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January 13, 2017  RSS feed
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Expected sellout for Holocaust Museum’s 25 year celebration


General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Troy Middleton, commanding general of the XVIII Corps, Third US Army, tour the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. Ohrdruf, Germany, April 12, 1945. 
Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Troy Middleton, commanding general of the XVIII Corps, Third US Army, tour the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. Ohrdruf, Germany, April 12, 1945. Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration Invitations have just gone out for Florida Holocaust Museum’s To Life gala celebrating its 25 years and already the event is nearly a sellout.

The event will be on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Vinoy Renaissance in downtown St. Petersburg.

Keynote speaker will be David Eisenhower, grandson of former president and World War II Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

David Eisenhower will also accept a posthumous award on behalf of his grandfather, in honor of the pivotal role Eisenhower played in liberating the Nazi concentration camps and documenting what was discovered to ensure that the Holocaust could not be denied nor forgotten.

David Eisenhower is a historian and director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, senior research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication and a fellow in the university’s International Relations Department. He is the author of Eisenhower: At War, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1986.

At the end of World War II, Gen. Eisenhower made the decision to personally visit as many Nazi concentration camps as possible so that he could document the camps and their appalling conditions. Anticipating a time when Nazi atrocities might be denied, general Eisenhower also ordered the filming and photographing of camps as they were liberated.

As the media continue to report on current instances of hatred and intolerance throughout our nation and the world, the Holocaust Museum is committed to preventing future genocides by teaching the lessons of the past through testimonies and artifacts, thus focusing on past, present and future. The annual To Life event provides the backbone of funding for the museum’s educational programs in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida.

The gala will be in the Palm Court Ballroom at the Vinoy, 501 Fifth Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $250. To purchase tickets, go to: www.TheFHM.org/to-life-annual-benefit or call (727) 820-0100.


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