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Dear Fellow Supporters,

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has played an important role in our community for the past 32 years. Originally named the Holocaust Memorial Center and located on the ground floor of the Jewish Community Center, our mission was to keep alive the memory of those lost in the Holocaust. Today, our mission has expanded to include teaching the history of the Holocaust, and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

The Museum is currently in a rental location and no longer able to meet the demand of 80,000+ annual visitors from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Because of these severe space constraints, our board has launched a campaign to build a state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot permanent home in the historic West End, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. This new Museum, with its dramatically larger facilities and expanded educational and
cultural programming, will galvanize the North Texas community to learn the lessons of the Holocaust to combat hatred and injustice.

Today we are at a crossroads. Thank you for helping us take the next step in our journey to be able to teach more teachers, educate more students, and ultimately transform Dallas into a city of Upstanders.

With great appreciation,
Campaign Cabinet Members of the "Building a Foundation of Hope” Campaign:
Co-chairs

Rebecca Fletcher Frank Risch Ron Steinhart

Members: Kenny Goldberg, Tom Halsey, Jim Hogue, Hylton Jonas, Stan Rabin, Larry Schoenbrun, Florence Shapiro, and Steve Waldman.
October 2016

Filming the Camps, From Hollywood to Nuremberg

Filming the Camps, From Hollywood to Nuremberg

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Viewable, February 16 - August 3, 2017.
The Nuremberg Trials in 1945 used an unprecedented form of evidence—film of the war and the liberation of concentration camps. The raw footage compiled into a documentary titled Nazi Concentration Camps, became crucial evidence, presenting the crimes the Nazis committed in an unflinching and authentic format to the court.

The exhibit, opening February 16, 2017, features the work of three filmmakers: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens. It explores the filmmakers’ experiences during and after World War II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities, and the impact the war had on their careers.

John Ford, director of films such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, and The Quiet Man, commanded the Field Photographic Branch and made propaganda films for the U.S. Navy Department. He won back-to-back Academy Awards during this time for his documentaries, The Battle of Midway and December 7th.

George Stevens, known before the war for light-hearted musicals featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and headed a film unit under General Eisenhower. His unit shot footage documenting D-Day, the liberation of Paris, and horrific scenes of the infamous Dachau concentration camp. Following the war, Stevens’ films gravitated toward more serious subjects. He went on to direct the Academy-Award winning films Shane, Giant, and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Samuel Fuller served as a soldier in the 1st Infantry Division, nicknamed “The Big Red One.” He captured footage of the liberation of Falkenau, a sub-camp of the Flossenbürg concentration camp, under the orders of his captain with a camera Fuller’s mother sent him. After the war, Fuller directed many films including The Big Red One, based on his wartime experiences.

In 1945, Ford created a documentary of the war incorporating Stevens’ images of Dachau. The film, shown first to American audiences, was evidence of Nazi crimes at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Ford also documented the Nuremberg Trials.

The exhibition contains film and photographs of World War II as well as clips from the filmmakers’ pre-war careers.

The exhibition, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.

This presentation is sponsored by Visit Dallas, Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF, and is on view at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance February 16—August 3, 2017.

Special Fundraiser

Wiesenthal - Opening Night Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre,

6 p.m. Cocktails | 7 p.m. Performance
In partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas
Holocaust Museum presents Opening Night of Wiesenthal. Filled
with hope, humanity, and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story
of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre,
2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

For ticket information for this Spring fundraiser event, email
Events@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org or call 469-399-5202.
Performance Details:
This play, starring Tom Dugan, is presented in partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center. For ticket information for this Spring fundraiser event, email Events@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org or call 469-399-5202.

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

One Day During the Holocaust

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

Upstander Speaker Series 2017

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

In October of 2016, 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.
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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.

PRESS RELEASE
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: DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.

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 DallasHolocaustMuseum.org or call (214) 741-7500.

Film Screening: Sunday, March 26. 2 p.m. @ Museum December 7th (Pearl Harbor)

Film Screening: December 7th
Sunday, March 26, 2017 | at the Museum, 2:00 p.m.
As a follow-up to our screening of They Were Expendable, we will
feature John Ford’s Academy Award-winning propaganda film,
December 7th. Parts of the original film were considered unpatriotic
and edited out; we will show the original, uncensored version.
Free, RSVP required through Eventbrite.