“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it.”

—Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor

An Evening With Leon Bass

On February 26th at 6:00 p.m., The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education will welcome Dr. Leon Bass at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, who will speak on his experiences as a liberator at Buchenwald concentration camp and the importance of fighting prejudice wherever it exists.

As part of the U.S. Army 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion in World War II, Dr. Bass at age nineteen helped to liberate Buchenwald concentration camp. He saw the horrors of the Holocaust while also serving in a segregated military. “I was an angry soldier,” says Bass. “I was being asked to fight for freedom while at the same time, as a black man, I was constantly being told in many ways that I wasn’t good enough to have that freedom.”

Following World War II, Dr. Bass has dedicated much of his life as a teacher, a school administrator, and a speaker. He graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and later received a doctorate from Temple University. Dr. Bass was a principal for fourteen years at the Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia and also taught at various schools in the School District of Philadelphia. He has presented his story to audiences throughout the United States and across the world. He was a participant in the International Liberators Conference, the keynote speaker at the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, and was awarded the Pearlman Award for Humanitarian Advancement from Jewish Women International. Dr. Bass also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Documentary “Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II.”

Dr. Bass’s presentation will also be part of an educator workshop, “Unlocking the Gates: Liberation and the Nuremberg Trials.” Through film and examination of primary documents and sources, educators will explore the liberation of the concentration camps and the question of finding justice after the Holocaust.

Public Program: “An Evening with Dr. Leon Bass”
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Harriet Tubman Theater
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended. Please send to RSVP contact Education Associate, Kate Morris at kmorris@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513-487-3055.

Educator Workshop: “Unlocking the Gates: Liberation and the Nuremberg Trials” with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Leon Bass
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:30-7:30pm
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
To sign up for the workshop or for more information contact Director of Educational Outreach, Alexis Storch at astorch@holocaustandhumanity.org or 513-487-3055.