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GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW MUSEUM - October 10, 2017

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:
Co-chairs

Rebecca Fletcher Frank Risch Ron Steinhart Florence Shapiro Mary Pat Higgins

Americans and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941, Jan. 10

Americans and the Refugee Crisis, 1938-1941: Wrestling with Fear and Moral Responsibility
Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 7 p.m.
At the Museum
Free. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss the United States’ response to the refugee crisis during the Holocaust, and specifically Otto Frank’s attempts to bring his family to the U.S.

Dr. Erbelding is a historian of American responses to the Holocaust and the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe. She has a PhD in American history from George Mason University.

Presented in conjunction with our current special exhibition, Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank.

Let Me Be Myself was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Exhibition Sponsors: Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Texas Instruments, KPMG, and Omni Dallas Hotel

Community Partners: Catholic Diocese of Dallas, HIAS, International Rescue Committee in Texas, Mosaic Family Services, Refugee Council USA, Refugee Services of Texas, Temple Shalom, Vickery Meadows Youth Development Foundation

Film Screening: Selma, Jan. 20

Film Screening: Selma
Sunday, January 20, 2019 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Texas Theatre
231 West Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
Free. RSVP at Eventbrite.

In conjunction with the City of Dallas’ annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., join us for a screening of Selma. The film is based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights for African Americans in the face of violent opposition. The march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the Civil Rights Movement.

Community Partners: 3 Stars Jewish Cinema, Center for African American Studies UT Arlington, City of Dallas, Dallas VideoFest, Denton Black Film Festival, Department of History at the University of North Texas, George W. Bush Presidential Center Jewish Film Festival of Dallas (JCC Dallas), Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, Texas Theatre

Media Partner: DallasGospelConnection.com

Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank Exhibition Now Open

Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank

Opens September 13, 2018 to August 2019

The Dallas Holocaust Museum is proud to present the Texas debut of a newly-created special exhibition, Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank.

Let Me Be Myself tells the story of Anne Frank in a modern way, addressing current day issues of identity, exclusion, and discrimination. Anne’s experiences connect deeply with today’s youth as they grow and learn that all actions and words matter.

This exhibition will also feature the United States premier of a Virtual Reality (VR) component from Force Field VR and Oculus Studios that allows the visitor to travel back in time to Anne Frank’s hiding place, the “Secret Annex.” In a one-of-a-kind experience, visitors will be drawn into the world in which Anne Frank lived -- in the shadows of genocide and war.

Free with admission, VR tours are available in 15-minute sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. daily, but must be booked online. Participants cannot be pregnant, elderly, have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities or psychiatric disorders, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical conditions.

Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank is an exhibition visitors will not soon forget.

Click here visit our Calendar of Events and to sign up for an available time slot.

This exhibition is available in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish thanks to the generous support of Texas Instruments.

Exhibition Sponsors: Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Texas Instruments, KPMG, and Omni Dallas Hotel

Community Partners: Catholic Diocese of Dallas, HIAS, International Rescue Committee in Texas, Refugee Council USA, Temple Shalom, Vickery Meadows Youth Development Foundation

Let Me Be Myself was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Images from Photo Collection Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. Copyright AFF/AFH-Basel/Amsterdam.

Fort Worth City-Wide Read and Performance featured in the Star-Telegram, November 27, 2018

Fort Worth City-Wide Read and Performance featured in the Star-Telegram, November 27, 2018

"Daughter of Jewish refugee tells Texas students: 'We have no place for hatred'"

In 1938, when a Nazi totalitarian regime pushed a budding 14-year-old pianist from her family and home in Vienna, Lisa Jura found hope in music.

The keys of a piano eased the loneliness that set in when a young girl missed her mother. Music lifted the darkness when Great Britain was under attack. And the tunes filled a solemn dance hall as strapping American soldiers prepared to enter combat.

This story of survival and love of music inspired classical pianist Mona Golabek to share her mother’s experience as a Jewish refugee during World War II this week with sixth-grade students in Fort Worth.

Click here to read the full article.

STATEMENT ABOUT TREE OF LIFE SHOOTING

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Dallas Holocaust Museum is horrified by the senseless attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and all affected by this terrible hate crime.

