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Dallas Holocaust Museum is among the 15 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


DALLAS – February 24, 2016 – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is among the 15 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in the museum category. The Dallas Public Library is one of the 15 finalists in the Library category.

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story and learn more about how these institutions make an impact, please visit

“The 2016 National Medal finalists make lasting differences in their communities by serving and inspiring the public,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We proudly recognize these museums and libraries for their invaluable work to provide citizens with educational resources, 21st century skills and opportunities for lifelong learning. As key stewards of our nation’s future, we salute the finalists for their excellence in engaging our citizenry and expanding learning of all kinds.”

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit

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Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950

Rebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950, available for viewing from October 6 to December 31, 2016.The exhibit depicts an inspiring and untold chapter in Jewish history. It is the story of Jewish survivors liberated from Bergen-Belsen, who emerged from the destruction of the Holocaust determined to rebuild their lives. Over the next five years, Bergen-Belsen became the largest Displaced Persons camp in Germany, forming a vibrant center of rehabilitation, reconstruction, and rebirth.


Film Night: The Long Way Home

Film Screening: The Long Way Home
December 8, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.| At the Museum

In conjunction with our current special gallery exhibit, Rebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950, join us for a screening of The Long Way Home.

This Academy Award-winning documentary focuses on the critical post-war period from 1945 – 1948 and the plight of tens of thousands of Jewish survivors and refugees as they tried to reclaim their place in the world. Using rare archival footage and stills, news reels, and interviews, The Long Way Home depicts life in displaced persons camps, the revival of Jewish culture, and the struggle to establish a homeland.

Run Time: 120 minutes. Free. RSVP required at Eventbrite.

Texas Holocaust & Genocide Commission Liberator Project Needs Your Help

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is looking for Texans who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps, and they need your help! As their deadline to submit our growing list of liberators to Texas Tech University nears this month we are making one last push to collect information on as many Texan liberators as possible. Please visit the commission’s website at
Liberator Project
to learn how to input information directly on any Texan Liberator you may have information about.

We are expanding our archives and you can help

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has commenced the planning process for a greatly expanded permanent exhibit, to be part of a future, new home for the Museum.

We want our exhibit to reflect the experiences of Holocaust survivors, refugees, hidden children, and liberators in North Texas. Thus, we would like to invite you to join us in launching our artifact campaign before the exhibit is fully designed. Of particular interest are documents, photos, artifacts, diaries, travel papers, art, clothing, or almost anything related to: pre-war Jewish life, survival experiences, life in the ghettos, camps, and forests, anti-Semitism, life in the DP camps, post-war resettlement, immigration and the rebirth and continued vitality of Jewish life after the war.

In this campaign, Dr. Sara Abosch Jacobson, our Senior Director of Education, will be the contact person. Please direct any inquiries, questions, and possibilities for artifact donations to her at:
The list that follows contains examples of possible artifacts:
Pre-war life:
 Wedding contracts (ketubbot), Birth certificates, Smicha certificates
 Invitations to circumcisions, bar mitzvahs and weddings
 Hebrew textbooks, Jewish literature published in Hebrew or Yiddish
 Wedding canopies or talesim
 Posters for Jewish cultural events
 Objects related to holidays
 Chevra kadisha items
 Anti-Semitica
 School texts, report cards and diplomas
 Items related to occupations and professions
 Items related to communal and political organizations, such
as the Bund and Zionist organizations

Holocaust and WWII:
 Identification cards
 Programs and tickets from cultural events
 Deportation notices
 Kindertransport tags, tickets or diaries
 Stars and armbands
 Passports and documents marked with “J”
 Reflections of religious and cultural life and friendship and other objects made or used in ghettos and camps (musical instruments, ritual objects, scrapbooks, banners, diaries, newspapers, costumes, artwork, Bund, Zionist youth organization materials, etc.)
 Partisan related materials
 Objects, documents or postcards sent from ghettos
 Objects from the camps including uniforms and clothing, toys, kitchen utensils
 Artwork done by children in camps, ghettos, hiding or exile
 Materials relating to those who rescued, hid or saved Jews
 Materials relating to the G.I. European theatre experience
 Materials relating to the liberation of Holocaust victims

