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Anne Frank: A History for Today

Anne Frank was one of more than a million Jewish children murdered during the Holocaust. Her diary gives us insight into her thoughts. This exhibit gives us insight into the family and world events that shaped her life. January 9 to May 31, 2016.

Anne lived for nearly two years in a secret annex in Amsterdam, hiding from the Nazis. She kept a diary in which she recorded her fears, dreams and experiences. Anne's diary, published after her untimely death, is one of the most widely read books after the Bible. Her story has inspired countless children worldwide and is available in 67 languages.

Anne Frank: A History for Today takes you beyond the pages of her diary by providing a wide perspective on the Holocaust, human rights, the Nazis, and the Frank family’s experiences in hiding.

The exhibit is in Spanish and English.

Spring Break Events: March 7 through 25; Explore and learn with family-friendly activities throughout Spring Break!
Theater Performances: March 18 & 19, 2016 at Museum; Conversations with Anne.
Two live performances each day at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Exhibit Sponsors: Clampitt Paper, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Catholic Foundation.

Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center USA.

Image © AFF Basel / AFS Amsterdam

The First-Ever Annual Open House for Members

February 25, 2016 at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. This event is for members only. Members of the Museum will enjoy a special insider's perspective of the Museum's core exhibit and the Anne Frank: A History of Today exhibit. They'll also get a sneak peek into the Museum's archives. Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; Remarks and Program at 6:00 p.m. and Self-guided tours of the Museum at 6:30 p.m.

Upstander Speaker Series, the first of three for 2016

Asylum seekers: religious, racial and political persecution featuring Betsy Healy & Bill Holston.

March 10, 2016; 6:30 at the Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas.
This is the first of three Upstander Speaker events for the year. The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) of North Texas provides legal and support services to legal immigrants and those already here in the United States seeking refugee status who have suffered human rights abuses. Many clients have fled religious, racial, or political persecution. The HRI also offers assistance to victims of human trafficking, domestic abuse and neglect through their Women and Children’s Program.

Attorney Elizabeth “Betsy” Healy was a co-founder and driving force behind the creation of the Human Rights Initiative in 1999. She also served as its Executive Director until 2005. Under her guidance hundreds of legal professionals have been trained to assist the HRI in its vital work.

Bill Holston, HRI’s current Executive Director, has a long history assisting those seeking religious and political asylum, including providing pro-bono assistance at HRI since its founding. In 2005, Holston was awarded HRI’s Angel of Freedom Award in honor of his commitment to providing free legal service to clients in need. Since 1987, Holston has provided pro bono legal representation to clients from 20 countries in Immigration Court. Holston has also written editorials on human rights issues for The Dallas Morning News and KERA.

HRI is dedicated to human rights work and continues to attract and recruit talented lawyers who are passionate about the HRI’s mission. HRI’s clients are international and domestic survivors of human rights abuses. They may come from different backgrounds and situations, but all are forced to decide whether they should flee, with little set aside to begin a new life, or stay and face violence, imprisonment or death.

Holston and Healy’s work at HRI exemplifies the qualities of an Upstander. They do not stand by while others suffer human rights abuses.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite

Become a Museum Member and get Free Admissions and More

As a member, your support tells the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community that you believe we can move beyond prejudice and hatred, and toward tolerance and hope. Join today and you could get free parking in the Museum lot, free admissions to events, an Upstander wrist band and more.

Dallas Holocaust Museum reaches historic milestone – more than 1,000 members!


In November, the Museum broke its membership record by bringing on more than 1,000 members. The Museum is honored by this show of support from the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community.

By becoming a member of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, you help broaden our reach and amplify our voice with the message of tolerance and the life-changing lessons of the Holocaust as they apply to today’s world.

The foundation and future of the Dallas Holocaust Museum is built on the support of our members. Memberships help the Museum preserve the memory of the Holocaust and teach the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference.

Your support helps fund:
- Permanent and special exhibits with docent and audio-guided tours
- School tours for grades 5-12
- College Nights
- Holocaust and human rights teacher workshops
- Lectures by survivors
- Curriculum trunks loaned to teachers for classroom use
- Artifacts and research library, including recorded testimony of survivors
- Subsidized school field trips for economically disadvantaged schools
- Programs, lectures, and films
- Holocaust survivor transportation and social activities

Members have access to engaging programs, special exhibits and invitations to special events, year-round.
- $30 Individual
- $50 Dual
- $100 Family
- $250 Friends and Family $500 Partner

Circle of Remembrance memberships start at $1,000. Joining the Museum shows that you believe we can move beyond prejudice and hatred, and toward tolerance and hope.

You may join online at or call Deanne McElroy at 469.399.5210.

Foundations Make it Possible for Students to Visit the Museum in 2016

mavsA first-time grant from the Dallas Mavericks Foundation was awarded to the Museum providing complimentary transportation and Museum admission to economically disadvantaged students throughout the year.

tcfThe Catholic Foundation is also providing complimentary transportation and admission to local Catholic school students to visit the upcoming special exhibit “Anne Frank: A History for Today.”

“Anne Frank: A History for Today” provides a glimpse into the lives of Anne Frank and her family set against the backdrop of world events surrounding the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. The exhibit includes photographs of the Frank Family and other residents of the Secret Annex along with quotes from her diary and an explanation of the history and culture of the time. The exhibits urges visitors to consider the effects of prejudice, hatred and violence and genocide on our world.

The Anne Frank exhibit will run from January 5 to May 31, 2016.

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

In October, Matthew Nelson, Vice President of SMU's Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, contacted the Museum to become a philanthropic partner. The fraternity will work alongside the Museum on fundraising events and community awareness of the Museum’s mission. AEPi is the largest Jewish fraternity in the country, and the Tau Chi chapter is the first Jewish fraternity at Southern Methodist University. “One of our founding principles and goals was to strengthen the Jewish community on SMU's campus and in Dallas, while educating and connecting the entire community. Our partnership with the Dallas Holocaust Museum is a unification of Jewish heritage for the past, present and future,” said Mr. Nelson.

