Holocaust Voices

holocaust voices

Voices from across the HMC Community offer their perspectives and experiences from the Holocaust, the museum, and more.




My Story – Bernard Klisman

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

By: Lori Ellis – Bernard (Benek) Klisman was born on December 12, 1923 to Raizel and Moshe Klisman in the city of Sosnowiec, Poland. He was 1 of 8 children, and 1 of the 3 members of his family that would miraculously survive the Holocaust. Most of his Holocaust history was held privately by him… Continue Reading My Story – Bernard Klisman

My Story – Rae Nachbar

Monday, December 7, 2020

By: Rae (Wygoda) Nachbar, Holocaust Survivor –  Was it luck? I am a survivor from Pultusk, Poland. On Sept 26, 1939, the entire Jewish population of over 3,000 people was driven out without warning by the Germans. They would not allow us to turn back and on foot, we ended up in Bialystok in the… Continue Reading My Story – Rae Nachbar

My Story – Michael Weiss

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

By: Michael Weiss, Holocaust Survivor –  My name is Michael Weiss. I am a Holocaust survivor. I was born in November 1924 in Kaszony, a little village in the Carpathian Mountains. My father, Adolf Weisz was born in October 1896 in Ung Baranya near Ungvar. My mother was Hermina Herskovics Weisz. At the time of… Continue Reading My Story – Michael Weiss

1 in 6,000,000

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

By: Aliza Tick, Education Specialist –  By the end of the Holocaust, some 6 million Jews had been murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. This number staggers the mind. We strain to appreciate its scale. How many football stadiums would that fill? What percentage of the population was it? We can… Continue Reading 1 in 6,000,000

An Heirloom Of Remembrance

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

By: Isaac Vineburg, Digital Media Associate – In the summer of 2020, in the thrall of a pandemic, I got married in a small, socially-distant ceremony held in the front yard of my parents’ home. It was not the wedding my fiancée, Lexie, and I had in mind when we were first engaged, but was… Continue Reading An Heirloom Of Remembrance

The Anne Frank Tree – Our Living Artifact

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

By: Anne Donato, Ph.D., Education Specialist –  The Holocaust Memorial Center has thousands of beautiful artifacts to share with every visitor, from original letters written to family during the time of the Holocaust to intriguing photographs and personal objects of exceptional significance and affect. The stories they tell make the narrative of the Holocaust come… Continue Reading The Anne Frank Tree – Our Living Artifact

Religious Diversity Journeys Lead to the Holocaust Memorial Center

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

By: InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit –  Aleena Malik, 15, is a rising sophomore at Troy High School. In the seventh grade, she participated as a Religious Diversity Journeys (RDJ) Ambassador, a program of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. Malik said RDJ opened her eyes and mind about different religions and hopes… Continue Reading Religious Diversity Journeys Lead to the Holocaust Memorial Center

Holocaust, Pandemia, and the Struggle for Optimism: Finding “Normal” After a Global Disruption like Coronavirus

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

By: Dr. Guy Stern – “If any class or race can be permanently set apart or pushed down below the rest in political and civil rights, so may any other class or race when it shall incur the displeasure of its more powerful associates, and we may say farewell to the principles on which we… Continue Reading Holocaust, Pandemia, and the Struggle for Optimism: Finding “Normal” After a Global Disruption like Coronavirus