Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Ross Estate Donates $17 Million to Holocaust Museum

In the largest single gift ever to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the estate of Eric F. Ross donated $17.2 million.

The money given Monday will be used to support the Washington museum’s endowment fund.

With this week’s gift, Ross and his late wife, Lore, have now donated more than $30 million to the museum. While they were alive the Rosses – both refugees of Nazi Germany – had donated more than $12 million to the institution.

“Having experienced firsthand Nazi anti-Semitism and hatred, Eric and Lore Ross became determined and generous investors in Holocaust educations,” said museum director Sara Bloomfield. “Their loss and suffering inspired remarkable generosity.”

The Rosses were the inaugural members of the museum’s Chairman’s Circle, which is made up of individuals and organizations who have donated at least $10 million. They also have sponsored four challenge grants that helped raise more than $4 million and brought in 1,500 new donors to the museum.

Ross died in September 2010 at 91.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.