The Touro College Hans Goldschmidt Institute for Human Rights and the Holocaust presents a Virtual Talk with Concentration Camp Liberator Alan Moskin on January 28, 12-1:30pm (ET), part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Alan Moskin was born in Englewood, New Jersey on May 30, 1926. He was drafted into the military service at the age of 18 and served in the United States Army during World War II from September 1944 until August 1946. He was a member of the 66th infantry, 71st Division, part of General George Patton's 3rd Army. His outfit fought in combat through France, Germany, and Austria during which time he was promoted in rank from Private to Staff Sergeant. On May 4, 1945, his Company participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen. After the war ended, he continued to serve in Germany until June 1946 as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation.
When he returned to the United States he became a lawyer. He is a past commander of the Rockland/Orange District Council of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. In 2014, he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame and the following year he was elected by the Veterans Coordinating Council in Rockland County, NY, to be the "2016 Veteran of the Year." He has spoken throughout the United States about his experiences as an infantry combat soldier and a Concentration Camp liberator.