7/17/2018
 
"The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust" Exhibit to Open at Holocaust Museum Houston September 7
 

"The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust," opens in the Mincberg Gallery Friday, September 7, 2018, at Holocaust Museum Houston's temporary location, 9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100. Curated by Texas Tech University in collaboration with the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, this powerful show tells the story of 24 U.S. soldiers who liberated the concentration camps in Europe at the end of the Second World War. Upon entering the camps, the soldiers were not prepared for the terror, torture and depravity they discovered. Although they were hailed as liberators by the prisoners, what the soldiers found haunted many of them for the rest of their lives.

The exhibit provides a context for World War II, a history of the Holocaust and the Liberation in an interactive, engaged environment. Visitors will tour 24 free-standing panels, each honoring a Texas Liberator featured in the project, including Houston liberators Johnnie Marino, "Chick" Havey, Ben Love and A.I. Schepps. The exhibit features modern portraits by photographer Mark Umstot, service photos of the men, as well as a selection of oral testimony clips and WWII military artifacts. Berkowitz's Honor Roll, a record with the names of more than 300 Texas Liberators, will also be displayed. Visitors can interact with iPads showing the Texas Liberator Project's website and app, designed for teachers, students and others who want to learn more about the Liberation of the camps, the experiences of the Texas Liberators and the history of the Holocaust.

"For so long, World War II liberators went largely unnoticed," said Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston. "It's an incredible honor to be able to showcase these brave soldiers and their important contributions to humanity."

The exhibit will be on view Friday, September 7, 2018, through Sunday, October 28, 2018, in the Mincberg Gallery. Visitors also have access to the Museum's permanent exhibit, "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" and films "Voices" and "Voices II."

Holocaust Museum Houston's Morgan Family Center is temporarily located one mile south of NRG Stadium at 9220 Kirby Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77054. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for AARP members; free for children, students and college-level students with valid ID; and free on Sundays. For more information, call 713-942-8000. To learn more about HMH's main campus expansion to more than double its size and open in spring 2019, click here.

 
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