International Exhibit, “Architecture of Murder” Makes Florida Debut

The blueprints that  laid the foundation for one of the greatest crimes against humanity will be on display for the first time in Florida beginning Sunday, February 21 – Friday March 2, 2018. The Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust announced the debut of the Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints Exhibit, a display of the architectural designs of one of the largest concentration camps in Poland will be on display at the Mandel JCC– Palm Beach Gardens.

 The Gross Family Center is bringing the exhibit to Palm Beach County in conjunction with its popular speaker series, a joint initiative with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. The exhibition, free and open to the public, is being presented in collaboration with The American Society for Yad Vashem. The collection consists of 29 documents and presents disturbing details for expanding the concentration camp, where approximately one million Jews perished during World War Two, including the addition of a crematorium and a gas chamber.

During the exhibition run, the community will have an opportunity to contribute to a fund designated solely to meet the needs of Holocaust survivors in Palm Beach County.  Funds raised will be matched by a consortium of philanthropists under the auspices of Jewish Federations of North America.

“It’s an honor to present this important exhibit to our community so we can remember the past and raise awareness and vital support for survivors who still need our help,” shared Lauren Gross, Director of the Gross Family Center Speaker Series.

The conclusion of the exhibit coincides with The Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Speaker Series discussion on March 1 and 2, 2018. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Bornstein will be joined by his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, where the pair will lead a talk, share photos, documents and memories from his book Survivors Club, a narrative about his experiences as a prisoner of Auschwitz. This free event will take place at the Mandel JCC – Palm Beach Gardens on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. and at the Mandel JCC – Boynton Beach campus on Friday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m.

To register, visit jewishpalmbeach.org/holocaustcenter.

It is estimated that there are 18,000 – 20,000 Holocaust survivors in the greater Palm Beaches.  Jewish Federation works with partner agencies, including the Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service to ensure vulnerable Holocaust survivors receive the care they need to age with dignity and independence. Services provided to the survivor community include assistance with personal care, grocery shopping, medical appointments, home cleaning and maintenance, as well as counseling and support for trauma related issues.

Synagogues, organizations and schools are invited to schedule docent led tours of the exhibit by contacting Lauren Gross at [email protected].

The Mandel JCC– Palm Beach Gardens is located at 5221 Hood Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Exhibit Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Fri: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit and Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, visit jewishpalmbeach.org.