Survival and postwar resettlement in or emigration from Europe, and postwar cultural life:
 Objects from Displaced Persons camps
 Visas, immigration papers
 Items carried on board ships leaving Europe
 Items from Cyprus or otherwise reflecting immigration to Palestine
 Materials reflecting resettlement and the establishment of businesses
 Posters from cultural events
 Objects relating to resettlement in the DFW area and North Texas
 Items related to the recreation of postwar Jewish life (wedding invitations, marriage certificates, birth certificates)

Again, if you have any of the above items and would consider donating them to the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, please contact Dr. Sara Abosch Jacobson, Senior Director of Education, 214-741-7500, or via email at: Thank you for helping us to build for our collective future.


Upstander Speaker Series Sneak Peak at the 2017 slate


Upstander Speaker: George Takei | February 2, 2017 | Actor, Social Justice Activist, Social Media Influencer | Location SMU's McFarlin Auditorium | Check back for admission details.

George Takei has captivated audiences for decades with his acting talent as well as his charming and witty personality. Born in Los Angeles, California to Japanese American parents, Takei speaks openly about his childhood experiences during World War II. When he was five years old, Takei and his family were forced to relocate from their home to internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. His family returned to Los Angeles after the war. Breaking through racial barriers, Takei found success as an actor and reached peak science-fiction fandom for his iconic role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek television series and movies. Takei continues to act on stage and screen, and he fervently advocates for LGBTQ rights and fought for marriage equality in America.

Upstander Speaker: Dr. Mehnaz Afridi | May 10, 2017 | Director of Holocaust, Genocide and Inter Faith Center, Educator, Author| Location TBD
Dr. Afridi’s research aims to understand the relations between Muslims, Jews, and Christians and to promote an open interfaith dialogue between them. Raised in Western Europe and the Middle East, Dr. Afridi is a Muslim whose curiosity led her to question the reasons behind the racial and political tensions she witnessed between Jews and Muslims. Unfamiliar with the Holocaust, she studied under her professor during a teaching assistantship, and then delved further to learn about Judaism, the Holocaust, and the role of Muslims, Islamophobia and antisemitism. Her studies led her to Israel where she began interviewing Holocaust survivors to hear their stories and hardships. Dr. Afridi currently serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. Many of her publications focus on how her contemporaries expressed antisemitism. Her forthcoming book, Shoah Through Muslim Eyes, is based on her personal and academic journey into Judaism as a Muslim.

Upstander Speaker: Dr. Samantha Nutt | November 9, 2017 | Medical Doctor, Humanitarian, Author, Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA | Location TBD
As a recent medical-school graduate in 1995, Dr. Nutt found work as a field volunteer with UNICEF in Baidoa, Somalia, alias “city of death.” Impassioned and emboldened by what she witnessed there, Dr. Nutt began her lifetime career as an advocate for children’s and women’s rights in major war zones around the world. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria to Darfur, Sudan, Dr. Nutt has been on the frontlines of the world’s major conflict zones, and her work has helped thousands of children affected by war. Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book is a #1 bestseller. It combines original research with personal stories that span her career of hands-on care with children and families impacted by violence. She did this while founding the renowned global humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA. A leading authority on war, current affairs and international policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most fearless and recognized humanitarian speakers in the field.

Building a Foundation of Hope

Last week we announced our Capital Campaign to build a larger and state-of-the-art museum, with an expanded mission and scope--the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Our webpage that will share all of the updates on our progress will be live later today

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Dallas Holocaust Museum to Build New
State-of-the-Art Museum in Downtown Dallas

The Museum will have a new name—Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum—and an expanded mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference at a time when Texas leads the nation in the number of active hate groups.

