Holocaust Museum Director to Open 'Righteous Cause' Exhibit
|ABILENE, Kan. - Eisenhower and the Righteous Cause: The Liberation of Europe, an original exhibit of artifacts and photographs telling a powerful story of post World War II Europe opens May 24. The exhibit will be on display through the rest of the year in the Temporary Gallery of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. |
A grand opening and reception will be held in the Museum at 6 p.m. on May 24. Sara Bloomfield, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will provide remarks at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required. Visitors may make reservations by calling 785-263-6700 or toll free 877-RING-IKE.
Bloomfield joined the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1986 when it was still in the development phase. Some of her many accomplishments include establishing the Museum's National Institute for Holocaust Education, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and Academy for Genocide Prevention.
The Eisenhower and the Righteous Cause exhibit examines the Holocaust, allied victory in Europe and the liberation of concentration camps. It also shows the humanitarian challenge of supporting displaced persons and enemy prisoners of war, removing Nazis from power in Germany and pursuing justice in the Nuremburg trials.
"The Righteous Cause exhibit is truly a powerful and ambitious exhibit that will have a profound impact on our visitors," comments Karl Weissenbach, Director, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. "The curatorial staff, with assistance from the National Archives in Washington, devoted considerable time locating rare and unique artifacts," adds Weissenbach.
Artifacts of particular interest include Nuremburg letters, Friedrich Kellner's diary, the original Russian language version of the German surrender and signed copies of Hitler's Mein Kampf. Also on display will be concentration camp artifacts and gifts to Truman and Eisenhower from survivors and displaced persons.
"Without donor support, exhibits such as these would not be possible. We are extremely honored to have Sara Bloomfield as the keynote speaker for the grand opening," states Weissenbach.
To supplement the exhibit, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will host a teacher's workshop, public programs and a film series. The best way to stay informed of these events is to visit the web site at www.eisenhower.archives.gov or become a fan on Facebook.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration
. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. An admission fee is charged for the Museum only.
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