The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently honored Dwight D. Eisenhower with the 2017 Loebenberg Humanitarian Award. The posthumous award was given in recognition of the pivotal role General Eisenhower played while liberating the Nazi concentration camps, insisting that the horrors discovered in the camps be documented and artifacts preserved to ensure that the Holocaust could neither be denied nor forgotten.
David Eisenhower accepted the award on behalf of his grandfather, the Eisenhower Family, and the Eisenhower Foundation and Library. He also provided the Keynote Address for the 25th anniversary of the Florida Holocaust Museum, which is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country.
Feeling that the award belonged in Abilene, David sent the beautifully crafted glass flame to the Foundation where it is currently displayed beneath Ike’s portrait in the Executive Director’s office.