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10/23/2023

Pete Metzelaar is a Holocaust survivor and longtime member of our Speakers Bureau. Learn why he has made it his mission to share the truth and inspire change.

This video was shown at our Voices for Humanity luncheon on Monday, 10/16.

Join us in the museum on Sunday for the first event in our new speaker series, Inheritors of Memory: Sharing Holocaust F...
10/20/2023

Join us in the museum on Sunday for the first event in our new speaker series, Inheritors of Memory: Sharing Holocaust Family Histories. Arik Cohen will be sharing the stories of his four grandparents who all survived the Holocaust.

One Sunday each month we will feature a story of survival from a member of our Speakers Bureau. Reserved museum tickets are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome.

Reserve your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holocaust-center-for-humanity-exhibit-finding-light-in-the-darkness-tickets-288856416317?aff=oddtdtcreator

10/18/2023

Meet Jessica Fenton, a Legacy Speaker at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Jessica shares her grandparents' Holocaust stories with the hopes of inspiring a new generation to stand up against hate.

This video was shown at our Voices for Humanity luncheon on Monday, 10/16.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude from the inspiring afternoon we spent with you at Voices for Humanity yesterday. In th...
10/17/2023

We are overwhelmed with gratitude from the inspiring afternoon we spent with you at Voices for Humanity yesterday. In the midst of heartbreak and tragedy, being with our community felt more important than ever.

With your help, we surpassed our fundraising goal and raised an incredible $1,212,731. Thank you for joining us as we stand against hate through the power of education.

Photo descriptions: Chairs Jessica and Garrett Fenton greet the room; Holocaust survivor Pete Metzelaar with Rebecca Hoffmeister; and honorees Eric and Suzi LeVine

Thank you to the  Foundation for supporting our Voices for Humanity campaign. As Investor Sponsors, the Bill and Melinda...
10/13/2023

Thank you to the Foundation for supporting our Voices for Humanity campaign. As Investor Sponsors, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping to ensure students around the Pacific Northwest receive quality Holocaust education.

We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon on Monday!

We are grateful to Goldman Sachs for their commitment to Holocaust education. As Patron Sponsors, Goldman Sachs is helpi...
10/11/2023

We are grateful to Goldman Sachs for their commitment to Holocaust education. As Patron Sponsors, Goldman Sachs is helping to ensure that lessons from the past help to build courageous communities today.

We hope to see you at Voices for Humanity on Monday, 10/16! holocaustcenterseattle.org/vfh

10/10/2023

June 1942 - Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an unusual plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. The resulting volunteers are a motley group of intellectuals, artists, and athletes, most from Germany and Austria. Many have been interned as enemy aliens, and have lost their families, their homes—their whole worlds. They will stop at nothing to defeat the N***s. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Some simply call them a su***de squad.

Drawing on extensive original research, including interviews with the last surviving members, Leah Garrett follows this unique band of brothers from Germany to England and back again, with stops at British internment camps, the beaches of Normandy, the battlefields of Italy and Holland, and the hellscape of Terezin concentration camp—the scene of one of the most dramatic, untold rescues of the war. For the first time, X Troop tells the astonishing story of these secret shock troops and their devastating blows against the N***s. Her talk will also describe the X Troopers who emigrated to the United States and will discuss how their postwar lives in America were very different from those who remained in the UK.

Leah Garrett is the Larry A and Klara Silverstein Chair of Jewish Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. She has published five books in Jewish studies and won and was shortlisted for numerous literary prizes. Her new book, X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War Two, was featured on CNN, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the Guardian, CSPAN and a range of other venues.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity condemns the attack on Israel this morning and supports Israel's right to self-defense...
10/07/2023

The Holocaust Center for Humanity condemns the attack on Israel this morning and supports Israel's right to self-defense. Fifty years after the Yom Kippur War, Hamas, the Iranian backed terror group, has launched a vicious surprise attack on Israel and its civilian population.

As a museum and education center founded by Holocaust survivors, we have learned that individuals and countries must speak out and condemn violence and aggression. We have learned that it’s critical that the Jewish people has a nation state to which they can freely immigrate when they face oppression and persecution.

