Xavier color guard takes part in Kristallnacht-Veteran’s Day commemoration

World War II veterans honored by opening of Liberation and Justice exhibit | November 5, 2004

The Xavier ROTC color guard, among others, is participating in a special, combined Kristallnacht-Veteran’s Day commemoration on Nov. 10 at Cincinnati’s Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The event’s highlight is the grand opening of the Center’s latest original exhibition, Liberation and Justice.

A diverse and collaborative program—reflecting the personal stories in the new exhibit—will engage audiences of all backgrounds and ages. Her Excellency Arlette Conzemius, Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States, will deliver the keynote address and David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will convey a special message. The Xavier University ROTC Color Guard, the Miami University Collegiate Chorale and cellist Lee Fiser of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music will contribute to the program.

Mini-guided tours begin at 3:00 p.m. and the official program begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception. WWII veterans from the tri-state area who served in the allied forces will be recognized and honored.

Available to the public year-round, Liberation and Justice is a permanent installation. It integrates eyewitness testimony, interactive technology and historical artifacts to immortalize the courage and integrity demonstrated by America’s greatest generation. These are the veterans’ stories, told by the actual American soldiers who liberated Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Complementing and completing the story of liberation is the remarkable story of Henry Meyer, a young teenage survivor liberated from Ohrdruf camp, among only a handful found alive. The exhibit also features testimony from John E. Dolibois, author, former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg and former vice president of Miami University at Oxford. He relates his experiences as an interrogator of top Nazi war criminals prior to the Nuremberg trials.

“These are real people…neighbors, parents and grandparents who truly changed history,” said Racelle Weiman, director of the Center. “Time is not on our side, so we’re doing everything we can to preserve their extraordinary stories for future generations.”

Liberation and Justice is part of the larger Mapping Our Tears educational exhibit, an exhibit that attracted thousands of people last year.

Mapping Our Tears is truly a national treasure right here in our own backyard,” said a member of the Farmer family, whose foundation made this project possible. WVXU, the Cintas Corporation, SOS Video Communications, Nor-Com Communications, CET (the local PBS affiliate), Cincinnati Pops, UC-CCM and many others contributed to this successful project. US WWII Veterans from across the tri-state donated artifacts, gave testimony, and participated in programs dedicated to preserving their experiences and incorporating their stories into educational programs for future generations.

The public is invited to attend a special unveiling ceremony and reception.