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Florida Atlantic gets record $20 million donation to study Holocaust

The donation comes from entrepreneur Kurt Wallach, who fled Nazi Germany for Holland with his family in 1933.

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic University has received a $20 million gift to create an institute for Holocaust and Jewish studies.

Entrepreneur Kurt Wallach and his wife Marilyn made the donation, the largest in the university’s history, the school announced Tuesday. The institute will be named after them.

Wallach, 94, fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1933, his father taking them to Holland. From there, they moved to New York in 1936.

After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Wallach started several businesses, including Kurtell Growth Industries, a real estate investment firm.

“We speak for those who cannot speak. We remember all the victims including our family members who perished needlessly,” Wallach said in a statement. “No one should ever be subjected to such horror. We hope that through the education we can provide that lives will be saved and history will not be repeated.”

Wallach has authored several books, including three textbooks on the atrocities of the Holocaust: The Killing of the Jews, Murder Beyond Madness and Man’s Inhumanity to Man.

“We are honored and grateful for Kurt and Marilyn Wallach’s enormous generosity,” said FAU President John Kelly. “This historic gift will ensure that Holocaust, Jewish studies and human rights education will continue to build bridges of understanding and empathy for generations to come.”