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Dear Friends,

Today, a forty-year dream is realized.

In 1977, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors came together with an extraordinary vision to honor and remember the six million Jewish lives destroyed in the Holocaust. These founders went to local schools, educating students about the Holocaust to ensure that we would “never forget.” Many years later, their passion and dedication led to the formation of the Dallas Holocaust Education Center located within the Jewish Community Center. For twenty-one years, students learned about one of the most tragic events in history and honored the victims of the Holocaust.

Then, in 2005, a group of visionary leaders made the bold decision to move the Center to the Historic West End District of downtown Dallas. This move provided more space to create the critically acclaimed exhibition “One Day in the Holocaust: April 19, 1943” in the newly renamed Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. In this modest 6,000 square-foot leased space, the Museum has been able to share its mission of teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference to more than 80,000 visitors per year, half of whom are students from grades six through twelve.

Today, we look to the future and realize a dream forty years in the making. By breaking ground on the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, we will be able to accommodate more than 200,000 visitors annually – more than doubling our ability to positively impact attitudes and change behaviors through education.

We would not be here today without the generous support of our campaign donors, our dedicated Board of Directors, our long-standing members, community partners, and most importantly, our Holocaust Survivors, Hidden Children, and Refugees. All of you embody our theme for today: Passing along hope “from generation to generation – L’Dor V’Dor.” Together, our efforts will have a profound impact on our community and beyond.

Thank you for helping us realize this forty-year dream to teach more educators, guide more students, and ultimately transform Dallas into a city of Upstanders.

With sincere gratitude,
Campaign Cabinet Members of the "Building a Foundation of Hope” Campaign:

Rebecca Fletcher Frank Risch Ron Steinhart Florence Shapiro Mary Pat Higgins

At the outbreak of World War II, many African Americans rushed to enlist. They were determined to fight to preserve the freedom they themselves had been denied. Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII tells the story.

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII

This exhibit closes on January 26, 2018. The exhibit highlights African American achievements and struggles during World War II both abroad and at home and explores how the war served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. It includes personal accounts of those who served, including an eight-minute video on the Tuskegee Airmen.

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII ,was produced by The National World War II Museum. All rights reserved. National Touring Sponsors: Abbot Downing & Wells Fargo.

Family Days/FREE Admission
Sunday, January 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This exhibit closes January 26

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII was produced by The National World War II Museum. All rights reserved. National Touring Sponsors: Abbot Downing & Wells Fargo.

Other related programming:
Speaker: Dr. Graham Cox | Topic: Jim Crow Laws and the Nuremberg Trials
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | at the Museum, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Graham Cox, Lecturer in the History Department at the University of North Texas, will discuss how U.S. policymakers were able to seek justice for the Holocaust at the Nuremberg trials without addressing racial inequality at home. Free. RSVP required through Eventbrite.

Film Screening: The Tuskegee Airmen | Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Museum, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a screening of HBO’s The Tuskegee Airmen starring Laurence Fishburne. This film is based on the story of the groundbreaking Tuskegee Airmen unit, the first African American combat pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps, who fought in World War II.
Free. RSVP required through Eventbrite.

Exhibit Sponsors: Fox Rothschild LLP, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, and City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Community Partners: African American Museum, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Claude R. Platte DFW Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Dallas Civil Rights Museum, Dallas County Community College District, Eastfield College History Department, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Paul Quinn College, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Saint Paul Methodist Church, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Texas Center for African American Studies at University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, Veterans Resource Center, and Wilshire Baptist Church

Media Partners: Albert Outdoor Advertising, Efrogs-Short trip shuttle service, and KHVN Radio.

The exhibit will run through January 26, 2018.

Upstander Speaker Series: Sex Trafficking in North Texas

Upstander Speaker Series: Sex Trafficking in North Texas
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6 p.m. Pre-Event Reception
7 p.m. Program
Unity of Dallas
6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230

Human trafficking in the DFW area, particularly of minors, is a significant issue that often goes unnoticed. Led by Bill Bernstein, Deputy Director of Mosaic Family Services, this discussion will feature speakers who are actively working to end sex trafficking in North Texas through law enforcement, activism, and sharing personal experiences of survival.

-Rebekah Charleston, Sex Trafficking Survivor
-Sergeant Byron Fassett, Child Exploitation Squad, Dallas Police Department
-Lindsey Speed, Director of Programs, Traffick911

Event Sponsor: Northern Trust

Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News

RSVP required through Eventbrite.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
At the Museum

Marking the liberation of Auschwitz, International Holocaust Remembrance Day allows us to reflect upon the profound tragedy of the Holocaust. We also come together to share a moment of peace and hope for the future.

Free. RSVP not required. Admission fees for the Museum exhibits apply.

