S&T professor to give a talk on liberation of concentration camps

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American soldiers march into Buchenwald upon liberation of the camp, April 11, 1945. Photo credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Virginia Longest.

Dr. John McManus, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of history at Missouri S&T, will give a talk as part of the event series associated with the Americans and the Holocaust exhibit. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library.

In “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: The Experiences of American Soldiers who Liberated or Witnessed Concentration Camps, April 1945” McManus will discuss the realities of the liberation of Ohrdruf, Buchenwald, and Dachau. The talk draws on the archival sources and firsthand accounts that provided the foundation for his 2015 book, Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945.

McManus is one of the nation’s leading military historians and the author of 14 non-fiction books about American military history. He hosts the World War II history podcast Someone Talked! and is in frequent demand as a speaker and expert commentator on 20th and 21st century American war, having  appeared on C-Span, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Network, History and PBS.

For more information on the lecture or related events, parent and teacher resources and recommended reading and viewing, please visit libguides.mst.edu/holocaustexhibit/events.

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association. Missouri S&T’s library is one of 50 libraries nationwide selected to host the exhibit.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan and Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen and Rob, Nancy and Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The museum’s exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

About the Curtis Laws Wilson Library

The Curtis Laws Wilson Library is located on Missouri S&T’s campus at 400 W. 14th Street in Rolla. Dedicated in 1968, the library is named in honor of the dean of the university (then named the Missouri School of Mines) from 1941-1963. Learn more about the library at library.mst.edu.

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires leaders and citizens worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum’s far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit ushmm.org.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of approximately 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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