We cannot be indifferent to the suffering of the people in Israel. This is a call to the United States and other countries to work to restore calm and ensure security in the region.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are excited to highlight our new Spanish-language educational materials that wil...
10/06/2023

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are excited to highlight our new Spanish-language educational materials that will help us better serve our community.
✍️ Full Spanish translation of our museum exhibit
✍️ All teaching trunks now include a set of Spanish books

82 years ago today: Babi YarBefore the German invasion of the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, 160,000 Jews lived in ...
09/29/2023

82 years ago today: Babi Yar

Before the German invasion of the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, 160,000 Jews lived in the capital city of Kyiv, making up the largest Jewish community in Ukraine. By the time the German military reached the city, 100,000 had fled.

On the 29th and 30th of September in 1941, under Einsatgruppen C, German police units and their auxiliaries perpetrated one of the largest mass shootings during the Holocaust. 33,771 Jewish men, women, and children were murdered at gunpoint at a ravine called Babi Yar on the outskirts of Kyiv.

After the Cold War, a Menorah-shaped monument was erected on site to honor the Jewish victims.

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Image credits: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park; Getty Images

Join the Holocaust Center for Humanity for the 19th annual Voices for Humanity Campaign, culminating in an in-person eve...
09/26/2023

Join the Holocaust Center for Humanity for the 19th annual Voices for Humanity Campaign, culminating in an in-person event on Monday, October 16.

Our work is possible thanks to our generous community who believes in the power of education. We invite you to join us.

Register by October 2nd: holocaustcenterseattle.org/vfh

At the Holocaust Center, we work towards a world free from targeted hate and violence. We are proud to stand in solidari...
09/22/2023

At the Holocaust Center, we work towards a world free from targeted hate and violence. We are proud to stand in solidarity with the Wing Luke Museum and our local AAPI community.

Thank you to the 39 organizations, 7 elected officials, and 388 individual leaders who joined us in expressing support for and solidarity with the Wing Luke Museum, their staff, and the AAPI community in the Historic Chinatown International District.

This afternoon, Rivy Kletenik, Chair of the JCRC's Intergroup Relations Committee, and Miri Cypers, Regional Director of ADL Pacific Northwest, hand-delivered the letter along with some goodies to the staff at the Wing Luke Museum. The team at Wing Luke was incredibly appreciative of our efforts.

At our Voices for Humanity event, we have the unique privilege of paying special tribute to Holocaust survivor, Pete Met...
09/20/2023

At our Voices for Humanity event, we have the unique privilege of paying special tribute to Holocaust survivor, Pete Metzelaar. A longtime member of our Speakers Bureau, Pete has made it his personal mission to tell his story to young people with the hope that the truth of his experience will inspire change.

Help us honor Pete during our Voices for Humanity Luncheon on October 16. More info here: holocaustcenterseattle.org/vfh

Tomorrow evening marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. We would like to wish you and your family a Shan...
09/14/2023

Tomorrow evening marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. We would like to wish you and your family a Shana Tova, a Happy New Year. May your year be filled with sweetness and light.

At the Holocaust Center for Humanity, we teach and honor the history, stories, and lessons of the Holocaust, reminding us that we each play a role in fighting hate and building courageous communities. Please join us in the new year by visiting the museum, attending a program, or learning the stories of our local survivors.

The Hebrew writing on this image was written by Holocaust survivor Heinz Schwarz at age 11. It reads "L'shanah tova tikatevu" (Happy New Year). You can read about Heinz's story of survival here: https://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/heinz-schwarz

Your early gift to our Voices for Humanity Campaign could be matched—doubling your impact! Your commitment must be recei...
09/13/2023

Your early gift to our Voices for Humanity Campaign could be matched—doubling your impact! Your commitment must be received by this Friday to qualify for this limited-time match.

Lessons from the Holocaust provide both historical context and a lens to view the injustices people face today, empowering students of all ages to make a positive change. That change begins not only with education—it begins with YOU!

Make a donation below.

09/12/2023

Russell Shorto has called Amsterdam “the world’s most liberal city,” and indeed, the Netherlands is well known for its tolerant approaches to drug enforcement, legalized s*x work, and gay rights. However, recent events have brought this self-congratulatory attitude into question, especially in debates over immigration and multiculturalism.

Is tolerance as positive of an ideal as it seems on the surface? Or might a focus on tolerance reinforce the very conflicts it is intended to manage? This conversation will explore the legacies of the Holocaust for how antisemitism is approached in the Netherlands today and its complex relation to anti-Muslim racism.

