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Elly Kleinman entrusted with donated documents for the new Holocaust museum
A new Holocaust museum is set to open soon in New York City.

The Holocaust remains as one of the most important parts of Jewish history, even 70 years after its end. During this dark period for mankind, many things were taken away from the Jewish people. However, the one thing that stayed with them, even when all seemed lost was their faith.

New York City businessman Elly Kleinman belongs to the so-called second generation, as both of his parents were Holocaust survivors. Living in Boro Park, Brooklyn, the area with the largest concentration of Holocaust survivors and descendants outside of Israel, made him understand the Holocaust from a different perspective.

In 2008, Elly Kleinman decided to do something that will tell the story from an orthodox Jewish perspective. Although they accounted for 50 to 70 per cent of Holocaust victims, still their story has always been left behind and not included. The way the religious community experienced the Holocaust is different from the way non-religious experienced it, and yet there isn't a single museum in the world that focuses on their experiences.

The Amud Aish Memorial Museum which is scheduled to open between late 2016 and early 2017 will include a gallery to display documents and artifacts, a research library, and even an interview room where survivors can record their histories.

Until now, most orthodox families stored documents in their basements, since they didn't want to donate them to traditional Holocaust museums. Some didn't feel comfortable, others believed that those institutions didn't understood the significance of those papers, which is why most documents and artifacts have spent decades kept in people's attics or basements. Some of the collections even have water damage.

Now that they are in the hands of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum, Elly Kleinman is finally able to shed light on the Holocaust from the perspective of religious Jews.

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