Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Docents now begin tours of the museum by sharing the history of the World War II boxcar, which is similar to those that carried Jews to concentration camps.
The dedication Tuesday night of a new World War II-era boxcar exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) in Farmington Hills marked "a new chapter in the history of this institution," museum president Gary Karp said. The Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg Gallery houses the artifact in a setting that resembles the places where Jews gathered before boarding the cars that took them to concentration camps, where 6 million perished. Extended family and more than 150 friends and museum supporters joined the Weisbergs at the event. Executive director Stephen Goldman said while other museums house World War II boxcars, the HMC's positioning of it as an embarcation point for museum tours makes it unique. Ending at the International Institute of …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The event celebrates the addition of a World War II-era boxcar exhibit at the Farmington Hills museum.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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 …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The World War II-era relic is lifted by crane over the trees at the Holocaust Memorial Center on Orchard Lake Road.
Alexander Karp watched Monday morning as crews moved a World War II-era boxcar into its new space at the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills. A Holocaust survivor and West Bloomfield resident, Karp said the boxcar is "approximately the same size" as the one that carried him and 20 of his family members to Birkenau concentration camp in 1944. Only he and an uncle survived. While some may want to block from their minds the horrific loss of more than six million Jews and other non-Aryans, Karp said he will not. "It's something we cannot forget," he said. The center's executive director Stephen Goldman said while other Holocaust museums have boxcars, the location of the HMC's exhibit, near the building'…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg of Bloomfield Hills will fund construction of the gallery at the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Bloomfield Hills resident Henrietta Weisberg seemed in awe of the moment Wednesday night, as more than 50 guests gathered to break ground for the new Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg Gallery at the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) in Farmington Hills. The next exhibit is a permanent outdoor structure that will house an authentic World War II-era boxcar, like those used by Nazis to transport millions of European Jews to death camps during the Holocaust. "I never expected to be able to do something so wonderful," said Weisberg, who survived the Holocaust. She said she came to the U.S. 65 years ago "with only a Kleenex in my pocket". HMC president Gary Karp said the exhibit represents "an exciting new chapter" in the museum's history. The …