Nicolaas P. Barr, PhD, teaches in Comparative History of Ideas and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He leads a UW study abroad program to Amsterdam and is the Dutch-to-English translator of Tofik Dibi’s coming-out memoir Djinn. Nicolaas has appeared on The Stranger's podcast "Blabbermouth" to discuss such terms as anarchy, progressive, and neoliberal, and written on Dutch racism in The Nation and Jewish Currents. He's an editor for H-Low Countries and a trombonist in the Mexican band Banda Vagos.

Peperzak Middle School, the newest middle school in Spokane is named in honor of Holocaust survivor and freedom fighter,...
09/06/2023

Peperzak Middle School, the newest middle school in Spokane is named in honor of Holocaust survivor and freedom fighter, Carla Peperzak. Go Pumas!

08/31/2023

Please join the Asian Jewish Initiative of Seattle in the Sukkah for “Stories in the Sukkah” on Thursday, October 5 from 1:00-3:00PM PT at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Capitol Hill! Open to members of the Asian and Jewish communities of Seattle, this program will include background on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a harvest holiday focused on agriculture and welcoming guests, followed by group conversations around themes of storytelling, food, and culture. Vegetarian food and drinks will be served and spots are limited. Please register here by September 28! https://tinyurl.com/4nndhdzx

The Asian Jewish Initiative of Seattle is an effort started in 2022 with the goals of fostering community, advancing civil rights, and fighting discrimination. Member organizations include ADL Pacific Northwest, CISC, American Jewish Committee - AJC Seattle, Holocaust Center for Humanity, International Community Health Services (ICHS), Khalsa Gurmat Center, JFS Seattle, the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA), Seattle JACL, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Seattle - JCRC, OCA Greater Seattle - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Temple Beth Am, the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, and Wing Luke Museum

Last week, we introduced you to Mathilde. Read what she had to say about her experience as an intern at the Center. "The...
08/29/2023

Last week, we introduced you to Mathilde. Read what she had to say about her experience as an intern at the Center.

"The most impactful lesson I took away from my time at the Holocaust Center was how small acts of kindness are able to change perspectives."

Prior to being accepted to TIPS, I thought deliberately about how to fill in a single question on my application, the question had to do with what I hope to learn or gain from a TIPS internship. I wrote that I wanted to gain communication skills in a professional setting, work experience, and that I...

Meet our new Museum Coordinator, Michael Langberg! After working in our archives as an intern, Michael officially joined...
08/23/2023

Meet our new Museum Coordinator, Michael Langberg! After working in our archives as an intern, Michael officially joined our museum staff where he will coordinate our temporary exhibits, manage archival preservation, and work to strengthen our community partnerships.

He is a recent graduate of the University of Washington Museology Master of Arts program with a deep love for history and culture. For his masters thesis, he designed and implemented Q***r Capitol Hill: a Historic Walking Tour, a program exploring the hidden histories all around us. He has worked as a tour guide for more than five years and more recently gained experience in collections management through the UW program.

Michael is dedicated to providing an engaging and informative experience for all guests. In his free time, Michael enjoys cycling, hiking with his dog Roger, and exploring Seattle’s many hidden gems.

"I was born Jirko Harry Beykovský on August 22, 1931, to a Jewish family in Sabatka Puszta, Rimavska Sobota located in C...
08/23/2023

"I was born Jirko Harry Beykovský on August 22, 1931, to a Jewish family in Sabatka Puszta, Rimavska Sobota located in Czechoslovakia near the Hungarian border. I am now called George." ~George Beykovsky

“I recognize that we who survived the Holocaust have a responsibility to tell our stories to give hope to the slogan ‘Ne...
08/20/2023

“I recognize that we who survived the Holocaust have a responsibility to tell our stories to give hope to the slogan ‘Never Again.’” ~George Elbaum

A huge thank you to Mathilde for being an outstanding intern this summer! Mathilde came to us as part of the Teens In Pu...
08/17/2023

A huge thank you to Mathilde for being an outstanding intern this summer! Mathilde came to us as part of the Teens In Public Service program and has been an invaluable part of our team. We are so grateful to Mathilde for her willingness to support all aspects of the HCH mission and contributing to the success of our Powell Advanced Summer Seminar. We are all sad to see her go, but have no doubt that she will have a successful senior year at Roosevelt High School. Please join us in thanking Mathilde!

* Pictured: Mathilde helping to reorganize our library, Mathilde enjoying the Taylor Swift concert.