We abhor violence, hatred, and bigotry in all its forms and remember a time when antisemitism led to the murder of six million Jews, and the persecution of millions of others. Sadly, the evil motives that drove the Holocaust, the impluse to divide humanity into groups and categories of us versus them, still exist. It is time to put our differences aside and unite in civility. We call on Americans to stand together, to take responsibility for each other and become Upstanders – standing against prejudice and hatred in our daily lives, in our country, and in the world.

The Museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust, and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. To learn more, please visit DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.

Video: Upstander Speaker Series: Dr. Efraim Zuroff

Upstander Speaker Series:
Dr. Efraim Zuroff: "My Life as a Nazi Hunter"
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Livestream video from the event

For the past 37 years, Dr. Efraim Zuroff has been actively involved in the worldwide efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to trial, initially as the sole researcher in Israel for the Office of Special Investigations of the U.S. Justice Department, and since 1986 as the coordinator of Nazi war crimes research worldwide for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. His efforts influence the passage of special laws in several countries enabling the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. He is currently the director of the Center’s Israel Office in Jerusalem.

Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News

Sponsors: Northern Trust, Anonymous, and The Elliott and Patty Garsek Charitable Fund

Community Partners: Refugee Services of Texas, Inc., SMU Embrey Human Rights Program

Video: Civil Discourse Series: Free Speech on College Campuses

The Civil Discourse Series: Free Speech on College Campuses took place on Monday, October 29, 2018.

How is free speech defined? Are legal requirements related to First Amendment free speech protections different for public and private universities? Should free speech be unfettered on campus? Should certain principles guide administrative action concerning free speech?

This conversation was moderated by Brendan Miniter, VP and Editor of Editorials for The Dallas Morning News.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President, Texas Woman's University
  • Dr. John Plotts, Interim President, University of Dallas
  • Dr. Neal Smatresk, President, University of North Texas

The Civil Discourse Series presents multiple sides of a thought-provoking topic through respectful discussion. For each event, the Museum will convene a panel of subject matter experts to represent their unique perspectives on an issue related to human and civil rights.

Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News

Sponsors: Embrey Family Foundation, Anonymous

Community Partners: Dallas Civil Rights Museum, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, JCC Dallas, SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, Texas Woman's University, Unity of Dallas, University of Dallas, University of North Texas

Civil Discourse Series: Free Speech on College Campuses, Oct. 29

Civil Discourse Series: Free Speech on College Campuses
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Unity of Dallas
6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230
Free. RSVP required at Eventbrite.

Join us for a discussion on the role of free speech on college and university campuses. How is free speech defined? Are legal requirements related to First Amendment free speech protections different for public and private universities? Should free speech be unfettered on campus? Should certain principles guide administrative action concerning free speech?

This conversation will be moderated by Brendan Miniter, VP and Editor of Editorials for The Dallas Morning News.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President, Texas Woman's University
  • Dr. John Plotts, Interim President, University of Dallas
  • Dr. Neal Smatresk, President, University of North Texas

The Civil Discourse Series presents multiple sides of a thought-provoking topic through respectful discussion. For each event, the Museum will convene a panel of subject matter experts to represent their unique perspectives on an issue related to human and civil rights.

Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Morning News

Sponsors: Embrey Family Foundation, Anonymous

Community Partners: Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Dallas Civil Rights Museum, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Refuge Services of Texas, Inc., SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, Texas Woman's University, Unity of Dallas, University of Dallas, University of North Texas

A CALL FOR CIVILITY

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, its Jewish Community Relations Council, the ADL-Texoma Region, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance and the SMU Human Rights Program feel compelled to address the use of Adolf Hitler's name and depiction in a political advertisement recently issued by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price as a comparison to President Donald Trump.

A citation to Adolf Hitler by anyone for anything other than education or reference to the Holocaust perpetrated during World War II, is highly inappropriate and offensive. This reference diminishes the inexpressible horror perpetrated and orchestrated by Adolf Hitler with the systematic murder of six million Jews and millions of other victims. To use his name and portrayal as a comparison in a political advertisement demeans the memory and humanity of those who perished and cheapens our political process.

In our current climate of political discourse, it is essential that our leadership and our community strive to maintain the highest level of mutual respect and consideration for each other. A civil discourse about ideas, positions and candidates makes our community and our country stronger.

