COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM/WXTX) – Many of us read about the Holocaust in history class. and learned about the genocide in which approximately 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945.
Rabbi Beth Schwartz of Temple Israel in Columbus has a personal connection to the Holocaust; Her father-in-law was a tank gunner during World War II and a liberator.
It's with this personal connection that she's looking forward to seeing the traveling exhibit of the Holocaust which opens Tuesday at the National Infantry Museum, entitled Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints.
"To have this exhibit here where it really pays tribute to what our troops did and what our troops saw, our armored divisions and our infantry divisions that it really happened, that it cannot be denied," Schwartz said.
The exhibit will be at NIM through April 30.
For some, the memories never get old because it happened to them. That's the story of Vera Grifenhagen of Columbus.
"My father was arrested by the Nazis several times. And he was one of those who didn't do what they told him to do. So he knew he had to get out of Germany because that's just the way he was. He got arrested. He was put in jail overnight. He had all kinds of things happen. he had a store there, a retail store, and they came one day with whitewash and wanted him to paint the words this is a Jew store and he said if you want to put that on it you an but I'm not. And he did not ever salute that Nazi salute...He did not do that either. So he did know he had to get out of Germany," Grifenhagen said.
Grifenhagen said she moved to Columbus when she was 1-year-old in 1937; her mother had relatives here in a time where you couldn't leave Germany unless you had "Someone to sponsor you."
"Everyone should learn fro the Holocaust that you're human beings and it doesn't really matter if you believe in God fine, if you don't that's OK, too, but in order to get along in the world, they should understand what took place all those years in germany and the other countries," Grifenhagen said.
For more information on the National Infantry Museum, you can visit their website by clicking here. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays.
For extended interviews and an explanation of what's in the exhibit, check out the videos at the top of the page.