A team led by a Grand Valley Holocaust scholar has created a website with a mission to educate the community by telling the comprehensive stories of West Michigan Holocaust survivors.
Rob Franciosi, professor of English, has been working with a team that includes GVSU students and a graduate. The group was charged with doing research and designing the website, the West Michigan Holocaust Memorial.
The website, part of the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, has been created as an educational tool to accompany the new Holocaust scuplture, "Ways to Say Goodbye," at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scupture Park.
The sculpture by artist Ariel Schlesinger is a gift from the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids. The gift was made possible by a donation from the Pestka family in memory of their father, Henry, who was a Holocaust survivor, and the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust, according to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The dedication of the sculpture was slated for June 30.