As 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, we do not support or oppose candidates for political offices.

Hope for Humanity Honoring Dr. Gregory L. Fenves, UT President, Oct. 24

Hope for Humanity - 2018 Honoree: DR. GREGORY L. FENVES
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Hilton Anatole
2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner and Program

Join us as the Museum proudly honors DR. GREGORY L. FENVES, President of the University of Texas at Austin, as our 2018 Hope for Humanity Honoree. This annual dinner is the primary annual fundraising event of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. Proceeds from the dinner fund the Museum’s exhibits and year-round community and educational programming.

Tables of 10 start at $5,500.
Contact 469.399.5202 or Events@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Lunch & Learn: Modern Antisemitism, October 16

Lunch & Learn: Modern Antisemitism
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 12 p.m.
NEW LOCATION
Temple Emanu-El
8500 Hillcrest Avenue
Free. RSVP required at Eventbrite.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum's Lunch & Learn Series features programs on Holocaust history and human rights topics. A light lunch will be provided.

Join Dawn Strauss, facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, for an interactive discussion on modern-day antisemitism in the United States and abroad. The conversation will include data on recent trends, a discussion on the language of antisemitism, and an interactive portion that will help participants explore practical responses to antisemitism.

Please note: This program will take place at Temple Emanu-El. Park near the main entrance (facing Hillcrest Avenue) and staff will be available to direct you to the classroom.

Construction Progress

PARKING LOT CLOSURE OF THE DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM BEGINS MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

Starting this coming Monday, July 16, the Museum will begin construction on its new parking garage, thus making the current parking lot on Houston Street next to Corgan Architects, unavailable for use.

Despite this closure, there are numerous self-parking options available for purchase within three blocks of the Museum. Below is a PDF that lists alternate parking sites. We suggest utilizing one of the following three options:

  1. Directly across from the Museum at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets there is an open air parking lot behind The Sixth Floor Museum.
  2. If you would prefer a covered parking space, there is an underground parking garage next door to the Records Building on Elm, at the intersection of Record and Elm Streets just a block away from the Museum’s main entrance.
  3. The West End Station of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system is located one block from the Museum’s main entrance.

Thank you for your patience during this exciting time in the Museum’s history -- and we look forward to you visiting us soon

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Deanne McElroy, Membership Officer, at dmcelroy@dallasholocaustmuseum.org or at 469-399-5210.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF TOPPING OUT CEREMONY, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018

An incredible moment in our Museum's history! The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s Topping Out Ceremony included remarks from Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO; Ron Steinhart, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign; Brad Brown, President, Austin Commercial; Thear Suzuki, Cambodian Survivor; and The Honorable Florence Donald Shapiro, Chairperson of the Board. Local Holocaust Survivors, Board Members, Survivors of Rwandan and Cambodian Genocides, and Museum members attended this momentous event.

D Magazine Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Topping Out Ceremony, June 14, 2018
The Dallas Morning News Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Topping Out Ceremony, June 13, 2018
NBC Channel 5 Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Topping Out Ceremony and Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben, June 13, 2018
CW33 Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Topping Out Ceremony and Paul Kessler, June 13, 2018
MarketScale AEC Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Topping Out Ceremony, June 13, 2018

Video: Topping Out Ceremony, June 13, 2018

An incredible moment in our Museum's history! The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s Topping Out Ceremony included remarks from Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO; Ron Steinhart, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign; Brad Brown, President, Austin Commercial; Thear Suzuki, Cambodian Survivor; and The Honorable Florence Donald Shapiro, Chairperson of the Board. Local Holocaust Survivors, Board Members, Survivors of Rwandan and Cambodian Genocides, and Museum members attended this momentous event.

Survivor Speaker Series

Summer Survivor Speaker Series

SEPTEMBER:

Sunday, September 2 - Julie Berman
Julie is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. Her mother, Magda Ehrlich Mittelman, survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps as well as a death march. Her father, Laszlo Mittelman, survived forced labor and later escaped and became a partisan (resistance fighter). Julie preserves her parents' legacies and shares their testimonies through a multi-media presentation.

