By MENACHEM Z. ROSENSAFT, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants.

To the Editor:
Witold Rybczynski misses the essence of the objections to the proposed design for a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington: it highlights Eisenhower’s youth in Kansas far more than his military or political achievements.
Years before he was elected president, Eisenhower entered history as Supreme Allied Commander for the European theater in World War II. For Holocaust survivors and their families in particular, he holds an iconic place in our hearts for his leadership of the multinational troops who liberated the Nazi death and concentration camps in 1945.
Mr. Rybczynski is wrong when he writes that “compromise and consensus … are a poor recipe for creating a memorial.” On the contrary, the planned memorial to Eisenhower must take into account the perspectives and concerns of those Americans whose lives he touched and influenced most directly.
As the son of survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, I agree with Susan and Anne Eisenhower that their grandfather should be depicted above all as the general who rescued Europe and the world from the scourge of Nazism.
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