Kara Driscoll, Holocaust & Humanity Center, (513) 638-0508, [email protected]
100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor and Veteran Loans WWII Uniform to Museum
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and media preview on Wednesday, November 16, at 12 p.m., for the unveiling of a new artifact installation featuring the U.S. Army uniform of 100-year-old Holocaust survivor and veteran Dr. Al Miller.
100-Year-Old Holocaust survivor and veteran Dr. Al Miller has loaned the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center his U.S. Army “Eisenhower jacket” to display in the museum. After escaping Nazi Germany with his family, Miller arrived in the U.S. in 1940. Entering the U.S. Army in 1943, Miller was trained in military intelligence with the 3rd Infantry Division. Miller returned to Germany where he used his German speaking skills to interrogate suspected war criminals for post-war trials covering crimes and atrocities committed during World War II.
General Dwight Eisenhower was not fond of the original World War II uniform, which he felt was poorly for combat and restrictive. Eisenhower wanted the jacket to be “very short, very comfortable, and very natty looking.”
The Eisenhower “Ike jacket” became standard issue for U.S. troops beginning in November 1944. While it was intended for wear in battle, most soldiers preferred to wear it during non-combat situations, according to the Smithsonian. Miller’s uniform will be on display at the Holocaust & Humanity Center for a limited time.
The artifact unveiling comes days before Miller celebrates his 100th Birthday. The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will celebrate his birthday with a special event at Union Terminal on Sunday, November 20. 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 conversation will begin at 4:30 pm. in Reakirt Auditorium, followed by a reception with cake and refreshments in the Union Terminal Rotunda.
WHEN: November 16, 12 p.m.
WHERE: The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Media is invited to attend the museum ribbon cutting at Union Terminal. Interviews with museum leadership and Holocaust Survivor Al Miller will be made available. RSVP required to Communications Manager Kara Driscoll at 513-638-0508.
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