Nisei Veterans center will host exhibit

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will host a free poster-and-artifact exhibit titled “ZIONISMUS: The German Roots of Zionism” from Tuesday through Jan. 31, according to an announcement.

Nisei veterans and Holocaust survivors have a shared World War II history.

“In April 1945, nisei soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, a unit of the segregated Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, rescued 5,000 Jews from a death march and liberated Jewish prisoners from at least two subcamps of Dachau concentration camp,” the announcement says.

Curated by the Leo Baeck Institute, the exhibit traces the transformation of Zionism from a utopian dream to a matter of survival for Jews before, during and after World War II. The exhibit has been shown on the U.S. Mainland and in Honolulu.

Zionism refers to the effort of Jews to regain and retain their biblical homeland. It is based on the promise of God in the Book of Genesis that Israel would forever belong to Abraham and his descendants as a nation. The term is named for Mount Zion, the site of the ancient temple in Jerusalem.