The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust

September 7, 2018 through October 28, 2018

Location: Mincberg Gallery

 The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust tells the story of 25 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.

Curated by Texas Tech University in collaboration with the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, 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 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.

The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust is sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Original exhibition design produced by the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Premier Sponsor

Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Presenting Sponsor
A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation

Title Sponsor
Joan and Marvin Kaplan

Lead Sponsors
Chilton Capital Management
Diane Merrill
Allison and Russell Molina
Scott and Judy Nyquist
Jerry Rochman
Regina Rogers
Jeri and Marc Shapiro
Jeannie and Gary Wermuth


Press Release
"Johnnie Marino" Photograph courtesy of the Marino Family
"Johnnie Marino" Photograph courtesy of the Marino Family
"Ben Love" The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust is sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. O
"Ben Love" The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust is sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. O "Ben Love" The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust is sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Original exhibition design produced by the Museum of Texas Tech University.
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"Bernie 'Chick' Havey" The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust is sponsored by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Original exhibition design produced by the Museum of Texas Tech University.
"A.I. Schepps" Photograph courtesy of the Brand Family.
"A.I. Schepps" Photograph courtesy of the Brand Family. "A.I. Schepps" Photograph courtesy of the Brand Family.
Staff Sergeant Jesse G. Reyes. 
Liberator of Dachau concentration camp.
Photo courtesy of the Reyes Family.
Staff Sergeant Jesse G. Reyes. Liberator of Dachau concentration camp. Photo courtesy of the Reyes Family.
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