Unlikely Liberators Photo Exhibit

Unlikely Liberators Photo Exhibit

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WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Legacy Center, in partnership with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui, presents a photo exhibit about the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and the liberation of the Dachau Death March. The exhibit was curated by military historian, Eric Saul, and documents the encounters between Nazi concentration camp prisoners and Nisei soldiers of the 522nd Field Battalion.

The 522nd was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit made up primarily of Japanese Americans who fought valiantly for the U.S. in World War II.  In the war’s closing days, the 522nd came across prisoners from the sub camps of Dachau.

Known as the Dachau Death March, prisoners were forced to march as the Nazi attempted to destroy evidence of the Holocaust.  GI’s from the 522nd — some of whom had volunteered from U.S. internment camps where their families were imprisoned — came face to face with and assisted the sub camp prisoners.

WHEN/WHERE: Through Jan. 29, Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, 665 Kahului Beach Rd.

COST: Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura at (808) 870-8047 or YukiLei.Sugimura@gmail.com.

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