The new 50,000-square-foot museum will accommodate more than 200,000 visitors a year, and more than quadruple its exhibition space.

DALLAS, Oct. 27, 2016—The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance today announced that it will build a new permanent home in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas.

The new museum will bear a new name – the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum – and an expanded mission. It will be built on property owned by the Museum near Houston Street and the DART Rail corridor on Pacific Avenue, presently a parking lot, diagonally across from the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

“At a time when Texas leads the nation in the number of active hate groups, and the Dallas community is still healing from the July 7th attack on local law enforcement officers, the most violent and hateful act against law enforcement officers since 9/11, we believe the mission of the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is more important than ever,” said Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins.

“The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will become an architectural icon in downtown Dallas, engaging 21st century audiences by dramatically expanding educational programming,” said Frank Risch, Campaign Co-chair. “The state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot museum will accommodate more than 200,000 visitors a year, half of whom will be school students. It will also more than quadruple its current exhibit space,” he said.

The new museum is being designed by Omniplan Architects and 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 D.C. Mall.

The new museum will be unique among the nation’s 21 Holocaust-related museums. In addition to a clear focus on the Holocaust, it will feature new exhibit galleries on human rights and American ideals. It will also feature modern, immersive and interactive content and technology along with an original boxcar used by the Nazis during the Holocaust to transport Jews and others. It will include a 250-seat theater, new classrooms, an expanded library and archive, modern technology throughout, additional staffing, and a special reflection and memorial area for visitors.

“We need a place that allows us to have a discussion about what human rights, diversity, and respect for others mean for our city today,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

The Museum has already raised two thirds of the funds it needs to start construction, which will take about two years to complete. More than $43 million has been raised of the $61 million budget. To raise additional funds, the Museum is launching the “Building a Foundation of Hope” capital campaign. Construction will begin as soon as remaining needed funds are raised, Higgins said.

“We have run out of space in our tiny current rented facility,” said Higgins. “We are limited in the number of visitors we can see at one time, and many schools and thousands of students are not able to visit as their class sizes are too large for our current museum. We have been forced to move many of our events to other venues. These are all wonderful problems to have, but we urgently have to address our community’s need for education surrounding the history of the Holocaust and its all too relevant lessons. This need has led our board to unanimously approve the ‘Building a Foundation of Hope’ capital campaign to create the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.”

Ann and Nate Levine, the new museum’s most generous donors, have stated that “Education is at the heart of everything the Museum does. Our goal is to change behavior by raising awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred, and injustice and what happens when people don’t stand up to threats against humanity.” The Levines also note that “the new museum will focus on Upstanders—those individuals who stand up to prejudice, hatred, and indifference—and whose efforts inspire us to make a difference in our community and world.”

The Museum recently commissioned an independent academic study to gauge the impact that a visit to the Museum has on students and educators. The results make very clear that student attitudes and tolerance levels are strongly impacted by Museum visits:
• Understanding that passive actions/bystander behavior have negative impacts increased by 56.8% for middle school and 31.1% for high school students
• Capacity to examine their own behaviors increased by 19.4% in middle school and 15.7% in high school students
• 83.3% of teachers said students are more willing to stand up for others
Roger Staubach, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, honoree of the Museum’s 2010 Hope for Humanity award dinner, and long-time Museum supporter, says “We need to take the next step for all the people of Dallas to be able to teach more teachers, to educate more students, and ultimately transform Dallas into a city of Upstanders. This new museum will continue to showcase Dallas as a beacon of hope for our nation and our world.”

The Museum has played an important role in the community for the past 32 years. The new museum, with its dramatically larger facilities and expanded educational and cultural programming, will galvanize North Texans to learn and understand the lessons of the Holocaust, thereby combating hatred and injustice.