Panel Discussion: The African American Experience in Dallas During WWII

The African American Experience in Dallas During WWII
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.
At the Museum

In conjunction with our special exhibit Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII, join us for a conversation about life in Dallas for African Americans during World War II.

Video of entire Panel Discussion on African American Experiences in Dallas During WWII
Click here

Construction will commence immediately on the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Groundbreaking for New Museum-Watch the Video

On Monday morning, 10/10/17, led by local Holocaust survivors and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, the Dallas Holocaust Museum broke ground today on a new, iconic 51,000 square-foot museum in downtown Dallas, realizing a 40-year dream that will teach and inspire new generations to advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

Video of Groundbreaking 10.10.17

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Scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, the new state-of-the-art facility will be called the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and will be unique among the nation’s 21 Holocaust-related museums with an expanded examination of the Holocaust featuring dozens of video testimonies from Dallas area survivors, along with new, in-depth technology-enriched exhibits on other genocides, human rights issues, and American ideals.

Construction will commence immediately on the new museum, at 300 N. Houston Street in Dallas’ historic West End district, which will quadruple its current size, accommodate more than double the number of current visitors—half of whom will be school students—and feature a Cinemark XD 250-seat theater, two classrooms, a temperature-controlled library and archive, and a special reflection and memorial area for visitors over three floors.

Given the increase in global, national, and local incidents of terrorist attacks, anti-Semitism, hate speech, and hate crimes, the creation of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum has never been more critical or relevant. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 2016 was the second deadliest year for domestic extremist-related deaths in the United States since 1970—the first year ADL began recording the statistic.

“We need a place that allows us to discuss human rights, diversity, respect for others, and what that means for our city today,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “The new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will be that place. It will become a forum, right here in Dallas, to discuss the effects of hatred and how we as a community, united by understanding and acceptance, can counteract a dangerous history.”

Thanks to the tremendous work of the capital campaign chairs, Rebecca Fletcher, Frank Risch, and Ron Steinhart, the Museum met its $61 million goal and announced that it is extending its fundraising campaign to raise an additional $10 million, or a total of $71 million, to ensure institutional excellence by enhancing educational programming, hosting additional special exhibits, as well as funding for more teacher training, scholarships for students, programs fostering civil discourse and acceptance, technology upgrades, and ensuring its long-term financial stability.

“We are heartened by the tremendous support of our community and incredible donors to make this big dream a reality,” said Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO. “With our initial goal met to enable the start of construction, we are emboldened to expand our campaign to raise additional funding for enhanced educational programing and to ensure excellence in the years to come.”

Campaign Co-Chair Frank Risch said, “Achieving this major milestone of raising $61M ensures that we can build this new museum. Now, it’s time for us to continue fundraising to ensure long-term institutional excellence and financial sustainability for this first-class educational institution for which this community can be proud. With all that is going on in our world today, the need for such a facility, with its extensive educational programming, has never been greater.”

With the growing need for additional educational programming, the Museum’s expanded goal ensures excellence in the following area for decades to come:

• World-class, Holocaust and human rights-related special exhibitions
• Scholarship funds to ensure access to all students in North Texas
• Compelling programs that will foster civil discourse and acceptance of all people
• An education resource center for Texas and the surrounding states, providing curriculum training to teach difficult but all too relevant subject matters in an accurate and age-appropriate manner
• Adequate funding to maintain the facility and refresh and enhance the permanent exhibition and technology on an ongoing basis to provide a first-class visitor experience

“The new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will allow us to serve more students, teachers, and visitors than ever before, which is critical to our mission,” said Florence Shapiro, Board Chair. “Our goal, through education, is to overcome prejudice, bigotry, intolerance, and the suffering they cause.” The programs will include student outreach, curriculum for teachers, special events, and hosting prominent speakers. Independent research has shown that student attitudes and levels of tolerance are strongly impacted by visits to the Museum, and teachers have reported positive changes in student behavior following a Museum experience.

Ann and Nate Levine, major campaign donors, explained, “Hatred is spreading across the globe and targeting the most vulnerable, making it critical for institutions like the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum to teach children and adults a peaceful and tolerant approach to social interaction.”

In recognizing the contributions of the 20 local Holocaust Survivors at the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Rawlings proclaimed October 10th, 2017, “Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Day” in Dallas, and thanked the survivors for their service and devotion to Dallas and the nation.

OMNIPLAN Architects of Dallas designed the new building; the permanent exhibition is being designed by Berenbaum Jacobs Associates, under the stewardship of Michael Berenbaum, the former Project Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Washington DC Mall; the general contractor is Austin Commercial.

