February 1, 2019
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement mourning the passing of Robert Bain:
“On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), we collectively mourn the passing of North Dakota WWII veteran Robert Bain. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
“I first met Mr. Bain in 2016 at a Holocaust commemoration event in Bismarck, ND, co-sponsored by the JCRC, North Dakota National Guard, and Bismarck State College. It was at that event that I learned that Mr. Bain served in the 89th Infantry Division in WWII and helped liberate Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the German concentration camp, Buchenwald.
“I thank Robert Bain for his military service. It was the courage of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and those of all the Allied nations which destroyed Nazi Germany and ended the Holocaust.
“We also recognize Mr. Bain’s enduring contributions to Concordia College with whom the JCRC has an important partnership in education.
“The JCRC extends its condolences to Robert Bain’s family. May his memory be for a blessing.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.