The Museum is grateful for the following leadership gifts to the “Building a Foundation of Hope” campaign to create the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (as of print date):

Capital Campaign Donors Include:

$1,000,0000-$2,999,999: Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Family Foundation; Alon USA Energy, Inc.; Janet and Jeffrey Beck; The Brown Family; Cinemark; Cynthia and Robert Feldman; Funk Families; Estate of Lilian Furst; Glazer Family; Lisa and Neil Goldberg; Sherry and Kenny Goldberg; Dot and Basil Haymann; The Hirsch Family Foundation; Helen and Frank Risch; Simmons Sisters Fund; Donna and Herbert Weitzman; Peggy and Mark Zilbermann; $3,000,0000-$4,999,999: Carol and Steve Aaron; $10,000,000: Ann and Nate Levine.

To learn more about the “Building a Foundation of Hope” capital campaign, please contact Mary Pat Higgins at (214) 741-7500. For additional information about the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, please visit: (Please note that the New Building webpage will be available by the afternoon of 10.27.16).


About the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The Museum’s educational and cultural programs have a profound effect on people of all ages. In 2016, over 80,000 visitors will tour the Museum. Many write that their lives have been transformed by the experience. Our exhibits and programs convey the lessons of the Holocaust including the horrors brought on by unchecked discrimination and deep-rooted hatred which led to the attempted annihilation of the Jews and the systematic persecution of others. Visitors also learn about human and civil rights, their centrality to our democracy, and their vital importance in preventing events like those of the Holocaust from happening again.

The Museum is located at 211 N. Record Street, Dallas, Texas 75202. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit or call (214) 741-7500.

The Hope for Humanity dinner, honoring Nate Levine, 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, student programs, educator conferences and other community services events.

Hope for Humanity Dinner Oct. 26


The Hope for Humanity dinner, honoring Nate Levine, 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, student programs, educator conferences and other programs.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Fairmont Hotel in the Regency Ballroom.
Reception at 6:00 p.m. | Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

For details about table and ticket prices, and sponsorships contact or Click here.

Museum Closure

The Museum will be closed for Yom Kippur October 12th, 2016. We wish you and your family the very best. The Museum will reopen on Thursday, October 13th.

This multi-disciplinary program encourages positive classroom discussion on tolerance, perseverance and responsibility.

City-Wide Read and Performance, Dallas ISD


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The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) and Hold On To Your Music, is sponsoring the first-ever City-Wide Read and Performance this fall for approximately 12,500 fifth graders, as well as students from several of the city’s Jewish schools. Students will read The Children of Willesden Lane, a true story of inspiration and perseverance in a time of war, and attend a musical performance by the author, Grammy-nominated classical pianist Mona Golabek.

The Children of Willesden Lane tells the story of Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, a 14-year-old Jewish musical prodigy whose family sent her from her home in Vienna to England on the Kindertransport after the Nazi annexation of Austria. While in England, separated from her family, Lisa made her way to the Willesden Lane orphanage, where her dream to become a concert pianist was realized.

“This story is a stunning testament to the power of music to lift the human spirit and to grant the soul endurance, patience and peace,” said Dallas Holocaust Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins. “It’s especially timely in Dallas now, as we want to encourage positive classroom discussion on anti-discrimination and tolerance.”

The City-Wide Read and Performance for all Dallas ISD fifth graders and several Dallas Jewish schools includes:
• Personal copy of The Children of Willesden Lane (including Spanish Readers Digest)
• Attendance at a performance by Golabek at the Music Hall at Fair Park on November 14, 15 or 16
• Transportation to and from the venue
• Professional development for teachers and librarians on teaching Holocaust history and The Children of Willesden Lane
• Bilingual teacher resources and curriculum for English Language Arts, Reading, Performing Arts, Social Studies, Library and Media Studies

“The universality of this story reaches across all geographic, religious and ethnic divides and powerfully speaks to students,” said Vicente R. Reyes, Dallas ISD’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. “Through classroom curriculum, reading the book and attending a live performance, students will experience history, music, theater and a deeper understanding of acceptance, respect and most importantly, the resiliency of the human spirit.”