Campaign Gifts of $500,000 or more as of print date:

$10 Million: Ann and Nate Levine

$3 Million: Carol and Steve Aaron

$2 Million:
The Brown Family;
W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas

$1 Million: Anonymous (1); Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Family Foundation; Alon USA Energy, Inc.; Janet and Jeffrey Beck; Cinemark USA, Inc.; Feldman Foundation TX; The Funk Family; Estate of Lilian Furst; Glazer Family; Lisa and Neil Goldberg; Sherry and Ken Goldberg; The Haymann Family; The Hirsch Family Foundation;
Lieberman-Dell Family; Louis and Arlene Navias Foundation; Barbara and Stan Rabin; Frank and Helen Risch; Simmons Sisters Fund of the Dallas Foundation;
Weinreb, Glick, and Pearlman Families; Herb and Donna Weitzman; and Mark and Peggy Zilbermann

$750,000: Hillcrest Foundation

American Airlines, Diane and Hal Brierley; The Crystal Charity Ball; Drs. Lisa and David Genecov; Elizabeth and Tom Halsey; Hamon Charitable Foundation; Lyda Hill; Hoblitzelle Foundation; The Meadows Foundation; Paul and Lee Michaels, The Moody Foundation; Katherine and Eric Reeves; Betty Regard; Deedie Rose; Larry and Celia Schoenbrun; Marianne and Roger Staubach; and M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation

African American Experiences During WWII

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences During WWII
By: Capri Jordan

Beginning in September 2017, the Museum presented the new special gallery exhibit, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII. Here is the backstory to this exhibit and reasons you’ll want to see it, if you haven’t already.

In 1896, Plessy vs. Ferguson held in favor of racial segregation, maintaining that public institutions were to be kept “separate but equal.” Almost 45 years later, this system was still prevalent in much of America. In the south, segregation was embodied in the Jim Crow laws.

Executive Order 8802, issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, opened war industries to African American workers. However, black soldiers were still segregated from their white counterparts, often forced to work non-combat jobs (as cooks, logistics, stewards, etc.) without proper training. Despite segregation and other obstacles, many African Americans joined the war effort. As American soldiers fought against Nazi ideology, institutionalized prejudice flourished at home. The new exhibit, Fighting for the Right to Fight, uncovers the struggles African Americans faced when trying to fight in WWII.

African Americans joined the war effort hoping to inspire change in America. The Double V Campaign, which spread like wildfire in black communities, called for a victory overseas and a victory for American minorities at home. It began in 1942 when a black man from Wichita, Kansas wrote to The Pittsburgh Courier:

Should I sacrifice my life to live half American?…[Is it] too much to demand full citizenship rights in exchange for the sacrificing of my life? Is the…America I know worth defending? Will America be a true and pure democracy after this war?...I suggest that while we keep defense and victory in the forefront that we don't lose sight of our fight for true democracy at home.–James G. Thompson.

After the war, African Americans expected improvements in society, but conditions remained stagnant. Over the next decade, racial tensions grew. Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) which banned segregation in public schools led to the official start of the Civil Rights Movement. Sit-ins, marches, freedom rides, and rallies pushed the limits of race relations in the nation and drove the government to institute necessary legislation against segregation.

Upstanders emerged to oppose hate, injustice, prejudice, and ignorance. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall inspired others to stand up and fight for what they believed.

The Civil Rights Movement demanded that the treatment of minorities in America change. Current events bring home the point that this is a work in progress. The Museum special exhibits discussed here will inspire visitors to continue to stand up against injustice and hatred.


A special thank you to our exhibition sponsors and community partners:

Fighting for the Right to Fight Sponsors: Visit Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs City of Dallas, Fox Rothschild/Clint David, Dallas Managing Partner, The National WWII Museum, Wells Fargo, and Abbot Downing.

Fighting for the Right to Fight Community Partners:

Community Partners: African American Museum, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Claude R. Platte DFW Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Dallas Civil Rights Museum, Dallas Civil Rights Museum, Dallas County Community College District, Eastfield College History Department, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Paul Quinn College, St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Texas Center for African American Studies at University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, and Veterans Resource Center,

Media Partners:; The Dallas Examiner, and KHVN Radio.



The Dallas Holocaust Museum Tribute Program allows donors to honor or memorialize a family member, friend or other loved one. Donations allow us to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Below are the names of the donors who participated in the tribute program from January through October 2017 along with those they have chosen to recognize. Tributes are listed alphabetically by honoree.

