Donors help make OUWB study trip to Auschwitz a reality

OUWB student Andrew Eibling talks with Michael and Sandy Hermanoff during the May 18 send-off dinner. The Hermanoffs are among the donors who have made possible OUWB's study trip to Auschwitz.
OUWB student Andrew Eibling talks with Michael and Sandy Hermanoff during the May 18 send-off dinner. The Hermanoffs are among the donors who have made possible OUWB’s study trip to Auschwitz.

When Vern Pixley talks about “the most impactful” occurrences in his life, he points to two events: the birth of his children and visiting a concentration camp in Germany.

Pixley, president of Rochester-based Pixley Funeral Home, is among those making it possible for a group of students from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine to now have a learning experience similar to his in Europe.

That’s because Pixley is one of more than a dozen other individuals, couples, and endowment funds — including the Bella Rozencweig Hirsch Endowment for Biomedical Ethics — to support OUWB’s Holocaust and Medicine program.

The program includes a study trip to Auschwitz, a first-of-its-kind experience for a U.S.-based medical school. A group of 20 OUWB students leaves June 13 for Poland.

Claus Weimann, director, Philanthropy at OUWB, said “it’s fair to say that the students would not be able to go on this trip if it weren’t for the donor-funded scholarships.”

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB InMedicine site here.)

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