The City-Wide Read and Performance is funded by: the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas ISD, an anonymous donor, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Schultz family, the Center for Jewish Education, Humanities Texas, Aaron family, Funk family, Hogue family, Risch family, Folsom family, the Fruhman Foundation, Goldman family, Goldberg family, Levine family, Bauer family, Brown family and Greif family.

The Dallas Independent School District is continually preparing its more than 159,000 students for college or a career. The district offers a competitive mix of innovative programs, choice programs and instructional initiatives that support the increased academic achievement and socio-emotional development of its students. To learn more, visit

Mona Golabek was born in 1950 in [2] Los Angeles, the daughter of Lisa Jura, a concert pianist, and Michel Golabek.[3] Her mother Lisa was born in Austria, and was one of 10,000 Jewish children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport, a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis. Although Mona's mother was rescued, her maternal grandparents died at Auschwitz. She has appeared in concert with major orchestras and conductors around the world and in recitals at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and the Royal Festival Hall. She has one Grammy nomination and she was the subject of the PBS documentaries More Than the Music, winner of the Grand Prize in the 1985 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Concerto for Mona by William Kraft was dedicated to her.





Collection Highlights:

The Museum is in the process of refreshing a portion of the Warsaw Ghetto exhibit space. Updates will feature artifacts depicting aspects of pre-war European Jewish life as well as ghetto life.

One of the most interesting artifacts going on display is a wimpel--a swaddling cloth used to hold an 8 day old baby boy during his Brit Milah (circumcision). Subsequently, the cloth was cut into strips and stitched together into a long narrow sash used to bind the Torah after it was read from in the synagogue. The wimpel was embroidered or painted in Hebrew with the wish that the child learn Torah, be raised to do good deeds, and be brought to the chupah (marriage canopy). Often the cloth also contained a picture of a chupah and a Torah as part of its design. Our wimpel was donated by Fred Strauss.

Please read about Fred’s wimpel in his own words:

“A wimpel was used in German speaking areas. My wimpel was brought to America by my grandfather in March 1938, six months after we arrived here. Just before leaving Germany, my grandfather went to the synagogue to retrieve the wimpel. On Kristallnacht, later that year, the synagogue, along with many others in Germany, was torched. Torah scrolls and prayer books were dragged outside and set on fire. To the best of my knowledge my wimpel was the only survivor. The synagogue was located in Polch, Germany.”

Do you have artifacts depicting interesting aspects of pre-war Jewish life or life in the ghettos? Please contact Museum Archivist Felicia Williamson at 469-399-5220 or mail to:fwilliamson to discuss potential donation.

Docent Training Begins September 21

Become a Docent: Receive in-depth training in Holocaust and Museum history. Educate school groups and the public on the Holocaust. Teach new generations about becoming UPSTANDERS and join team of docents and Museum education staff to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. Classes start September 21. Apply by August 15 online at: Apply for Docent Training or click on the "Support" tab then click on "Volunteer"

Not able to participate in the fall, join us for the spring training.
Spring 2017
Application deadline: January 15, 2017
Training start date: February 22, 2017

Honors and Memorials

The Dallas Holocaust Museum Tribute Program allows donor to honor or memorialize a family member, friend or other loved one. Donations allow us to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and teach the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference. Below are the names of the donors who participated in the tribute program from July through December 2015 along with those they have chosen to recognize. The tributes are listed alphabetically by honoree.