Sunday, September 9 - Emmanuel Sebagado
Emmanuel Sebagabo lost family members in the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 and in the massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996. He came to the United States in 2001 from the Kiziba Refugee Camp in Rwanda and settled with his mom and two sisters in Dallas. Mr. Sebagabo will share his story and discuss the political situation and ethnic violence in his home country and surrounding regions of Central and East Africa.

Sunday, September 16 - Bert Romberg
Bert is from Germany, and he was on a Kindertransport that rescued Jewish children by bringing them to the United Kingdom.

12:30 p.m. | At the Museum

Join us to hear the testimonies of Holocaust Survivors, Refugees, and Hidden Children, as well as second generation Survivors and Survivors of modern-day genocides.

Included in cost of Museum admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 12 p.m.

Sponsored By: Central Market/H-E-B and Ernst & Young, LLC

Community Partners: The Dallas Institute of Humanities and the Rwandan American Community of Dallas/Fort Worth

Live Stream from Journalism and Human Rights Panel

Panel Discussion: Journalism and Human Rights
Live Stream from Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson are experienced photojournalists and the co-creators of Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq. They have covered culture and conflict from the Balkans to the Middle East, as well as here in the United States. This session will be moderated by Marcia Allert, Director of Photography for The Dallas Morning News. Before joining The Dallas Morning News, Marcia Allert worked for The Daily Beast, The New York Times, and ABC News.

This panel was presented in conjunction with the Candy Brown Holocaust and Human Rights Educator Conference and our current special exhibition, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum Supports Statement Released AHO's Board of Directors

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Dallas Holocaust Museum supports the following statement released by the AHO’s Board of Directors:

"The Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations today called upon the government of Poland to revoke its controversial law regarding Holocaust research and stated that amending the law to remove criminal prosecution while leaving open the possibility of civil procedures is not sufficient.

The law continues to place the burden of proof on Holocaust survivors, scholars and educators. This is not an acceptable solution and any attempt to inhibit historical research or threaten open expression on the Holocaust in Poland must be rejected. Therefore the Board shares the concerns raised by institutions such as Yad Vashem, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as experts such as Prof Yehuda Bauer who have all pointed out that historical facts cannot be legislated. The AHO Board also urges Poland’s government to take immediate steps to counter the antisemitism that has erupted in the wake of the controversy surrounding the law.

The Association of Holocaust Organizations is an international network of over 370 organizations and individuals working for the advancement of Holocaust education, remembrance and research."

Docent Tours on Thursdays and Saturdays

Join us for guided tours this summer! Each Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m., a docent will take you through the permanent exhibition, One Day in the Holocaust: April 19, 1943, where we'll encourage Upstander behavior. No two tours will be the same! Cost of tour included in admission. Tours take place now through August 30.

Official Museum Immigration Policy Statement

June 20, 2018 The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance calls upon all branches of our government to work together to fix our immigration system so that children are not separated from their parents at the borders of our great nation.

Separating families, regardless of why they are here, is the wrong policy and it needs to end. We are viewed throughout the world as a humane and compassionate nation, and we need to live up to our ideals.

At the Museum we teach visitors to be Upstanders, to stand up and take a moral, and ethical stance, even in the face of tremendous opposition.

NBC Channel 5 Coverage on the Topping Out Ceremony for the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

"Final Construction on Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Underway"
NBC Channel 5 Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Topping Out Ceremony and Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben
Aired Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"This morning, Holocaust survivors, and survivors of other genocides were at the construction site on 300 N. Houston Street. They placed letters into a time capsule about the significance of the museum.

Max Glauben is a founder and a lifetime board member of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He wrote one of the letters that went into the time capsule."

Click here to see the news segment, or watch the entire video below.

CW33 Coverage on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Topping Out Ceremony

"Dallas Holocaust Museum Gets a New Home"
CW33 Coverage on on the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Topping Out Ceremony and Paul Kessler
Aired Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"The new state-of-art facility will open this fall and a special ceremony took place in the West End neighborhood near Houston Street where the new building will be.

'I think for many of us its just hard to describe how special it is,' Holocaust survivor Paul Kessler said.

That's because The Holocaust Museum is the only one of its kind in North Texas. The new center will feature new video testimonies from survivors in our area, in-depth exhibits on other genocides and human rights and pivot to America."

