Alfred Frye, 81, is the last surviving soldier to have helped in the capture of Nazi leader Hermann Goering. On May 7, 1945, the private was assigned to drive Army Lt. Jerome Shapiro to a snowy road in Austria, 80 miles behind enemy lines in order to capture Goering. Goering, a signatory of the final solution, was head of the air force and after Hitler’s death, the leader of Nazi Germany. He had wanted to be captured by Americans rather than advancing Soviet troops. When Frye delivered Shapiro to Goering, the Nazi quietly surrendered his weapon to the American Jew. Shapiro passed away in 1968 but Frye will be in Los Angeles today to help open a series of Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations, beginning with the official opening of “Liberation! Revealing the Unspeakable,” a new exhibit honoring the Allies of World War II at the Museum of Tolerance in West Los Angeles. A one-day feature will include Goering’s gold-plated gun and the American service pistol used to capture him.
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