Adam Milstein is a native of Israel. After graduating from high school he served in the Israeli military and then became a student at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1978 with a degree in industrial and business management. A few years later he and his family emigrated to America and he became a student at the University of Southern California, earning his MBA in entrepreneurship. Since that time he has worked at his own real estate investment company, Hager Pacific Properties, as its managing partner.
Along with 100 philanthropists and scholars from the United States, Adam Milstein recently visited Europe. They traveled through six nations which were Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Poland, and Lithuania. Their goal was to gain a greater understanding of the genocide that had been carried out by Nazi Germany and the people that collaborated with them across Europe.
He says that they visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. Adam Milstein says that the only reason this facility existed was to kill Jewish and Gypsy people. They also visited mass graves in a number of nation’s where hundreds of thousands of these people were murdered, often by firing squads. One of the worst is at Rumbula Forest Memorial. Around 2.4 million Jewish people were killed here, many of them shot by the people who just days before had been their neighbors but turned on them when the Nazi’s arrived.
Adam Milstein says that sites like these are viewed by too many people as just historical sites. He says that you can learn not just from the past from sites such as these but also about the future. He says that Anti-Semitism like it existed in Nazi Germany could happen once again. Adam Milstein says this is especially true in the United States.
The lessons he drew from this trip include that something like the Holocaust doesn’t just suddenly occur. The Holocaust evolved through systematic racism which led to intimidating and discriminating against Jewish and Gypsy people over a period of years. He says that these two groups of people began to be hated by generations growing up with these thoughts which led to the beginning of the largest genocide in recorded history.