Aaron Bard’s Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Sara Bassichis’ Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Leslie Bell's Bat Mitzvah from Cheryl and Paul Gardner
Brendan Bernstein, Jeremy Minsky and Aiden Mintskovsky’s Bar Mitzvah from Anonymous, Dana and Itamar David, Amy and Dustin Eber, Nicole and Joshua Emmett, Wendy Immerman, Tara and Daniel Karp, Anna and Alexander Katzman, Gil Krengel, Nicole Liebnick, Sofya and Felix Mintskovsky, Donna Nadata, Marni and Graeme Rael, Jenalee and Lee Raphael, Dafna and Neil Rubinstein, Sarina and Harry Schick, Carrie Sternberg, The Y Group
Joshua Brown's Birthday from Lorraine and Sidney Brown
the birth of Ari Nathan Cohen to Dr. and Mrs. Robert Cohen from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Irma Freudenreich’s 100th birthday from Dr. Annette Bamberger-Perkins and Dr. Steve Perkins, Marcie Feiger and Family, Amanda Ginsberg and Madhu Rajendran, Judith Massis-Leventhal and Harry Leventhal, Helen Stern, Sarah Yarrin and Jack Repp, and Toni and Arthur Wulwick
Marsha Gaswirth’s Birthday from Ruthie and Alan Shor
Matthew Genecov's Graduation from Terry and Dennis Darryl
Megan Genecov's Graduation from Terry and Dennis Darryl
Hannah Gershenson’s Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Tori Gervis’ Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal

Tex Gross’s 75th Birthday from Phyllis and Ron Steinhart
Davi Hopkovitz’s Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Alex Jonas’ 100th Birthday from Audrey and Archie Buskin, Marla and Rowan Buskin, Nicole and Michael Roy
Nate Levine’s Birthday from Reesa and David Feinstein, and Jordana and Alan Witheiler
Walter Levy’s Birthday from Fred StraussϮ
Noah Markman’s Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Jeremy Minsky’s Bar Mitzvah from Rhona Alter, Carol Gene and Howard Cohen, Gayle Johansen, Emily and Lawrence Kern, Kerri and Peter Lai, Helen and Frank Risch, Susan Wisch, Susan and Ellis Wolbe and Nancy and Bill Zisson
Aiden Minstkovsky’s Bar Mitzvah from Pamela and Jonathan Goldminz, Dana and Scott Palmer and Melissa and Michael Reiman
Jimmy Ray’s Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Helen Risch's Bat Mitzvah from Katherine and Warren Krause, and Carol and Richard Minker
Jacob Robinowitz Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Grant Rothfeder’s Bar Mitzvah from Renee Lubin
Joshua Rubel’s Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Benjamin Schussler’s Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Selma Sherman's Birthday from Zach Kleiman
the birth of Sloane Vivian Stein to Jody and Kyle Stein from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Herb Weitzman's Birthday from Kimberly Flynn
Robin and Louis Zweig’s anniversary from Staci and Douglas Ferber

ϮOf blessed memory

Sara Abosch from Temple Shalom’s Israel Connection Committee
Joel Aurnou from Meredith Walker
Ted Bernstein from Raquel and Michael Thornton
Suzanne Chapman from Ruth Etherton and Patricia Horn
Rebecca and Barron Fletcher from Betsy and Richard Eiseman
Dena and Eric Frankfort from Dorothy Cullum
Max Glauben from Deborah Cox, Mark Fischer, The Meadows Foundation, and the Jill and Benton Middleman Family
Debbie Green from Fred StraussϮ
Valerie Hauss-Smith from Karen and Aric Stock
Mary Pat Higgins from Joanne and Charles Teichman
Jim Hogue from Marol Alkek
Holocaust Remembrance Day from Stephanie Loovis
Stephanie Berlin Loovis from Dottie Brashear
Paul Michaels from Nancy Rivin and Jim Bishkin
Dorothy Prengler from Warren Gould
Katherine and Stuart Reeves from Richard Eiseman
Jack Repp from Chabad of Frisco
Frank Risch from Dena and Steve Denn and Rabbi’s Nancy Kasten and David Stern
Terry and Bert Romberg from Margaret and William Collins, Jackson Hole Jewish Community, Donna and Charles Stevens and White’s Chapel United Methodist Church
Byron Sanders from Nicole Gray
Ron Steinhart from Josh Feferman
Charles Teichman from Alysa Teichman
Jackie and Steve Waldman from Frances Rubin
Donna and Herb Weitzman from Cathey and James Greenfield
Billie Williamson from Steve Levy

