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National Infantry Museum dedicates Holocaust exhibit to late Columbus judge

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A beautiful exhibit dedicatedto the late juvenile Judge Aaron Cohn was unveiled Sunday at the NationalInfantry Museum.

The exhibit displays theterror of the Holocaust and triumph of America in World War II.

We all may remember JudgeAaron Cohn as an outstanding juvenile judge in Columbus but his daughter GailCohn says for many, he was a hero.

"He was a wonderfulhero.  The reason was because he livedhis values.  He didn't just talk aboutthem and expect you to do them; he modeled them.

With a dedication plaqueand an oil painting of Judge Cohn behind them, his children and key supporterscut the ribbon to officially open the exhibit.

"I'm really, reallyexcited that they have chosen this particular exhibit to dedicate to our dad,Judge Aaron Cohn because he believed that the lessons of the Holocaust aboutmans humanity towards man should always be remembered; so that we can take careof each other, take up for each other and be good to each other," said GailCohn.

During a video presentation,Judge Cohn reflects on his time in World War II.

"There was agentleman there who was a fine looking man who looked like a cadaver. He tookmy hand and he kissed it and he said Major Cohn when you get back to the UnitedStates of America, you must tell the world what has happened to us."

Judge Cohn helped liberatea concentration camp in North Austria.  Cohn was in the 3rd ArmoredCalvary, one of 35 units that fought in World War Two.

"He often talkedabout the Holocaust and the lessons that it gave us.  And, the lessons that it gave us is that wehad to speak up and speak out against injustice. We had to fight for the good.   We had to take care of this democraticcountry of ours," said Gail Cohn.

The exhibit features firsthand images of concentration camps and the uniforms soldiers and prisoners woreduring that time.

"To come to this exhibitreally reflects the greatness of our country and the greatness of a citizenarmy and the American soldier. To see the liberties that were so hard fought inthis wonderful arena the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia istruly a treasure," Gail Cohn said.

Unfortunately Judge Cohnwas unable to see the dedication, he passed away in July.

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