• Speaker Spotlight: Liberator Seymour Kaplan

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    One of the speakers at HMTC’s program, Rescue Beyond War: Unknown Military Heroes, on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 2 p.m. will be WWII liberator Seymour Kaplan. At 17-years old, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and left Brooklyn to fight against Nazi Germany. He became a machine gunner with the 692 Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the 42nd Infantry Division. At the end of the war, he was one of the first American soldier to enter Dachau Concentration Camp in April, 1945. As a Yiddish speaker Mr. Kaplan served as a translator for the camp Survivors. The shock of what he witnessed traumatized him for the rest of his life.

    When Mr. Kaplan returned home to New York, he established a garment manufacturing company, eventually retired, and then began a second career as a teacher. He is a mental health advocate and has been honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    The program is held in memory of Chevalier Herman “Hy” Horowitz, former liberator of Ohrdruf and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. Other speakers will include Gary Lewi, founding board member of the Museum of American Armor and the American Airpower Museum. In addition, there will be a special exhibit, GIs Remember: Liberating the Concentration Camps, curated by the National Museum of American Jewish Military History with accompanying artifacts from the HMTC archive.

    There is a suggested donation of $10 to attend. For more information or to RSVP contact Deborah Lom at (516) 571-8040 or email dlom@hmtcli.org.