ϮOf blessed memory


Dorothy and Herman Abrams from Elizabeth Price
Edward Ackerman from Blair Wylie
Anita Alhadef from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Augusta and Louis Bernstein from Raquel and Michael Thornton
Ilse and Walter Bernstein from Raquel and Michael Thornton
Robert Cohen from Harriet L. Levine
Mary Collings from Angela Brackbill
Edwin Daniels from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Louis Erskine from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Jeanne Fagadau from Daphne and David Sydney
Jonna and David Falk’s father from Janelle and Thomas Brink
Bruce Feldman from Carol and John Levy
Leo Fields from Joanne and Charles Teichman, and Jackie and Steve Waldman
Helen Cremer Fogel from Elaine Brooks, Myra and Bert Fischel, Ynette and Jim Hogue, Susan and Alan Klein, Carol and Mark Kreditor, Margot Okowita, Daphne and David Sydney, and Phyllis Trigg
Carroll Forrester from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Ron Gaswirth from Helen Biderman, Robert J. Shapiro, and Ruthie and Alan Shor
Simon Jay Gershon from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Frances Glazer from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Harriett Gold from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Dolores Golman from Dvora and Michael Schiff
Bob Greenspan from Phyllis and Bill Carroll
Betsy Halsey from Betty Jo and David Bell, and Daphne and David Sydney
Jane Hayword from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Muriel Hertdfeld Karp from Ron Stone
Guadelupe Hinojosa de Los Reyes from Martha Hinojosa-Nadler and Barry Nadler
Murray Hoffer from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Agnes Hoffman from Susan Casey, Hollie and Brian Choate, Helen and Thomas Dunlap, Elizabeth Kummer, Cynthia Marshall, Marianne and Bruce Rosenstein, and Margaret and John Veatch
Shirley Hoppenstein from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Alli Itzkowitz from Gerri and Ira Epstein, Naomi Fainchtein, Haiya Feder-Naftali, Diane and Mark Fleschler, Lynda and Charles Golenternek, James and Julie Heath, Tracey Kennedy, Julie Kronick, Lynne and Stuart Lautin, Natalie and Jerry Levy, Shari Lewis, Lorie and Charles Meister, Shelly and Edward Mendelson, Jane Pawgan, Jeanette and Michael Pincus, RES Real Estate, Sandy Rubin, Dvora and Michael Schiff, Kim and Avrum Schonwald, Janice and Stan Statman
Barbara Jeffery from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Mathilda Kaman from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Edward Kleiman from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Irene Kogutt from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Marilyn Krovetz from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Nicole Lynn Gray Lamb from Rachel Croson, Greg Frazier, Carla Getz, Patricia and David Gray, D.D. Gray, Ann McFadyen, Shelly Parker and Mahmut Yasar
Pearlie Leshin from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Doris Levine from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Richard Miniter from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Barbara Mintz from Martin Mintz
Cecelia Rasansky Mopsik from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Laura Jean Myrick from Richard E. Warren
David Olschwanger from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Kenny Osschwanger from Lynn and A. Jay Staub
John Raphael from Carmine and David Achtman, Kay and William Allensworth, Anonymous, AWH Capital, L.P., The Dan and Martha Lou Beaird Foundation, Pamela and John Beckert, Marc and Sheela Birnbaum, Kristin Blakeslee,
Cecilia and Garrett Boone, Angela Brackbill, Dave Bumpass, Ellen and Sam Burford, Cain Capital Management, L.P.,
Nelda Cain Pickens, William Chesnut Jr., Warren Christensen, Carole Cohen, Estie and Nick Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Chase K. Comer, Beth and F. William Conner, Beth and F. William Conner, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Carole Edwards, Eleven Seven Music, Patricia Fagadau, Judy and Ron Foxman, Helen and Jerry Frank, Cheryl and Paul Gardner, Cindy and Alan Golman, Elaina and Gary Gross, Thomas L. Harrison, Mary Beth Hickman, Ynette and Jim Hogue, Randy M. Horton,
Dale and David Hyman, James Jarocki, Dana and Craig Johnson, Veronique and Hylton Jonas, Rod Cain Jones, David Kelly, Debbie Kingsley, Steven Kline, Cindie and David Kurtz, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell M. Lafitte, Vickie and Douglas Lattner, Mary and Sloan Leonard, Mandell and Associates, LLC, Nancy Cain Marcus, Sharon and Thomas McNearney, Sally and Mike McWilliams, Priscilla and Bob Montana, Sandy Nachman, Corinne Nassen, Nhu Nguyen, OMNIPLAN, Papagolos Development Company, Jeffrey Petterson, Janie and Richard Pullman, Sally Clark-Raphael and Steve Raphael, REX Real Estate I, L.P., Nancy Rogers and Fred Casteel, Kelly and James Rosales, Celia and Larry Schoenbrun, Stephanie and Shawn Sharp, Alexis and Steven Spiritas, Phyllis and Ron Steinhart, Joanne and Charles Teichman, The Greene Company, Marcia and James Wallenstein, Cynthia and William Ward, Nicole Willis and Lois C. Wolf