Blake William Birnbrey’s birth, grandson of Sherry and Kenny Goldberg from Regional Hillel of North Texas
Asher Chamoy's Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Stacybeth Cohen's Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Eliana Lazarow's Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Abby Meyers' Bat Mitzvah from Terry and Mike Triedman, and Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Jennifer Mitchell's Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Ryan Newman's Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Max Rathfeder’s birth, grandson of Barbara and Stan Rabin from Renee Lubin
in honor of Jolene Risch's birthday from Aaron Minsky
Daphne and David Sydney's anniversary from Julie and David Fields
Joanne and Charles Teichman's anniversary from Julie and David Fields
Carter Weinstein's Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal

Mary Pat Higgins and Museum Staff from Jason Lalonde and Warren Winkelman
Paul Kessler from Stephen Kaye, and People’s Bible Class at UCC
Bobbi & Richard Massman from Charlotte Schuman
Dr. Jimmy Reisman from Ellen Feibel
Frank & Helen Risch from Ruth Vernet
Fred Strauss from Karen and Andy Cohen
Joanne & Charles Teichman from Carol Marvin
Daniel and Margaret, Michael, Kathleen from Daniel Flax


Daniel Blake Anderson from William Burns, Susan and Alan Klein, and Natalie and Lawrence Rosenbloom
Pam Barnes from Thomas Perryman
Marilyn Pear Cooper from Joanne & Charles Teichman
Rose Gelderman from Nola Gold
mother of Lauren Goldberg from Susan and Alan Klein
Julian Gollay from Daniel Flax
Don Golman from Susan and Alan Klein
Lois Gordon from Lois Gordon Endowment Fund
Emma Joisin from Carol and Steve Aaron, Lisa and Jim Albert, Lindsay Applebaum, Eugene Bock, Candy and Ike Brown, Carol Gene and Howard Cohen, Sherrie and Alan Eisenman, Marsha and Nathan Feldman, Judy Foxman, Shirlie Frauman, Linda and David Garner, Courtney Goldberg, Susan and Martin Golman, Cindy and Alan Golman, Marlene Gorin, Bonnie and Michael Grossfeld, Liz and Thomas Halsey,Ynette and Jim Hogue, Lori and Randall Isenberg, Pearlie and Julius Leshin, Wendy and Stephen Lieman, Debbie and Alan Postel, Rita and Mitchell Rasansky, Helen and Frank Risch, Beverly and Cary Rossel, Devorah Rubin, Reginald Sandoval, Celia and Larry Schoenbrun, Florence and Howard Shapiro, Karen and Martin Sosland, Phyllis and Ronald Steinhart, Joanne and Charles Teichman, Kelly and Jacob Unger, Leona and Leon Veeder, Jackie and Steve Waldman, Judy and Bob Yonack, Ethel Zale
Renate Kahn from Patricia and Joseph Coats, Ynette and Jim Hogue, Marianne McCall, Jane Winer and Monty Strauss, Carol and Peter Winston, and Karen Rosensteel
Sheri Rosenberg Kanter from Susan and Alan Klein
Helen Neuberg from Gayle Hoffer
Jeffrey Phillips from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Aaron Prengler from Forest on the Creek HOA
mother of Carol Rashbaum from Susan and Alan Klein
father of Kerri Rossel from Susan and Alan Klein
Anita Sherman from Susan and Alan Klein
Roger Stanley from Joanne & Charles Teichman
Phillip Strull from Mary and Barry Rothschild
Maliette Wolens from Diane and Mark Fleschler, Ynette and Jim Hogue, Vincent Sorello, Sarah Yarrin and Jack Repp, Jackie and Steve Waldman, Anita and Todd Chanon, and Carol Gene and Howard Cohen
my dad and brother from Patty Traub

To make a tribute gift, please call 214 741-7500 or visit

From the President/CEO

screen-shot-2015-02-01-at-12.36.31-pm Earlier this year, The Dallas Morning News reported on the preliminary plans of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance to construct a new, expanded facility in the historic West End of downtown Dallas. The new building will allow us to expand the teaching of the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference using the Holocaust as a cornerstone of that teaching along with other genocides and issues addressing inhumanity and human rights.

It is somewhat fitting that the Dallas Morning News article appeared online Monday, January 12, the same day France - following the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket killings - deployed 10,000 troops across the country to protect sensitive sites such as France's 717 Jewish schools. The world still has a long way to go to overcome intolerance.

