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Please Volunteer | “Unlikely Liberators” at Kauai Veterans’ Center

2017 September 10
by Jeff

Dachau

Please Volunteer | “Unlikely Liberators”

As you now know, Lisa Splitstoesser’s husband, Mike, died unexpectedly Tuesday night. It has been a great shock and sadness to all of us who know and love this family.

Lisa was in charge of finding volunteers for the “Unlikely Liberators” exhibit at the Kauai Veterans Center. Mike and Lisa both played an integral part in getting this exhibit set up and running. To honor them, we are asking that as many of you as possible sign up for one or more shifts at the exhibit. It runs until 9/27 —- every day but Sundays. There are many slots yet to be filled. Sign up here or read below: http://signup.com/login/entry/492931708034.

By volunteering, we Jews also honor those brave, righteous Japanese soldiers (mostly from Hawaii) who freed the 5000 Jews on a death march and who also liberated Dachau and many of it’s sub camps.  Visiting the exhibit is a very emotional experience. You will feel a deep bond with Kauai’s Japanese community.

There are three types of volunteers: registrars, docents and security. And there are two shifts per day:  10 – 1 and 1 – 4. Each job is quite easy. Below is a description of each:

Registrar: Sits at the front desk and asks people to sign in. That’s it!

Docent: Familiarizes themselves with the history of the Japanese liberators and gives visitors to the exhibit a short overview of what they are going to see in the four “bays”. (We’ll send you a “cheat sheet”.)

Security: Just walks around the bays making sure nobody defaces anything. Pretty unlikely that anyone would.

About “Unlikely Liberators”

“Unlikely Liberators” is the remarkable story of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and the liberation of the Dachau death march.

The Kauai Veterans’ Center is sponsoring an exhibit by the Nisei Veteran’s Legacy. The exhibit will run from September 5 through 27. The exhibit was curated by military historian Eric Saul and documents the encounters between Dachau prisoners and Nisei soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Batallion. The 522nd was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit made up primarily of Americans of Japanese descent. The 442nd was the most decorated unit in World War II.

How to participate:

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Unlikely Liberators!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Please use this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/492931708034.
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions or know of others who would be interested in volunteering, please contact me, Micki Evslin, at micki.evslin@gmail.com.

Many thanks for your time!

Watch Eric Saul talking about the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in the YouTube videos below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgh-JQjR3js
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc0x1ay_UeE

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