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WWII museum exhibit features US soldier's Holocaust memories

NOLA’s WWII Museum
Posted at 9:09 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 10:09:50-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Visitors to the National WWII Museum will be able to ask questions of a U.S. soldier who helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp. It's part of a traveling interactive exhibit.

The exhibit from the USC Shoah Foundation uses technology to spread the stories of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. The exhibit features a video screen showing Staff Sgt. Alan Moskin who helped liberate a camp in Austria with 15,000 Hungarian Jews.

Visitors can ask Moskin questions and listen to pre-recorded answers. Moskin was interviewed over five days and asked about 1,000 questions for the exhibit.

The exhibit starts Feb. 4 and goes to July 25.

“At The National WWII Museum we place primary importance on oral history and firsthand personal accounts of the war, on hearing directly from those who experienced the war,” said Kim Guise, Assistant Director for Curatorial Services. “Dimensions in Testimony allows participants to continue the conversations with Holocaust survivors and with liberators. Visitors and students can ask questions and receive real responses in the very words of those who lived through these experiences even when those witnesses can't be present.”

The National WWII Museum says the New Orleans installation is made possible through generous support from the Franco Family Fund and Karen and Leopold Sher.

To ensure a safe experience, Museum visitors are asked to reserve timed admission tickets in advance, practice physical distancing by maintaining a space of six feet or greater from other visitors and wear a face mask/covering at all times.

Free virtual programs both for the general public and specifically for students and teachers are being offered with the experience, including a virtual opening presentation on February 4 at 1:00 p.m. and a live webinar on May 4, the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, with Moskin himself, who continues to share his experiences from his home in New Jersey.

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