As a fighter pilot whose unit teamed up with the U.S. Third Army to liberate 21,000 prisoners from the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945, Eugene Grant had the chance to be part of a historic event. But he didnít take it.
The 94-year-old real-estate heavyweight (he sold his majority stake in the St. Johnís Terminal Building in New York City earlier this year for about $250 million) has seized on many opportunities. But flying out to Weimar, near Buchenwald, wasnít one of them. ďMy fellow officers went, but I couldnít. I donít know why,Ē said the chairman emeritus of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center in White Plains who donated $250,000 to the nonprofit last month.