“The memorial has important significance to my family because our father was a survivor. The numbers 73847 are numbers that we will never forget. They were tattooed to my father’s forearm, as though he were an animal, as identification for his potential death. It is our duty to educate, respect and honor the victims and their families of the unthinkable acts against life and morality. The Holocaust did happen. Holocaust deniers are reporting false and harmful information. Anti-semitism and other hate crimes are on the rise. The Meijer Garden Memorial will allow hundreds of thousands of people to become educated and aware of the atrocities against humanity. May we never forget.”

–  Linda Pestka, daughter of Henry Pestka, survivor of the Holocaust