On December 9 researchers from WAY Michigan attended a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. Researchers were given a tour of the museum showing the plight of the Jewish people before, during, and after the Holocaust (Shoah). Many artifacts on display in the museum were donated by survivors, including prisoner uniforms, diaries, and pictures. A portion of the museum is also devoted to modern day slavery around the world. The architecture of the building outside and in displays symbols of those persecuted by the regime of Adolf Hitler.
Our group then listened to the incredible story by speaker and Holocaust survivor, Irene Miller. As her hometown of Warsaw, Poland was overrun and bombed, her family paid to be smuggled out of Poland during the night to avoid being rounded up by the Nazis. It was in the early morning her parents, sister and her realized they have been dumped in a 'no man's land' between Poland and the Soviet Union. They were interned in a labor camp in Siberia for more than 2 years with temperature often 30-50 degrees below zero. More than 100 members of her immediate family perished, but she, her mother, and her sister were able to make a home in Israel and then the United States.
WAY Michigan's next field trip will be to the Charles H. Wright African American history museum on February 20, 2020.