Event occurred on November 9, 2020.
Join the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center for a discussion featuring local veterans Maria Hale and Joel Nahari and historian Dan Hurley sharing his father’s military story. The panelists will reflect on lessons learned from military service and how they continue to serve the Greater Cincinnati community today. This powerful discussion in honor of Veterans Day and held on the anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) will inspire us all to be upstanders who serve our community.
Moderator: James Aubin, Manager of Public Programs for the Cincinnati Museum Center, is a veteran who served as an infantry Marine from 2007-2011 and a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.
Maria Hale served as a combat medic with an engineer battalion in the US Army, receiving a commendation for her outstanding performance. She now serves as an advocate for elderly veterans, visits hospitals, makes food, and just a few weeks ago organized a birthday parade for a 100-year-old Marine Corps veteran. As a survivor of Military Sexual Assault, she speaks to students about her experience and helps other survivors.
Historian Dan Hurley will share the impact of his father, Irwin Hurley’s, military service, which is the subject of a book that Dan Hurley is writing based on his father’s letters. The book details how World War II radically expanded the boundaries of Irwin Hurley’s middle-class youth in Covington, Kentucky. Serving as a white officer in an all African American Quartermaster Truck Company that helped to liberate Dachau forced him to reexamine many basic assumptions.
Joel Nahari is a veteran of the US Navy who served in aviation and Special Operations, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After his retirement from the Navy, LCDR Nahari became the Senior Naval Science Instructor for the JROTC unit at Wall High School in NJ, and then he transferred to Pendleton County High School in Falmouth, KY, retiring in 2014. He continues to serve as a volunteer in veterans and community organizations, including sharing his parents’ story as part of the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s Coppel Speakers Bureau.