Valeria Rohan from Ynette and Jim Hogue
Lena Rothschild from the Honorable Florence and Howard Shapiro and Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Paula Rudnick from Tasca and Neal Feibel
Eileen Sacha from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Arthur Sarris from Barbara and Randall Rosenblatt
Shelly Satterfield from Ariel and Beth Payan
Max Schiff from the Honorable Florence and Howard Shapiro, and Cynthia and Stuart Spechler
Armond G. Schwartz from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Sheila Shor from Annette Conely, Robert Cox, Susan Gruppi, Kathleen Nash, Dough Nash, and Shelley Taylor
Anita Simon from Kathy and Steven Schneider
Esther Gold Stein from Jackie and Stephen Waldman
Fred Strauss from Beth Berk, Elaine and Richard Berry, Michele Bertcher, Ilene Bierman, Joan D. Boruszak,
Candy and Ike Brown, Anita and Todd Chanon, Charlotte L. Cohen, Beverly and Jerome Cohen, Janice Conners,
Amy and Jose Cuevas, Rhonda and Art Diamond, Judith Glazer, Sherry and Ken Goldberg, Shari and Steve Goldberg, Millicent and Leonard Gorsky, Roberta Hurwitz, Mark Hutto, Estate of Karl and Renate Kahn, Sandra and Mark Kaman, Barbara and Lawrence Korman, Carol and Mark Kreditor, Linda and Larry Levey, Leslie and Steven Levin, Hilma and Walter Levy, Vera and Gary Lichtenstein, Dorothy and Angelo Lombardi, Roger Medvin, Shelly and Edward Mendelson, Judith Minkin, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mohl, Susie and Larry Mondry, Debbie and Fred Rabinowitz, Annette Rosen, Sheila and Michael Rosenberg, George Rothkopf, The Honorable Florence and Howard Shapiro, Temple Shipley, Jackie and Steve Waldman, Irena and Stewart Wayne, Carol and Peter Winston, Gay and Irving Winter, Elizabeth and Helmut Wolff, and David Wolfish
Joseph Treblin from Laurie and David Sokolsky
Max Vernon from Don’t Pustejovsky

To make a tribute gift, please call 214 741-7500, visit or (Link Form click here.)

The death of three innocent people is utterly reprehensible.


The Dallas Holocaust Museum remembers a time when Aryan racist ideology led to the murder of six million Jews, as well as the persecution and murder of millions of other victims.

While we strongly support freedom of speech and expression, we are alarmed by the growth of white supremacists in our country. The messages of hatred and racial bigotry, and the glorification of Nazi ideology and paraphernalia, promoted by the “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville should serve as a call to action for us all. That it ended in the death of three innocent people is utterly reprehensible. We must strive to live up to the incredible ideals of liberty, justice and equality on which our great country was founded, and we must do so without resorting to violence.

We abhor hatred and bigotry in all its forms and urge all citizens to recognize both as unacceptable and destructive. We call upon the public to unite in condemnation of xenophobic rhetoric and actions, to find common ground, and to promote civil discourse and mutual understanding.

To learn more about the Holocaust, please visit the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Our mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust to advance human rights and combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

A Narrative Walk Through the New Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

A Narrative Walk Through the New Museum

Much is expected of the exhibits and galleries of a building meant to convey the horrors of the Holocaust, the justice of the Nuremberg Trials, the hope for humanity encapsulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Genocide Convention, and the exceptional nature of American ideals, reality, and repair.

Fulfilling these expectations is at the core of the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

The new Museum will deal with challenging, thought-provoking, crucial, heart-wrenching moments in history. As the generation of Holocaust survivors pass from the scene, our mission grows in importance. This building will convey our mission, create a space for learning and exploration, and allow for reflection so visitors may fully comprehend the gravity of the information they have absorbed. The museum aims to transform lives.

The 51,000 square foot building’s design leads visitors through the journey--a carefully choreographed sequence of spaces intended to remove the visitor from distractions so that the focus is solely on the exhibits.

The Museum's courtyard is accessible--a part of the city, and, yet, a microcosm of its own. The visitor is aware of the Museum's messaging and education but is apart from it; the courtyard offers solace where visitors can collect their thoughts in anticipation of the journey.

Once inside, the lobby provides a clear view of the courtyard. Natural light fills the space. The visitor is aware of the city but removed from its distractions. Here, the visitor can choose to enter the Special Exhibit Gallery, a flexible space that will host a variety of rotating exhibits.

From the lobby, the Orientation Theater becomes the departure point for the journey through the exhibition rooms in the building.

The Holocaust/Shoah Wing is the first major exhibition space the visitor will experience. It encourages the visitor to focus on the history and inhumanity that were the horrors of the Holocaust and answers the question, how did this happen?

The Human Rights Gallery follows the Shoah section and demonstrates the efforts of humankind to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to introduce the concept of ‘never again’, which has still not become a reality.

