This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the WWII Allied Forces Liberation of the Concentration and Death Camps in Germany and Poland. The camps were liberated by Russian, Canadian (under British Command) and American forces. American liberator units were: the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division and 30th Infantry Division.
The Todah Menorah Memorial is the dream of Phil Berkowitz, a US Navy veteran, who lives in The Villages. Phil Berkowitz and E.F. Gene Sweeney, a US Air Force veteran, are the co-Founders of the Liberator Foundation, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Lifelong Learning College.
Featured speakers are:
Drew Willard. Pastor at United Church of Christ at The Villages and a Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point
Holocaust Survivor Gene Klein
Liberator Major Frank Towers, US Army (Ret.), who served with the 30th Infantry Division during WW II and liberated Dachau.
Dr. Rich Swier, LTC, US Army (Ret.) representing the 101st Airborne Division Association
ABOUT DR. RICH SWIER, LTC, US Army (Ret.)
Richard is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service. Additionally, he was awarded two Bronze Stars with “V” for Heroism in ground combat operations, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Richard commanded two nuclear capable field artillery units in Europe, served as Adjutant of the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was responsible for anti-terrorism and terrorism counter action doctrine while assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA. Richard culminated his career as the Deputy Inspector General for U.S. Army Pacific Command, the Army Component Command for U.S. Forces Japan, U.S. Forces Korea and Alaskan Command.
Richard holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Rich is Publisher of www.DrRichSwier.com, an internationally read e-Magazine.