Local Holocaust Survivor to Celebrate 100th Birthday at Union Terminal

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Contact: Kara Driscoll, Holocaust & Humanity Center, (513) 638-0508, [email protected]

The Holocaust & Humanity Center to host Birthday Celebration for Dr. Al Miller

CINCINNATI (October 25, 2022) The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will host a 100th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Al Miller, a beloved Cincinnatian, U.S. veteran, and Holocaust survivor.

In conversation with former Chief Executive Officer Sarah Weiss, Miller will share his story and his advice and reflections on living a fulfilling and meaningful life. The celebration will occur on November 20, at 4:30 pm. in Reakirt Auditorium, followed by a reception with cake and refreshments in the Union Terminal Rotunda.

Miller was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. His family owned a successful clothing company, and he has many happy memories of his early childhood. As an active youth, he enjoyed sports until one day he arrived at his favorite recreation center to find it forbidden to Jews. He remembers many of his childhood friends joining the Hitler Youth and wearing their uniforms with pride and cutting him out of their lives for being Jewish. He was the last Jewish student to remain in his class until it was made too uncomfortable for him to stay.

In 1936, Miller attended the infamous Berlin Olympics in which American runner Jesse Owens won four medals. As conditions became worse for the Jews of Germany, his family put together a plan to leave the country and resettle elsewhere. Al departed Nazi Germany in 1937 for Switzerland, while his brother was sent to England. His parents remained in Germany, enduring Kristallnacht and hiding in a friend’s home. The family was eventually to reunite in England before immigrating to America in 1939. Miller settled in Hamilton, Ohio where he practiced optometry until his retirement.

Miller’s story is prominently featured in the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s AWARD-WINNING MUSEUM at historic Union Terminal – the site where many survivors came to by train to rebuild their lives in Cincinnati after the war. The public is invited to attend the celebration in person and via Zoom. REGISTRATION is required.

The event is sponsored by Duke Energy and Graeter’s Ice Cream.

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC impacts more than 2.5 million people every year through digital and in-person events, museum tours, educational experiences, social media, and virtual content. From Australia to India, individuals from more than 25 countries and 30 states engage with our mission. For more information, visit WWW.HOLOCAUSTANDHUMANITY.ORG