Michael and Nancy Fordonski of Oak Park place a brick on the thing Holocaust Memorial
Center, with the help of Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig, HMCfounder and executive director.
sents the dawn of a new enlightenment,
Rabbi Rosenzveig said, calling it "a
behavioral enlightenment that was
apparently missing from the original
enlightenment of human civilization."
One by one, Rabbi Rosenzveig read
off the survivors' names. And, one by
one, each placed a brick in a growing
wall of memories.
Building and outfitting the new
HMC will cost $15 million. About
$5.4 million has been raised so far, and
the public fund-raising campaign is just
about to begin, Rabbi Rosenzveig said.
Sam Offen of West Bloomfield lost
more than 50 members of his imme-
diate and extended family to Hitler's
Offen said the new Holocaust
Memorial Center "is like a cemetery
for the 6 million" killed in the Shoah.
"The majority were burned; they have
no burial place, no gravestone," he said.
"After the last survivor's demise,
there will not be any eyewitnesses left
to affirm the most horrendous crime
ever perpetrated against the Jewish
The steel frame for the new
Holocaust Memorial Center,
under construction in
Farmington Hills. The current 18-year-
old site is at Maple and Drake in West
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