Xavier students will hear Ambassador John Dolibois tell the story of how the knowledge he gained as an interrogator assisted in prosecuting Nazi criminals during the Nuremberg War Trials. He will appear on Oct. 23 at 7 pm in Kennedy Auditorium of Xavier’s Conaton Learning Commons in an event sponsored by Xavier University’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
This is the third lecture in the Interfaith Community Engagement annual series of 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.
John Dolibois emigrated from Luxembourg at age 13. He found himself back there in 1945 as an interrogator with the U.S. Army. Following the surrender of Germany in World War II, he became one of five men assigned the duty of interrogating some of the most notorious criminals in human history - top Nazi leadership, including Herman Goering, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. Years later, President Ronald Reagan appointed Dolibois 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 Xavier’s 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 family was ravaged by the Holocaust.