This year for our annual Voices for Humanity Campaign, we are delighted to honor Eric and Suzi LeVine, and their daughte...
08/15/2023

This year for our annual Voices for Humanity Campaign, we are delighted to honor Eric and Suzi LeVine, and their daughter Talia. As a family, they are passionate activists, volunteers, and philanthropists. They also share our belief in the power of education in the fight against hate.

Learn more and help us celebrate Eric, Suzi and Talia during our Voices for Humanity Luncheon on October 16. www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/VFH

Please join us in wishing Henry Butler a HAPPY 102ND BIRTHDAY! Henry Butler was born Hans Buxbaum in August 1921. The Bu...
08/10/2023

Please join us in wishing Henry Butler a HAPPY 102ND BIRTHDAY!

Henry Butler was born Hans Buxbaum in August 1921. The Buxbaums, a tight-knit German-Jewish family, fled the N**i regime in the 1930s. Later, Henry immigrated to New York, where he was drafted into the US Army in December 1942. As a native German speaker, Henry was selected to train at the secret Fort Ritchie Military Intelligence Training Center in Maryland. He and thousands of others returned to their homeland to help defeat the murderous regime they had fled. Called “Ritchie Boys,” they used their German skills to interrogate prisoners on the front lines with the 3rd Army.

Henry was discharged from the Army in October 1945. He moved to California, where his parents had settled. He met his wife and they relocated to Seattle, where they had a family and built full lives.

Drop a birthday wish to Henry below or make a donation in his honor.

Last week, was another outstanding Powell Advanced Summer Institute. More than 20 Powell Fellows joined us to explore in...
08/07/2023

Last week, was another outstanding Powell Advanced Summer Institute. More than 20 Powell Fellows joined us to explore in-depth topics of the Holocaust, resistance, and memory, investigate the role social and cultural factors play in shaping identity, gain practical tools to bring these lessons to their students - and so much more. It was a joy to learn and engage with this group of educators.

Thank you to the Powell Family Foundation for making this program possible.

We are happy to announce that Jessica and Garrett Fenton will serve as our 2023 Voices for Humanity Chairs! "We believe ...
08/01/2023

We are happy to announce that Jessica and Garrett Fenton will serve as our 2023 Voices for Humanity Chairs!

"We believe that Holocaust education is critical in demonstrating what happens when humanity is lost and what atrocities can be committed if we stand idly by. The Holocaust Center for Humanity does an incredible job of ensuring that teachers and educators are well-equipped to teach their students about this difficult part of our human history. We have had the privilege of witnessing the impact of this work firsthand, and it is inspiring to see the students become upstanders and empathetic, compassionate members of society. In memory of Jessica’s grandparents, the Fenton Family will always support Holocaust education to create a better future for our children and future generations."

Join Jessica and Garrett at Voices for Humanity on Monday, October 16 at the Sheraton. Register today at www.HolocaustCenterSeattle.org/VFH

Meet Holly, one of our dedicated volunteers. In addition to her work as a docent, Holly recently volunteered as judge in...
07/07/2023

Meet Holly, one of our dedicated volunteers. In addition to her work as a docent, Holly recently volunteered as judge in our Writing, Arts & Film Contest and said that it "... reinforced my belief that as educators, we are really reaching these kids, touching their hearts, and encouraging them to be compassionate and inclusive.”

Read more about Holly in our monthly e-newsletter - and be sure to subscribe! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/See-What-s-Happening-at-the-Holocaust-Center.html?soid=1102130777370&aid=kJn7Ghlghnc

Yesterday our Lunch & Learn program featured Loung Ung, who spoke to us about her experience during the Cambodian Genoci...
06/28/2023

Yesterday our Lunch & Learn program featured Loung Ung, who spoke to us about her experience during the Cambodian Genocide. Luong spoke passionately, and often poetically, about her story of survival.

If you missed it -- or any of our other Lunch & Learn programs -- we encourage you to watch. https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/past-lunch-and-learn-program

Tell us what you thought of this program!

06/27/2023

Due to technical difficulties, today's Lunch & Learn will not be streamed on Facebook. Please join us on Zoom or watch the recording, which will be available tomorrow. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Each year we evaluate our programs' impact on the community. As the school year wraps up, here's what our teachers are s...
06/23/2023

Each year we evaluate our programs' impact on the community. As the school year wraps up, here's what our teachers are saying about bringing a Holocaust survivor or their descendent to speak to their students. Thanks to everyone who welcomed a speaker as part of their Holocaust curriculum this year.

