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Herman: Hail to Texans Who Helped Liberate Nazi Concentration Camps

Ken Herman

November 7, 2017

My Statesman - I cringed on Saturday when comedian Larry David, hosting "Saturday Night Live," told a concentration camp joke. Those last three words are a phrase I never thought I'd type.

That's why I call your attention to a Thursday event at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate chamber in the state Capitol when the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission will honor Texas liberators of Nazi concentration camps.

So far, the commission has identified about 350 Texans who served in units that liberated the camps. Several are scheduled to be on hand Thursday, including Birney T. "Chick" Havey of Seabrook and Herb Stern of Austin, both of whom told their stories in 2012 to the Baylor University Institute for Oral History. Those oral histories were used to help create the Texas Liberators Project, a great effort put together at Texas Tech University as an educational tool for high school students.

Havey, now 95, grew up in St. Louis where his dad was a traveling salesman and his family did OK at a time when many families did not. As a kid, Havey cut lawns for a quarter.

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