Former Ambassador John Dolibois, who was an interrogator in the prosecution of Nazi war criminals during the Nuremberg War Trials, is speaking to Xavier students about his experiences at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Kennedy Auditorium in the Conaton Learning Commons.
This is the third lecture in the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement’s annual series "Touching History." Previous events featured Dr. Franklin McCain of the Greensboro Four lunch counter sit-in and Sarah Niemoeller, whose family was involved in a plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Dolibois’ appearance is sponsored by the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
John Dolibois emigrated from Luxembourg at age 13. He found himself back in his hometown in 1945 as an interrogator with the U.S. Army. Following the surrender of Germany in World War II, he was one of five men assigned the duty of interrogating some of the war’s most notorious criminals—top Nazi leadership including Herman Goering, Julius Streicher and Rudolf Hess.
Years later, President Ronald Reagan appointed Dolibois as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.
"We at Xavier are honored by the opportunity to hear from John Dolibois firsthand about his experiences with the Nazi architects of Hitler’s final solution,” says Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement. “The Ambassador will give our students insights to supplement what they can only hope to capture from the best history books."
Ingber’s friendship with Dolibois is personal and deep for both men—Ingber’s grandparents on both sides and extended family were murdered in the Holocaust.