New York Holocaust museum plans to open South Florida branch

Sergio Carmona, South Florida Sun Sentinel
·2 min read

The New York-based Amud Aish Memorial Museum, which focuses on Holocaust victims' experiences, is planning on building a branch in South Florida.

Rabbi Sholom Friedmann, the museum’s director and chief executive officer, said the planning for the local branch is at its early stages. He noted the museum is looking to open it somewhere in Palm Beach County within the next few years.

“Building a museum and even an exhibit is a daunting task and it’s A drawn out process, but we have begun,” Friedmann said. “We have some people in Florida who we’re talking to who are interested in seeing something like this built in the area, and we’re exploring all the details such as where, when and how.”

Friedmann said the general work of the museum and its educational division, the Kleinman Holocaust Education Center, covers the narrative of the Holocaust while also broadening on it.

“We don’t restrict ourselves to 1933-1945," he continued. “We really talk about the victim experience and we try to put a lot of emphasis on who were they, where were they coming from and what enabled them to persevere and have the strength and the courage to try to survive, for those who did survive.”

Friedmann continued, “We discuss pre-war, the war years and persecutive that occurred, but we also talk about after the war and the time they spent in the displaced persons camps.”

“We also talk about how these victims made their way out to different parts of the world and established themselves and rebuilt,” he said.

Visit amudaish.org for more information on the museum.

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