1/25/2005
 
Houston Marks 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
 
HOUSTON, TX – This year marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Although there were hundreds of camps throughout Europe, the Auschwitz camp has become a symbol to the world of the horrors of the Holocaust and the Nazi hold on Europe during WWII.

As the world commemorates this anniversary, Houston will welcome renowned expert on Auschwitz, Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, who will speak at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center the very evening of January 27. Dr. van Pelt, a professor of cultural architecture at University of Waterloo in Canada, is considered by many to be the foremost expert on the Auschwitz death camp. “The fact that he has chosen to be in Houston on this special anniversary is incredibly meaningful,” said Museum Chairperson Eileen Weisman of van Pelt’s visit.

When the Red Army liberated Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, few took notice. Unlike the liberation of Majdanek six months earlier, which led to headlines in all the press, newspapers largely ignored the discovery of the most lethal of the extermination camps. Sixty years later, the day of liberation of Auschwitz has become in many countries the official Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Auschwitz has become a symbol of the Holocaust as such.

This year’s anniversary, especially, is one of particular note and symbolism to the world. The reality of time is that there will be virtually no eyewitnesses to the horrors of Auschwitz or any of the Nazi atrocities that will still be alive for a 70th or 75th commemoration. Said Weisman, “It is essential that organizations like our museum and institutions and individuals throughout the world continue to carry on the message and make certain that the hate and apathy that occurred sixty years ago in Europe will serve as a lesson not to be forgotten.”

Holocaust Museum Houston is an education center and living memorial dedicated to teaching the dangers of hate, prejudice and apathy against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance and education. The Museum’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public every day and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Its Internet address is http://www.hmh.org.

For additional information on the anniversary or to arrange coverage of the visit by Dr. van Pelt or interviews with Holocaust survivors, please contact Michael Rosen at 713.527.1603.
 
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