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To the US National Committee for Crystallography

Dear friends,

Yesterday we all were very much shocked by the horrifying pictures of New York and Washington. Unbelievable what happened; this catastrophe goes beyond any imagination. At the time the first news came in, my complete group was gathered and we first did not believe that the message could be true. However, it just appeared to be the beginning of the terrorist’s attack and the day changed into one of the real black days of history.

On behalf of the IUCr I want to express our sympathy in these difficult days with the American people and in particular with all our colleagues in crystallography and their relatives.

Henk Schenk
President, International Union of Crystallography