We have created a memorial and much more, an institution which will thrive as an education center devoted to teaching the message of the history and much more. We hope and pray that future generations will understand the significance of this event and learn that such behavior can never be allowed to happen again.
Ralph Rehbock was born in Gotha, Germany. In December 1938, after synagogues were burned and Jewish businesses destroyed during “Kristallnacht,” Ralph and his family fled to America, in part due to a daring, last-minute decision by his mother. With a great story of luck and chance, this decision allowed the family to escape death in Germany.
Ralph is an active member of the community, serving as Vice President and officer of the Executive Board at Illinois Holocaust Museum. Ralph continues to speak extensively on the local and state level about his experiences and lessons of the Holocaust.