Day of Remembrance

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The Otter Tail County Historical Society ‘s Military Roundtable (OTC-MP) for April will commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by American military personnel. The program will take place on Monday, April 5 at noon at the county museum in Fergus Falls.

The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of Holocaust and established the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The museum located in Washington, D.C. has designated Stories of Freedom: What You Do Matters as the theme for the 2010 observance.

As Allied soldiers were closing in on Germany in the spring of 1945, they encountered dozens of concentration camps and were suddenly confronted with the reality of Nazi atrocities. For the soldiers, even the brutality of war did not prepare them for what they encountered. After visiting Buchenwald, General Eisenhower told his staff, “I want every American unit not actually in the front lines to see this place. We are told the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for. Now, at least he will know.”

The roundtable will include a dvd of actual footage shot by American military personnel in 1945. There is no charge to attend the program. For more information, email mhermes@otchs.org or call (218)736-6038.

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