NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Visitors to the National WWII Museum will be able to ask questions of a U.S. soldier who helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp as part of a traveling interactive exhibit from the USC Shoah Foundation that uses technology to spread the stories of Holocaust survivors and witnesses.
The exhibit features a video screen showing Staff Sgt. Alan Moskin, an American veteran of World War II, who helped liberate a camp in Austria with 15,000 Hungarian Jews. Visitors can ask Moskin questions and listen to pre-recorded answers. Moskin was interviewed over five days and asked about 1,000 questions so that he would be able to give tailored answers to just about any question a visitor would have.
The installation, dubbed “Dimensions in Testimony: Liberator Alan Moskin,” will be at the museum starting on Feb. 4 to July 25. The USC Shoah Foundation records and preserves the testimonies of people who witnessed genocide around the world. The vast majority of the material they have gathered is about the Holocaust.
“At The National WWII Museum we place primary importance on oral history and firsthand personal accounts of the war, on hearing directly from those who experienced the war,” said Kim Guise, Assistant Director for Curatorial Services said in a news release. “Dimensions in Testimony allows participants to continue the conversations with Holocaust survivors and with liberators.”
Moskin was one of 500,000 American Jews to serve in World War II, according to the news release. After the war, Moskin went on to law school and didn’t speak about his service or the camp until 1985 when he started sharing his experiences.
The exhibit will also feature various artifacts including a German Luger on loan from Moskin.