Calling all teachers (and community members who want to dig deeper on the topic of genocide): Our annual Day of Learning...
06/21/2023

Calling all teachers (and community members who want to dig deeper on the topic of genocide): Our annual Day of Learning is coming up on June 27! This is your opportunity to explore topics about genocide - with a particular focus on those in Rwanda and Cambodia. Attendees will gain in-depth and practical ideas and activities that can be easily implemented in the classroom.

For more information and to register: https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/day-of-learning

Today we're featuring digital art by 8th grade student Katrina Becker. Katrina states: My artwork represents Peter Damm,...
06/20/2023

Today we're featuring digital art by 8th grade student Katrina Becker. Katrina states: My artwork represents Peter Damm, who watched synagogues burn at only seven and a half, before fleeing to Shanghai, which had rough conditions. I incorporated the Shanghai train station looming behind him as a sign of his fear for the future and present. He resisted by simply surviving to tell the tale. Peter states, “...I noticed the reflection (of) fires burning Jewish buildings and synagogues in the clouds above. That was the end of my childhood.” Despite the tragedy, it’s inspiring to see someone speaking their truth about (what occurred during the Holocaust), and it might help others speak up, too.

Today we are featuring art by Shelly Netz. In her artist statement, she says: The concentration camps weren't just desig...
06/16/2023

Today we are featuring art by Shelly Netz. In her artist statement, she says: The concentration camps weren't just designed to desecrate culture and livelihoods but to annihilate hope. Maria Frank Abrams resisted this not with fists, but with scrap pencils, drawing in secret to survive. On the right, we see her draw the train station at Auschwitz-Birkenau in graphite. Scarlet fever rashes, which had nearly killed her, spread toward her hand as if engulfing her act of resistance. On the left, a replica of a drawing Abrams created when she was six sits under a graphite timeworn hand, drawn in the same medium Abrams used in Auschwitz-Birkenau, symbolizing how she drew her future.

06/14/2023

Over the next few days, we will showcase some of the winners from this years Writing, Art and Film Contest. Please take a moment to watch this beautiful animated film by Ananya Unnikrishnan from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond.

This week members of our team were in Dallas for the Annual Association of Holocaust Organizations Conference. The AHO b...
06/14/2023

This week members of our team were in Dallas for the Annual Association of Holocaust Organizations Conference. The AHO brings together Centers from around the world to share successes, make connections, and learn together. Thank you to the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for hosting!

Yesterday we celebrated the winners of our Writing, Arts and Film Contest. Proud parents and teachers joined us as we re...
06/12/2023

Yesterday we celebrated the winners of our Writing, Arts and Film Contest. Proud parents and teachers joined us as we recognized talented artists, writers, and filmmakers who explored history and stories from the Holocaust. Please join us in congratulating these incredible students! 👏

📸: Student winners with Holocaust survivors Peter Metzelaar and Henry Friedman

On Sunday, we had a wonderful year-end celebration for our Student Leadership Board and Educators for Change. These two ...
06/08/2023

On Sunday, we had a wonderful year-end celebration for our Student Leadership Board and Educators for Change. These two groups of people really inspire us and remind us of the impact of our work. Students also had the opportunity to showcase their outstanding projects.

👩‍🎓The first photo is of our amazing seniors! We can't wait to see what's in store for them - and know their futures are bright!🧑‍🎓

06/06/2023

Our Lunch & Learn program will feature Peter Hayes, PhD, who will share an analysis of why and how Germany’s largest corporations became deeply enmeshed in N**i crimes. From a legal perspective, Dr. Hayes will specifically highlight the issue of justice and punishment, as only a handful of the industrialists involved in N**i crimes ever suffered any penalty.

For legal professionals, this program will fill 1.25 Continuing Legal Education Ethics credits. To receive CLE credit through the Washington Bar Association, lawyers will need to:

register for the program
read the required materials (linked below)
watch the program and
complete a short evaluation at the end of the program.
The general public is welcome to attend this event.

Peter Hayes (Ph.D., Yale, 1982) specializes in the histories of N**i Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich. He taught at Northwestern for thirty-six years from 1980 to 2016, served on the academic boards of multiple professional societies and Holocaust memorial sites, featured in many documentary films, and published and edited thirteen books and more than ninety articles on the Holocaust.

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