Holocaust Survivor Sigmund Rolat is using his funds to create a Jewish legacy. He took his children to see the death camps in Poland but emphasized to Forbes, “I did not want them to associate Poland, which I remember from my childhood, as nothing but a cemetery.” This inspired him to create a Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The president of the museum, Lech Kaczynski said, “There is no history of Poland without the history of the Jews.”
While he consulted with the founders of the Holocaust Memorial in Washington DC and Yad Vashem, Rolat was committed to creating a museum of the living. He raised funds in America and abroad for the effort. Rolat suffered as a slave laborer under the Nazis until he was liberated by the Red Army, went to school in Germany after the war, and then left for America.
His vision for the museum should be, “first to learn of our shared history. And then of course to see Auschwitz, to have a better understanding of what happened there.” One of his many goals for the foundation is to commemorate those who rescued Jews.