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Unlikely Liberators (Temple Emanu-El)

08/20/2015
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2550 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817

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A photo exhibit curated by military historian, Eric Saul, documents the encounters between Nazi concentration camp prisoners and Nisei soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion. The 522nd was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit made up primarily of Japanese Americans who fought valiantly for the U.S. in World War II. In the war’s closing days, the 522nd came across sub-camps of the Dachau complex. GIs from the 522nd – some of whom had volunteered from U.S. “internment camps” where their families were imprisoned – came face to face with and assisted the sub-camp survivors.