In Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center encourages you to view the following program offered by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM):
Program: “Eisenhower’s Foresight: Protecting the Truth of the Holocaust”
Platform: This program is available online as part of the USHMM Facebook Live Series.
During a tour of the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp in Germany, an Austrian Jewish survivor describes to General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his entourage the use of the gallows in the camp. National Archives.
Eisenhower’s Foresight: Protecting the Truth of the Holocaust
While Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower had studied his World War II enemy, he was unprepared for the Nazi brutality he witnessed at Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945. Bodies were piled like wood and living skeletons struggled to survive. Even as the Allied Forces continued their fight, Eisenhower foresaw a day when the horrors of the Holocaust might be denied. He invited the media to document the scene. He compelled Germans living in the surrounding towns and any soldier not fighting at the front to witness the atrocities for themselves. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join Susan Eisenhower, author of How Ike Led, to learn about her grandfather’s vigilance to preserve the truth about the Holocaust.
Susan Eisenhower, Author, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions, President and Chairman, The Eisenhower Group, Inc. Chairman Emeritus, Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College.
Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The program can be screened by clicking here.