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Steinberg to speak at event Thursday

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Dr. Tom Steinberg was Vail's first full-time doctor.

VAIL — Seventy years ago, Vail's Dr. Tom Steinberg was a private in the U.S. Army and one of the troops in the 42nd Infantry Division who liberated Dachau, Germany. He eventually became Vail's first full-time physician.

Meet Steinberg, and hear his moving story firsthand Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

On April 29, 1945, the 42nd Infantry Division entered the Dachau concentration camp, the earliest and longest-functioning SS-controlled camp in Nazi Germany. When the three units arrived at Dachau, they discovered more than 30,000 prisoners in the overcrowded camp.

Immediately after Dachau's liberation, U.S. Army authorities and other Allied representatives began treating the sick prisoners, implementing health and sanitary measures to curb the typhus epidemic, and bringing in tons of food to feed the starving prisoners.

"We are honored that Dr. Tom Steinberg will be presenting a talk about his life changing experiences, his heroic acts and his first hand encounters with the survivors," said Rabbi Dovid Mintz. "This is also a great opportunity to bring your teens to learn about this part of history."

Steinberg's presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chabad Jewish Center, located at 1000 Lionsridge Loop, Vail Run Resort. There is no charge and the event is open to the public.

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For more information and to RSVP, call 970-476-7887 or visit http://www.JewishVail.com.