These despicable acts are examples of the atrocities taking place on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we will likely continue to see headlines in the coming months of other acts just as hideous. Now, more than ever, we need to come together as human beings to stem the tide of violence and interest in hate groups, prejudice, and intolerance for other viewpoints, especially in social media, right here, at home.

In the two years that I have served as president and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I have seen thousands of people of all ages, religions, genders and walks of life enter our Museum doors and experience the horror and devastation of the Holocaust. I have watched them struggle to comprehend the inhumanity of the Holocaust and then realize that people just like them turned a blind eye to the suffering of those around them. They consider what their own actions might have been and realize there are very real consequences for their choices. I am convinced that the lessons learned from the Holocaust can change the way people think and treat others.

Watching our visitors gives me hope...

... Hope that our mission will challenge and encourage people to stand up to hatred, prejudice and indifference, rather than be bystanders, who choose not to respond.

... Hope that they comprehend the fact that experiencing a multiplicity of views and opinions enriches our lives.

... Hope that by learning about the Holocaust, other genocides, and painful paths to civil and human rights, they understand how tragedies of the past affect real lives today and that their choices can help prevent these catastrophic events in the future.

... Hope that all who pass through our doors will look inward, realize their own prejudices, and open their hearts and minds to tolerance and acceptance.

It is with my—and the entire Museum staff’s—continued hope for humanity, that I dedicate this issue of The Upstander to explore current opinions on anti-Semitism and racism.

Mary Pat Higgins is president and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance

Racism and its Implications

screen-shot-2015-02-01-at-12.47.09-pm It is difficult to ignore the widely reported news coverage of violent acts of racism and the numerous racist comments made by high profile figures in the United States over the past several months. Given recent events in Ferguson, MO, and New York City, an exploration of views on race and racism seems in order.

Intentionally, we’ve included differing opinions from Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology, Duke University, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute, and Dr. Rodney Coates, Professor of Sociology, Miami University of Ohio. These three have written and spoken extensively on race and its implications for American society and offer differing

From the Writings of Professor of Sociology, Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University

“...there is a form of “new racism,” insists Dr. Bonilla-Silva. “Racism in the 21st century is of a more hidden and difficult-to-detect variety than the outright version utilized prior to and during the civil rights movement.

In White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism, published in 2003, Bonilla-Silva wrote, “Despite real progress that the abolition of most of the formal, overt, and humiliating practices associated with Jim Crow represented, this did not mean the end of practices to reproduce racial hierarchy. Instead, new racism practices have replaced Jim Crow ones in all areas of life.

...the way in which racial inequality is reproduced in this area is vastly different from how it was reproduced in the past. For instance, residential segregation today, which is almost as high as it was forty years ago (Lewis Mumford Center 2001; Yinger 1995), is no longer accomplished through clearly discriminatory practices, such as real-estate agents employing outright refusal or subterfuge to avoid renting or selling to minority customers, federal government redlining policies, antiminority insurance and lending practices, and racially restrictive covenants on housing deeds (Massey and Denton 1993). In contrast, in the face of equal housing laws and other civil rights legislation, covert behaviors and strategies have largely replaced Jim Crow practices and have maintained the same outcome—separate communities.

A number of researchers have documented the manifold subtle yet systematic ways in which racial privilege is reproduced in the United States (Feagin 2000; R. C. Smith 1995). I have labeled this new, kinder and gentler, white supremacy as the “new racism” and have argued that it is the main force behind contemporary racial inequality (Bonilla-Silva 2001; Bonilla-Silva and Lewis 1999).

