The National D-Day Museum is pleased to have in its collection a loaned copy of the small book containing the deathbed confession of the Nazi Commandant of Mauthausen entitled, Atrocities at Camp Mauthausen, Austria.
This artifact is a version of the confession printed at the camp in the days immediately after the liberation of Mauthausen.  It came to the museum via Shirley Johnson whose father smuggled the account out of the camp and gave it to his daughter many years later.  The confession and its impact on a young American soldier provides a powerful reminder of why we fought.

-Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, Ph.D.
President & CEO
The National D-Day Museum Foundation, Inc.
Shirley Johnson's,  A Soldier's Promise, tells the gripping story of her father, the late Sergeant Alvin Shipman, and his involvement with saving Jews during the Holocaust.  It is a story that reaches the hearts and souls of everyone who knows of the horrific catastrophe know the Holocaust, which literally destroyed European Jewry, when Nazi Germany and its allies throughout Europe murdered six million Jewish men, women, and children. 
Sergeant Shipman's story tells how he and squad of eight soldiers aided in the saving of thousands of Jewish lives, upon liberating a heretofore-unknown prison camp in Linz, Austria.  Sergeant Shipman's brave acts made him a hero in our time.  We, Jews in Israel and throughout the world, owe Sergeant Shipman and his like so very much.

-Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, Consul General of Israel for the Southeast Headquarters in Atlanta-

DEDICATION

This book is dedicated to the fighting men of the 65th Infantry Division in WWII.  They went further and faster than any other infantry division in that great war.  They fought, they suffered, and they liberated.  They truly earned "The Right To Be Proud."




                                                 The Battle Axe Division

In memory of my loving Dad, Sergeant Alvin W. Shipman, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Also, I want to personally thank two people who encouraged me to tell, and later write my father's story, Stan Barnett and Jon Levin, both with the Creative Artist Agency.  I am forever indebted to them for their help, friendship and encouragement.

Shirley Shipman Johnson
A SOLDIER'S PROMISE, THE ALVIN W. SHIPMAN STORY
SPECIAL NOTE:  Shirley Shipman Johnson of Poplarville, Mississippi lobbied lawmakers to create a State Holocaust Commission.  She felt it important to remind and educate current and future generations in Mississippi about the horrors of the Holocaust.  To teach them, that in the period between 1933 and 1945, 6,000,000 Jews, were systematically rounded up and murdered by a Nazi regime intent on complete Jewish annihilation, and to remind them it can happen again if we do not educate against it. 

On July 1, 2004 Shirley Shipman Johnson saw House Bill 1269 signed into law by Governor Haley Barbour creating the Mississippi Holocaust Commission.

Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, the Atlanta based Consul General of Israel, attended the bill signing ceremony and said, "A Mississippi Holocaust Commission can teach tolerance of different races and religions.  The survivors of the Holocaust are getting older, so it is important to remember-especially now with the rebirth of anti-Semitism throughtout the world, and with all kinds of revisionist historians arguing that the Holocaust never happened,  that  Commissions like this one in Mississippi are a beacon of hope for the future."