Click here to see the entire news segment or watch the entire video below.

Live Feed of Topping Out Ceremony on June 13, 2018

Topping Out Ceremony for the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Live Feed from Facebook

An incredible moment in our Museum's history! The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s Topping Out Ceremony included remarks from Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO; Ron Steinhart, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign; Brad Brown, President, Austin Commercial; Thear Suzuki, Cambodian Survivor; and The Honorable Florence Donald Shapiro, Chairperson of the Board. Local Holocaust Survivors, Board Members, Survivors of Rwandan and Cambodian Genocides, and Museum members attended this momentous event.

Sam Mihara: Japanese American Internee

Speaker: Sam Mihara, Japanese American Internee
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.
At the Museum

In 1942, Sam Mihara and his family were forcibly removed from their home in San Francisco and sent to the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in northern Wyoming. Sam, who was a child at the time, was born in the United States. His family's only crime was their Japanese heritage. During their three years at Heart Mountain, Sam's entire family lived in a single room measuring 20 by 20 feet.

Join us as Sam tells his family's story and shares his dedication to preventing civil rights violations like these from ever happening again.

Free. RSVP required through Eventbrite.

Museum Statement on Flyers Circulated By The Greenville Avenue Church of Christ

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is concerned to learn of the “Dangerous Isms” flyer circulated by The Greenville Avenue Church of Christ. The flyer advertises a lecture series at the church this summer on these “dangerous isms,” such as "Alcoholism" and "Pessimism," but it also includes talks on “Judaism” and “Islamism.”

By teaching the history of the Holocaust, we help students and adults develop an understanding of the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society.

At the Museum, we teach students and teachers to stand up to this type of hurtful and discriminatory rhetoric. We encourage visitors to be “Upstanders,” to stand up for other people and their rights and to combat injustice, inequality, or unfairness. We invite the leadership of The Greenville Avenue Church of Christ and their members to tour our Museum—so that they too can learn to be Upstanders and become welcoming to all in our diverse and vibrant North Texas community.

Live Stream from Upstander Speaker Series Featuring Christian Picciolini

Upstander Speaker Series: Christian Picciolini
Live Stream from Communities Foundation of Texas
Filmed Thursday, May 3, 2018

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, TED Talk speaker, published author, reformed extremist, and a founder of Life After Hate, a nonprofit that helps people disengage from violent extremism. Most recently, Picciolini founded Free Radicals, a global organization that works with individuals and their families to separate them from hateful ideologies. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for his past.

Click here to watch the previously filmed live stream from the event.

Upstander Speaker Christian Picciolini on KERA THINK

As a teenager, Christian Picciolini joined a neo-Nazi group and charted a path for a life of violence and racism. He joined KERA THINK's Krys Boyd on Thursday, May 3, to talk about how a moment of racial violence shook him out of his ways, which he writes about in White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – and How I Got Out (Hachette Books).

Click here to hear the entire interview.

WFAA Channel 8's Monica Hernandez Interviews Upstander Speaker Christian Picciolini

WFAA Channel 8's Monica Hernandez sat down with Upstander Speaker, Christian Picciolini, to discuss his youth as a neo-Nazi, why he left the movement, and how he atones for his past.

Former neo-Nazi speaks on compassion, inclusion in Dallas
You'd never know it when you see him now. But Christian Picciolini was once the leader of a violent neo-Nazi skinhead group in Chicago.

Click here to watch the entire WFAA segment.

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

Click here

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

$500,000:
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

The death of three innocent people is utterly reprehensible.

MUSEUM’S STATEMENT AGAINST THE HATRED, BIGOTRY AND VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

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.

Tributes

THE TRIBUTE PROGRAM

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.

GIFTS IN CELEBRATION OF
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

GIFTS IN HONOR OF
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

GIFTS IN MEMORY OF

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 dallasholocaustmuseum.org or (Link https://41281dallasholocaustmuseum.thankyou4caring.org/DHMDonation Form click here.)

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 archives@dallasholocaustmuseum.org with details!

Photograph of Herta Traub’s 1936 wedding dress and Ketubah

Carol Pinker Family Collections. Accessions 2016.242 and 2017.11

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.