Although the “new racism” seems to be racism lite, it is as effective as slavery and Jim Crow in maintaining the racial status quo. The central elements of this new structure are: (1) the increasingly covert nature of racial discourse and practices; (2) the avoidance of racial terminology and the ever-growing claim by whites that they experience “reverse racism”; (3) the invisibility of most mechanisms to reproduce racial inequality; (4) the incorporation of “safe minorities” to signify the non-racialism of the polity (e.g. Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, or Colin Powell) to dignify the nonracialism of the polity; and (5) the re- articulation of some racial practices characteristic of the Jim Crow period of race relations.” Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is author of Racist Racism, and co-author of Anything but Racism: How Social Analysts Limit the Significance of Race (with Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Hayward Horton) and White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology.

From a conversation with Professor of Sociology, Dr. Rodney Coates, Miami University of Ohio

Dr. Coates refers to the term “covert racism” when referring to the concept Bonilla-Silva has called "new racism.” Coates says, "Covert and overt racism have co-existed throughout U.S. history. As a people, we've spent most of our time concentrating on the most obvious forms of racism and now that those forms have been eliminated, the less obvious forms appear to be most salient. But the reality is that prior to 1960, overt ‘in your face’ racism existed in the South and a more covert subdued racism existed in the North. The civil rights/apartheid-like structures such as lack of voter rights and literacy tests, so prevalent in the South garnered all of our attention. These de jure forms of racism were quite apparent. But the less obvious, the de facto forms of racism were all but ignored. These de facto forms of racism operated outside of the law, nevertheless, served to curtail the life chances of those trapped within its tentacles.

After Obama was elected president gun sales went up 35%. In many ways, the election of the first black president challenges the core of race and racist structures. Many of the attacks against Obama have reflected this, for example the blatant hostile attacks on the president of which an example is GOP Republican Congressman, Joe Wilson, who stood up during a state of the union address and yelled "lie". President Obama has experienced a kind of abuse of office not before seen in our country. It raises interesting questions about why now and why this. I believe it points to these more covert, less obvious forms of racism.

The targets of racist hostility have historically been black youths, particularly young black men. These were the ones most likely to be whipped as slaves, lynched (and coincidentally few of these murders were ever punished), and more recently targeted with more aggressive policing, racial profiling and increased incarceration. This long standing reality forces us to now question and even protest what appears to be a coordinated assault against young black males by police across this country. Today, young black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than white males. Imagine if this fact were different; imagine if instead of young, black males were talking about young, white females being shot by black police. Another element of covert racism is “plausible deniability”. Why of course, these black males represented a threat and the police were only acting in their own self –defense. Again, the black community and communities across this country say –Hell no, never again.”

Excerpts from Dr. Thomas Sowell’s Race, Culture, and Equality

Nothing has been more common in human history than discrimination against different groups, whether different by race, religion, caste or in innumerable other ways. Moreover, this discrimination has itself been unequal--more fierce against some groups than others and more pervasive at some periods of history than in others. If there were not so many other powerful factors creating disparities in income and wealth, it might be possible to measure the degree of discrimination by the degree of differences in economic outcomes. Even so, the temptation to do so is seductive, especially as a means of reducing the complexities of life to the simplicities of politics. But the facts will not fit that vision.

Anyone familiar with the history of race relations in the Western Hemisphere would find it virtually impossible to deny that blacks in the United States have faced more hostility and discrimination than blacks in Latin America. As just one example, 161 blacks were lynched in one year in the United States, but racial lynching was unknown south of the Rio Grande.

Perhaps [the strongest] case against the predominance of discrimination as an explanation of economic disparities would be a comparison of blacks in Haiti with blacks in the United States. Since Haiti became independent two centuries ago, Haitian blacks should be the most prosperous blacks in the hemisphere and American blacks the poorest, if discrimination is the overwhelming factor, but in fact the direct opposite is the case. It is Haitians who are the poorest and American blacks who are the most prosperous in the hemisphere--and in the world.

None of this should be surprising. The fact that discrimination deserves moral condemnation does not automatically make it causally crucial. Whether it is or is not in a given time and place is an empirical question, not a foregone conclusion. A confusion of morality with causation may be politically convenient but that does not make the two things one.