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Resource ID: #17314
Subject: State Government
Source: Boston Globe
Date: 2000-10-12



A Boston Globe investigation into the a local political figure's past reveals that the politician has lied for years about how his involvement in World War II. For many years, Paul Parks, a civil rights leader in Boston and the former Massachusetts education secretary, has had a reputation as "a bridge-builder between black and Jewish communities based on his credentials -- unquestioned for decades -- as a liberator of the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945." Parks also is known to tell dramatic stories about his involvement in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy. A review of military records, however, reveals that Parks, in fact, did not assist in the D-Day Invasion or the Dachau liberation.

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