Holocaust center receives $10 million gift

The Detroit News

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Holocaust Memorial Center has received a gift of $10 million from a Windsor family.

The donation was made by three sons of Harry and Wanda Zekelman of Windsor, Ontario, in their memory and in the memory of Harry’s parents and siblings, all of whom perished in the Holocaust.

In making the gift, the Zekelmans’ sons Alan, 44, of Bloomfield Hills, and Barry, 39, and Clayton, 38, both of Windsor, said they hoped their action would inspire others to make similar gifts early in their financial lives.

Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig, the center’s founder and CEO, said the center would use the gift to pay down most of the $13.5 million it still owes on the building. That debt was originally $19 million.

This extraordinary donation will virtually eliminate the debt remaining from the construction of the Memorial Center’s facility in Farmington Hills. Reducing the debt will free the community to focus on raising the funds necessary to establish a secure financial base for ongoing programs and further enhance the Center’s endowment.