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Bush Library Exhibits "Golden Book"

For Release: March 12, 2001
College Station, TX -

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will exhibit the Golden Book of Liepzig for one month in the library rotunda. Many European cities have "Golden Books" which are usually a registry signed by visiting dignitaries. This particular book was kept in the Liepzig city hall from 1933 to 1945. The Golden Book of Liepzig was saved from certain destruction by an American soldier, Jim Jensen, who was part of the Army 5th Corps that liberated the city of Liepzig in 1945. Shortly thereafter, control of Liepzig was relinquished to the Russians eventually becoming part of East Germany.

The signatures in this book represent the height of power of the Third Reich. It records the visits of Adolf Hitler, many of his top lieutenants, foreign emissaries from Japan and Italy, and other dignitaries

The George Bush Library and Museum will be the only place in the WORLD that this book will be on display before its return to Leipzig in May. Once returned to Leipzig, the Golden Book will never be displayed. German law does not allow for the public exhibition of this kind of Nazi artifact.

The exhibit will run from March 15, 2001 through April 15, 2001. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, $3.50 for senior citizens 62+ and groups of 20 or more with reservations. Children under 16 are free. For more information call 260-9552.

Built with private donations from thousands of people from throughout the world, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum officially opened on November 7, 1997, at a ceremony attended by President and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, former First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, members of the Bush family, and distinguished guests. Since its opening, the Bush Library has hosted more than 630,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions of the region.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum sits on 90 acres located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Bush Library is the tenth presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and supported in part, by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

The textual and audiovisual collections of the Library make it the ideal center of study for Bush Administration scholars. Its archives include more than 38,000,000 pages of personal, Vice Presidential, and Presidential papers of George Bush; 2,000,000 photographs, 5000 video tapes, 7000 volumes of printed material and 70,000 museum artifacts.

The financial support of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is a model of public/private partnership. The Library is supported by the American people through federal appropriations, fees generated by admission to the Museum, and through the generosity of thousands of individuals and corporations who donate money and in-kind services to the George Bush Library Foundation to support the Library's missions.

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Wednesday March 14, 2001
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Museum Rotunda

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091