by Mark Schnyder

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) Michael Jacobs, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and the driving force behind the founding of the Dallas Holocaust Museum died early Monday morning, according to Museum President Mary Pat Higgins.

“He was a wonderful man who has left an important legacy to the community,” Higgins told

Jacobs was the only member of his immediate family to survive the Holocaust, according to a letter Higgins wrote the museum board of directors.

Jacobs was among 125 Holocaust survivors living in Dallas/Fort Worth, who back in 1977 met to discuss ways to preserve the memories of their loved ones who died in the Holocaust.  Their hope was to educate the DFW community, especially children about the horrors during World War II so nothing like this would happen again.

During the past 30 years, Jacobs shared his stories with tens of thousands of students and visitors to the Dallas Holocaust Museum and “was literally the face of the museum,” said Higgins.

Jacobs’ funeral will be Wednesday, July 30th at 10am in the Aaron Family Main Sanctuary of Shearith Israel.  Interment will follow at Shearith Israel Cemetery on Dolphin Road.

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