Holocaust Memorial Center to Host Ceremony Awarding Dr. Maria Holecek with Title of “Righteous Among the Nations”
Farmington Hills, MI, May 16, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus (www.holocaustcenter.org) will host a ceremony to present the award and title of “Righteous Among the Nations” to the late Dr. Maria Holecek, Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.
“Righteous Among the Nations” is presented by the State of Israel to honor non-Jews who risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. The designation is granted after meticulous research. It is considered the highest award honoring rescuers during the Holocaust.
Dr. Holecek, a Lithuanian dentist, is being recognized the efforts to rescued Jews during WWII by hiding them and arranging shelter and illegal transfers.
Dr. Holecek’s son, Dr. Frank Holecek of Novi, will be accepting the award and honor. The Honorable Roey Gilad of the Counsel General of Israel to the Midwest and American Society for Yad Vashem Director of Development Z. Isaac Mekel will be in attendance and provide presentations.
The ceremony is open to the public free of charge and includes a kosher reception.
About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.