Next is the Genocide Gallery that demonstrates that these efforts are still a work-in-progress. Here, the 10 Stages of Genocide are illustrated through major art installations, which teach that genocide is a process and ensure that “I didn’t know,” can no longer serve as an excuse to ignore the suffering of others.

The Pivot to America Wing includes the Founding Ideals, and American Ideals, Reality, and Repair (AIRR) Galleries, the Beyond Tolerance Theater, the Call to Action Gallery and the Reflection and Memorial Room.

AIRR engages visitors with documents foundational to our nation and then explores the reality of life in America. This reality is tempered by efforts at repair undertaken by Americans as part of our democratic system, as envisioned by the founders. The Beyond Tolerance Theater provides an interactive experience that will challenge our visitors to think about their own implicit bias. They will then advance to the “Call to Action,” to embrace ideals, challenge reality, and participate in ongoing repair. The Museum provides visitors with interactive information to take the first steps to become involved on a local or national level.

The journey culminates in the Reflection and Memorial Room that provides visitors with a serene space in which to reflect on hope, rebirth, and faith, and to memorialize those who died during the Holocaust.

The Architecture
The architecture of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum communicates the notion of the journey through the building and the exhibits. It is a dynamic structure, expressive of the physical and emotional experience, and movement from arrival to departure, with milestones along the way. Structurally, the building ensures an intuitive path for visitors so that the focus is on the experience, without distractions. The architecture is assertive and inviting. It is meant to fit in and to become a landmark in Dallas’ historic West End district.

The Context
The placement of the building on its site responds to a series of considerations: it creates a vibrant open urban space for the neighborhood, it allows for sunlight to reach the Museum. It is compatible with its neighbors--the tourist attractions nearby: the Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza, and the Old Red Court House. At the same time, the design complies with the City of Dallas and West End Historic District requirements. The building height, setbacks, lot coverage, parking counts, loading and trash collection zones are satisfactorily met and will not require variances or adjustments to the current zoning.

The Materials
With its exterior copper cladding which will acquire a natural patina over time, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will comply with the historic district requirements of masonry and metal façades.

From Mary Pat Higgins President and CEO 2017 Fall Newsletter


Dear Visitors and Friends of the Museum,

The Groundbreaking and Survivor Dedication Ceremony – the realization of a 40-year dream - was a celebratory and emotional event. In 1977, a small group of Holocaust Survivors came together with an extraordinary vision to teach the North Texas Community the lessons learned from the Holocaust and to memorialize the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

These amazing individuals saw as their legacy the creation of a museum for future generations of students and adults. Their mission and ours, to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference, has never been more relevant.

These are difficult times. The rise of violence, hate groups, antisemitism, racism, religious intolerance, and close-mindedness seems overwhelming. Our work, to turn these trends around, is critical, and we will be able to host many more people in our new Museum.

Because of the courage, resilience, and vision of the Holocaust Survivors in the DFW area, and with the incredible support of generous donors, the community, and local leadership, we were able to break ground on the new, 51,000 sqft, state of the art Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum!

Dallas is a world class city, and the new Museum promises to be a world-class facility. When it opens its doors in the summer of 2019, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will be a leader among the 21 existing Holocaust Museums in the country, and for that matter, the world.
It is so exciting to be at the point of ensuring that this long-held dream becomes a reality. I am profoundly grateful to everyone who contributed to this Herculean effort. We can all be proud that we are part of building a new foundation of hope for our community for decades to come.

This pride and excitement will sustain us until we come together again to celebrate the grand opening in 2019. I can’t wait to see you all there!

Mary Pat Higgins

Dallas Holocaust Museum Presents April 19, 1943: One Day in the Holocaust
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | at Museum at 2:00 p.m.
Join us as we bring attention to April 19, 1943, the focal point of the Museum’s core exhibit. The event will feature a talk by Jack Repp, Holocaust survivor, and light refreshments. This event is included in the cost of admission.

One Day During the Holocaust

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | at Museum at 2:00 p.m.
Join us as we bring attention to April 19, 1943, the focal point of the Museum’s core exhibit. The event will feature a talk by Jack Repp, Holocaust survivor, and light refreshments. This event is included in the cost of admission.

Lauren Embrey

From as early as 3 months old, I was cared for by an African-American woman. Her name was Reggie Kelley. She stayed at the house all day through dinner and into the night if my parents had a party.

Reggie had two uniforms in the utility room closet: white for daytime and black for nighttime. Reggie's husband's name was Papa. Papa would come over to our house on those party evenings and leave with her. Reggie drove the old company Cadillac my dad gave her and she wouldn't let Papa drive it.
This one particular evening when I was in my 20s, I was riding with them, and I wanted Papa to sit in the front seat. I offered that to him, thinking it was very kind and forward-thinking of me. I wanted to show him we were equals.

