The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus (HMC) is a 55,000 square foot museum and library archive in Farmington Hills. We teach 65,000 people each year about the senseless murder of millions, and why each of us must respect and stand up for the rights of others if we are to prevent future discrimination, hate crimes and genocide. Our exhibits feature artifacts, text panels, photos, video testimonies and many artworks ranging from the representative to the abstract. Art is an essential medium we use to convey challenging subject matter such as the magnitude of the tragedy, man’s inhumanity to man and the banality of evil. Paintings, sculptures, photography and films are on display in both our permanent and temporary exhibit galleries.
At the entrance to the museum, an authentic WW II-era boxcar provides our visitors with a dramatic and profound introduction to the Holocaust, recalling how innocent people were crammed into them for days without food or sanitation on their way to death camps. Our Anne Frank Tree Exhibit & Garden features a sapling from the tree located outside Anne Frank’s hiding place window that is described in her diary. Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most powerful memoirs of the Holocaust, so her story and spirit are unique tools to educate students. Our Genocide Exhibit helps visitors understand that genocide continues today, so action is still needed. Additional exhibits about the righteous individuals who resisted the Nazis or saved lives encourage visitors to become forces for positive change in their own lives.