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May 9, 2013

Local hero honored as Holocaust liberator

MILLEDGEVILLE — A Georgia Military College alumnus, the memory of late Jake Goldstein as one who helped liberate the concentration camps during World War II will be honored IN an exhibit shown at Georgia College.

“This is a really wonderful way to honor Jake’s memory and give him a tribute, given that he himself was a Holocaust liberator,” said Karen Berman, Georgia College Department of Theater chair. “He would tell me the stories of the horror he went through as he helped within the U.S. military to free the people in concentration camps. He talked about how they were starving and were ordered by the army to give them small amounts of food and water because their stomachs weren’t prepared for great amounts and it could kill them.”

The Georgia College Department of Theater and the Goodrich Hillel Association are presenting the Holocaust exhibit titled, “Visas for Life: Righteous Diplomats,” which premiered at the United Nations. The exhibit will open Friday at the Wooten-Garner House ArtFix Gallery, located across from the Old Governor’s Mansion on South Clarke Street.

“I’m really enjoying that the student Hillel society on campus, and the theater department can bring some Jewish culture to the campus. This exhibit helps people understand the Holocaust more and understand more about the unexpected heroes that were behind deaths that were under diplomatic centers all over the world that were at their own risk who were helping Jews escape from the Nazi’s,” said Berman, also faculty advisor to Hillel. “We’re helping teach students to live by their conscious, live their correct choices and problem-solve in innovative ways; that’s what these heroes did.”

The exhibit is provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast and the Consulate General of Israel in New York due to the work of Sylvia Wygoda, former executive director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. 

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