Texas Liberators of World War II Nazi concentration camps are decreasing in numbers daily — in 2015, we marked the liberation’s 70th anniversary! These heroes will soon be gone, and with them, the opportunity to put a human face on history will pass. With the pressure of time, THGC recorded liberators’ testimonies for use in classrooms and for other educational and research initiatives.
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission saw the collection, archiving and preservation of the stories of Texas Veterans who personally witnessed the results of Nazi atrocities as a critical and immediate goal. These veterans’ value to history scholars and our understanding of events is second only to their more immediate impact on teaching history in the classroom of today’s youth. These testimonies provide a sustaining educational experience about the liberation period at the end of WWII.
As a result of THGC’s efforts to archive the experiences of Texas veterans, we received the Preservation Texas 2014 Curtis Tunnell Award. This award recognizes achievements in the promotion and preservation of Texas’ multicultural heritage.