Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Susan Medler
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Truman Library to Host Holocaust Survivors Panel on April 6

Stories from local survivors complement temporary exhibits
Truman & Israel and Portrait 2000

INDEPENDENCE, MO-The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will host a Holocaust Survivors Panel on Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Truman Library Auditorium. The program is included with regular Museum admission ($8 adults, $7 65+, $3 youths 6-15, free for children 5 and younger). Space is limited, and reservations are recommended; seats may be reserved by calling (816) 268-8261.

During this one-hour public program, three area Holocaust survivors will offer personal accounts from diverse regions of Europe during Nazi rule. The panel will include Ann and Isak Federman and Jack Mandelbaum and will be moderated by Fran Sternberg, program associate and historian with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

"We are honored to offer this important and deeply moving program to the community," said Michael Devine, director of the Truman Library. "Harry Truman's world-altering decision to recognize the state of Israel was motivated, in large part, by personal accounts like these and by his concern for displaced Jews who, fearful for their lives, were unable to return home after World War II."

The Holocaust Survivors Panel is presented in conjunction with Truman & Israel and Portrait 2000, side-by-side exhibits commemorating the 60th anniversary of President Truman's decision to recognize the state of Israel on May 14, 1948. Truman & Israel, a new exhibition organized by the Truman Library, takes visitors inside Truman's mind and heart in the years, days, and hours leading up to the creation of Israel. Diary entries, video stations, telegrams and other artifacts illuminate the fierce political battle in Washington as pro and con forces pressed upon the president in what is now considered to be one of the most significant foreign policy acts in American history. Portrait 2000 features 50 black-and-white portraits of Holocaust refugees and survivors who settled in Greater Kansas City. Organized by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education with funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the exhibit includes those participating in the Holocaust Survivors Panel on April 6.

Truman & Israel is made possible by the generous support of The Jacob & Frances Brown Family Fund, as well as The Sosland Foundation. The Truman Library gratefully acknowledges its presenting partner, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and exhibit committee members Joyce Hess, Gayle Krigel, Rosemary Nochlin, Vicki Reisler, Carol Sader, and Evy Tilzer.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and is located at 24 Highway and Delaware in historic Independence, Mo., twenty minutes from downtown Kansas City. There is ample free parking, with numerous nearby attractions, boutiques and restaurants.

Hailed as home to America's "best presidential museum," the Truman Library is one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

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