The Holocaust Memorial Center hosts a public ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 20, dedicating The Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg Gallery, a new addition that will house an authentic World War II-era boxcar.
The Nazis used boxcars to transport millions of European Jews and other victims to concentration camps and their deaths during the Holocaust
A generous gift from local philanthropists Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg funded construction of this new gallery, which was built in memory of Henrietta’s family murdered in the Holocaust, her parents, Sara and Israel Gastfrajnd, and brothers, Rubin and Hershel Gastfrajnd. his gift also is being used toward an education endowment.
The Weisbergs, who were honored at the Holocaust Memorial Center’s Anniversary Dinner on Nov. 11, are longtime benefactors to the Holocaust Memorial Center, as well as to Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Beaumont Hospital, among others. The Weisbergs’ daughter-in-law, Lori, is a docent at the Holocaust Memorial Center.
“We are very grateful to the Weisbergs for this generous donation,” said Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman. “This gallery allows us to display an object of great significance that will not only educate our visitors, but stand as a reminder of one of the darkest periods in human history.”
Source: Holocaust Memorial Center press release