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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL: Des Moines Site Planned

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The state capitol grounds will soon share Iowan's connections to six million Jews who died during Adoph Hitler's murderous regime.

All around the state capitol grounds stand reminders. They symbolize some of the most troubling times in our country's history, soon to join them, a tribute to one of the darkest days in the world's history.

Tuesday, the plans were unveiled for a new Holocaust Memorial.

It's a personal cause for many Iowans, but especially for one retired Des Moines businessman.

As a boy in Vienna, Austria, Fred Lorber watched Hitler's agents force his father into a concentration camp and take away his family home.

His mother physically stopped soldiers from taking him, to join other Jewish children in captivity. He saw unimaginable suffering before his family eventually escaped to the United States.

“It was an obviously unbelievable world that I lived in,” Lorber says.

The new Des Moines Holocaust Museum brings hope...its walls will tell stories of survival like his and share the efforts of Iowans whose families helped liberate Jewish families like his.

“I think it will be one of the great attractions for people to come to Des Moines to visit,” Lorber says.

The Blank Foundation will cover the expected $300,000 cost of the project, which should be completed this fall.

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