He said, "No thank you, Miss Embrey." I asked him again, same answer, and again, with more persistence. Still "No." He sat in the back seat, behind me. I never understood why he said no.

Nearly 20 years later and early in my leadership at the Embrey Family Foundation, I attended a workshop on white privilege with the organization Race Forward. I knew I had cultural and societal advantages as a wealthy white woman, but I didn't know exactly how.
At this workshop, I first learned of implicit bias. Implicit bias refers to the ways of thinking and behaving that are taught to us as children, belief systems so deeply ingrained that, even as adults, they steer our decisions and our behaviors at a level below conscious awareness.

As I reflected on this, I remembered what happened that night with Papa and told the facilitator. She didn't pause. "Of course he wouldn't, Lauren. If he had been caught sitting in the front seat with a white person behind him, he would have been lynched."

Lynched? In the 1980s? But Papa grew up in the early 1900s; he lived through Jim Crow, the murder of Emmett Till, the violence that surrounded desegregation and the civil rights movement. I knew she was right. It was like someone punched me in the chest. How could I be so ignorant?

So I took Harvard University's Implicit Bias Test that measures the strength of associations between concepts (for example, black people, white people) and evaluations (good, bad, etc.). My result: a strong automatic preference for white people. With this new awareness of bias, I decided to change.

During the next few years, the Embrey Family Foundation initiated staff and community conversations, sought counsel from experts and refocused part of our financial commitment toward the work of racial equity. One of our most important investments was the 2013 launch of Dallas Faces Race. This forum brings together nonprofit organizations to actively build their capacity to address racial equity and collaborate to make change.

Race matters, and the way we talk about race matters now more than ever. We must change the narrative, the one learned as children, and the one that continues today. Each of us can be part of that solution, and it starts by understanding our biases and the words we use.

A few days ago, I took the implicit bias test again. My result: no automatic preference for one race over the other. This is a process; I was born in Texas in the 1950s, and I was brought up in the culture of that time. I know I must continue to challenge my innate belief systems to open my world.

Facing implicit bias is a journey that requires courage, honesty and love. Dallas is on this journey as well. Will you join us?
Lauren Embrey is the president of the Embrey Family Foundation and chief executive of Embrey Interests Ltd. in Dallas. She wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. Website:

Tales From the Archives

The Dallas Holocaust Museum archival collection contains 11,000 items, including books, photographs, textiles, and letters. Significantly, we are actively collecting Holocaust-related artifacts and have recently expanded our collecting focus to include human rights materials.

Recently, the archivist Felicia Williamson met with the Carol Pinker family, who generously donated their maternal grandmother's wedding dress. Carol's mother (Herta Traub) married Carol's father (Karl Wolf) on February 16, 1936. Significantly, the family had previously donated Karl and Herta's Ketubah, or wedding contract.

After experiencing the terror of Kristallnacht, Karl and Herta fled Nazi Germany. The Museum is so thrilled to add this important artifact to our collection!

Do you know of Holocaust or human rights collections in the Dallas area? Please contact the Archivist at with details!

Photograph of Herta Traub’s 1936 wedding dress and Ketubah

Carol Pinker Family Collections. Accessions 2016.242 and 2017.11

Stan Levinson Bio Fall 2017 Newsletter

Stan Levenson is a widely recognized public relations professional whose career in Dallas spans over 45 years. While achieving a leadership role in the public relations profession, Mr. Levenson has dedicated several decades to community service, the arts, and support for education. We have had the great fortune of benefitting from his wisdom, along with countless other organizations. Levinson’s commitment to our community is unparalleled.

A former chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber's marketing committee, Levenson has directed numerous civic initiatives, including the Mayor’s Task Force on Marketing Southern Dallas; he chaired the grand opening of the African-American Museum at Fair Park; served on the boards of the Dallas Arboretum and the North Texas Commission. He was a participating member of the President's Advisory Council of the AT&T Center for the Performing Arts and the Legacy Council at the Sammons Center for the Performing Arts, the Texas Trees, Thanks-Giving and Jewish Family Service Foundations.

Throughout his career, Mr. Levenson has been active on advisory boards at the University of North Texas’ College of Music; the University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Arts and Humanities and SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, and Communication Studies at Southern Methodist University. He was an adjunct professor and taught PR Management at SMU.

In 2008, Levenson was selected to the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee by Chairman Roger Staubach and other board members. He is also a past Chairman of the Urban League of Greater Dallas. He served as a member of the board of this Museum for many years and currently advises staff on communications issues. To that end, he regularly delivers articles he’s clipped that helps us keep abreast of incidents of antisemitism as well as articles on topics related to our mission.

Here are links to a few of the articles in his recent collection: (added not from Stan)