- Sarah Peters Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The bone-chilling blueprints for the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp are part of a traveling exhibit that’s at the Mandel JCC through today.
The collection includes 29 documents, including details for expanding the Nazi camp in Poland with a crematorium and gas chamber. The Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust brought the “Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints,” to Palm Beach Gardens.
Synagogues, schools and community groups toured the exhibit. Marlene Yahalom, the director of education for the American Society for Yad Vashem which curates the exhibit, conducted a guided tour for students from the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy. The Meyer Academy sutdents also participated in a professional development workshop.
The exhibit concludes with Michael Bornstein and daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat leading a talk, showing photos and sharing memories from his book “Survivors Club” about his experiences as a prisoner of Auschwitz.
Those who view the exhibit have the option to donate to a fund that exists solely for meeting the needs of Holocaust survivors in Palm Beach County. The money will be matched by philanthropists under the auspices of Jewish Federations of North America. It’s estimated that there are 18,000 to 20,000 Holocaust survivors in the greater Palm Beaches.