The Atlanta Hawks may be priming for the NBA Finals, but that doesn’t mean the team doesn’t have time for a history break.
Players from the Hawks visited the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Friday, accompanied by the Shoah survivor mother-in-law of the team’s owner, Bruce Levenson.
Irene Boyarksy, 85 and wheelchair-bound, toured the site with NBA stars like Elton Brand and DeMarre Carroll. Boyarsky shared some of her own experience as a prisoner at a Jewish ghetto and then concentration camp in Hungary.
“It was powerful,” Brand told reporters afterward. “What hit me the most was the atrocities were not too long ago. There are still survivors, and I met two of them. That’s surreal to me.”
The team also viewed a video testimonial previously recorded by Boyarsky at the museum, to help document her story.