St. Petersburg, Florida [August 17, 2014] Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of the Florida Holocaust Museum issued the following statement today in reaction to the death of Harvey Hertz:
Today we mourn the passing of Harvey Hertz, a dedicated supporter of the Florida Holocaust Museum and its mission. In honor and recognition of his generosity, the Museum created the Harvey Hertz Prayer and Meditation Room, which opened to the public in August 2011.
The Museum was very fortunate to have Harvey as part of our community. He was an active member, attending programs and bringing friends in to tour the exhibitions. We have lost more than a supporter, we have lost a friend. His legacy will live on through the Museum and the many other organizations and people throughout Tampa Bay that his life touched. Our condolences go out to his family and his many, many friends.
The mission of the Florida Holocaust Museum is to honor the memory of millions of innocent men, women, and children or suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultured the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.