Holocaust Remembrance Foundation plans fundraiser event for Murrieta Holocaust memorial

The proposed Holocaust memorial is planned to join the existing Murrieta Veterans Memorial in Murrieta's Town Square Park. Will Fritz photo

The backers of a planned Holocaust memorial in Murrieta’s Town Square Park to commemorate survivors will hold an event to raise funds for the project, Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Holocaust Remembrance Foundation of the Valley will host Thomas Biebers from 4-6 p.m. at the Bordeaux Room, 27535 Jefferson Ave., in Temecula, where he will share the story of this father, Casimir Bieberstein, a Polish survivor of the Holocaust and resistance fighter.

Biebers is the co-author of a book about his father’s life during the Holocaust entitled “Not Without a Fight: the Story of a Polish Jew’s Resistance.”

The fundraiser will also include hors d’oevres and wines to sample.

There is no charge for entry, but the foundation is requesting donations of any amount to go toward the Holocaust Educational Memorial in Murrieta, Jack Flournoy, president of the foundation, said.

About $410,000 needs to be raised for the memorial’s construction. The foundation has already collected and spent about $25,000 for the architectural and design costs, Flournoy said.

The Murrieta City Council approved a donation agreement with the foundation to build the memorial in December 2017.

The Holocaust memorial is planned to include vertical panels with educational information about the Holocaust and Israel.

“Now, we’ve started the second phase of our fundraising, which is to raise the money to do the actual fabrication and construction,” Flournoy said. “This is our first step in that direction.”

He said the foundation plans to hold three fundraisers.

The foundation also organizes an annual March of Remembrance, with its seventh one planned for April 2020.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.