Meet the Author

mkm On November 10, Helen and Frank Risch opened their beautiful home to host “Meet the Author”, an evening featuring Melanie Kuhr Murphy and her book Das Haus In East Berlin. A Q & A session was moderated by Jolene Risch, and guests heard Melanie’s true story of a Jewish family (her grandparents and mother) and a Nazi family working together to reclaim their family house. Perhaps the best part of the story is how the book came to be and the journey of hope and respect that followed. Melanie, a resident of Plano and co-owner of Signature Millwork, joked that she is now a CEO and “accidental” author.

As the fifty guests mingled and learned more about the Museum, Jolene Risch reflected, “The mission of the Holocaust Museum is to teach tolerance and combat prejudice despite the vast differences that can exist between people. Das Haus in East Berlin is the perfect illustration of two people coming together with a shared goal despite their different personal experiences of the same horrific event.” Copies of Das Haus in East Berlin are available in the Museum store. A portion of book sales will be donated to the Museum.

Conversation with the CEO

mph_cd.png Clint David, Managing Partner of the Dallas office of Fox Rothschild, hosted the Museum’s inaugural “Conversation with the CEO” event on Thursday, October 22, in the Fox Rothschild offices. CEO Mary Pat Higgins discussed the exciting plans for the new Museum and its progress. She also shared her thoughts on how to more closely connect the citizens of Dallas with the Museum and how the Museum’s work has the power to change attitudes in our community. “It was my honor and pleasure to host and sponsor “Cocktails and Conversation” with Mary Pat,” said Mr. David.

“We came in together as freshman serving on the Board of Directors of the Museum. As we all know, she has since gone ‘supersonic’ and is a tremendous asset to the Museum. We are extremely fortunate to have her as our President and CEO.”

Bloomberg Grant

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Receives Bloomberg Grant
Museum selected for invitation-only Arts and Innovation Management grant program

DALLAS – June 2015 – The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance was recently chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies as a recipient of its Arts and Innovation Management (AIM) grant. As an unrestricted grant, the Museum can use the funds at its discretion to fulfill its greatest needs.

“We are grateful to have been invited to participate in this exciting program and selected as a recipient of the AIM grant,” Mary Pat Higgins, the Museum’s CEO said. “It will help us continue to expand our reach, engage new audiences and better teach our community the moral and ethical responses to prejudice.”

As a two-year program, the grant provides $100,000 to the Museum in the first year, with the possibility to provide an additional $100,000 the following year upon completion of the AIM program requirements. As a grantee organization, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will participate in the comprehensive AIM Training Program developed by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, an institute designed to support a broad spectrum of arts organizations. The training program seeks to advance various elements of the Museum, such as fundraising and board development, as well as marketing, artistic and strategic planning.

In addition to participating in the AIM Training Program, the grant requires the grantee organization to secure matching funds equivalent to 20 percent of the annual grant sum, reach 100 percent board member participation in fund raising and sustain up-to-date records in the Cultural Data Project (CDP), an online tool that enables organizations to efficiently keep track of and utilize its data.

The AIM Program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative, was originally piloted in New York City and has since expanded to provide funding to small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations in Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit. Organizations within these six cities were invited to apply for the grant.

The Museum will take part in the first seminar included in the AIM Training Program, “The Cycle and Artistic Planning,” on June 24.

About the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity. The Museum’s education programs have had a profound effect on people of all ages. In 2014, 65,031 visitors toured the Museum and many wrote, emailed or posted notes that their lives had been transformed by the experience. Through its exhibits and programs, they learn about the humiliating discrimination, deep-rooted hatred and the near annihilation of the Jewish people and the systematic enslavement of others. The Museum is located at 211 N. Record Street, Dallas, Texas 75202. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call (214) 741-7500.

About the DeVos Institute of Arts Management
The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries since Michael M. Kaiser founded it during his tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums and galleries, arts schools and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas, to name a few. The DeVos Institute transferred its activities and offices from the Kennedy Center to the University of Maryland in September 2014. The move enables the Institute to expand its global training and consulting programs, enhance its fellowships for North American and international arts managers within the context of a major educational institution, and create a Master’s program that leverages both University and Institute resources.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.


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.

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

Gwen Edelman, author of the Train to Warsaw is Coming to Dallas December 17, 2015, 12 noon

Gwen Edelman, author of the Train to Warsaw is the special guest of the iREAD Book Club on December 17, 2015, at 12 noon at the Museum.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015 | 12 noon
This is a member-only event. There is no charge to attend.

Also on Dec. 17, 2015, Ms. Edelman will speak at Learning Fest in the Mankoff Center for Jewish Learning at the Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. The reception and book signing is at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

TI Grant Press Release

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Receives Texas Instruments Grant
Museum selected for grant to enhance Dallas-area arts and culture scene

DALLAS – October 19, 2015 – The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is one of 15 recipients of a Texas Instruments Foundation Arts Grant of $15,000. The Museum plans to use the funds to continue to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, and to teach the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the Texas Instrument Foundation Arts Grant. I am pleased that the history we teach to engage people—particularly young people—in conversations that lead to moral and ethical choices is valued", Mary Pat Higgins, the Museum's President and CEO said. "Donations such as this make it possible for us to carry out our mission of educating others to recognize the signs of hatred and genocide, and promote tolerance, acceptance and respect."

Founded in 1964, the Texas Instruments Foundation is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where Texas Instruments (TI) operates. While its primary focus is on providing knowledge, skills, and programs to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education, the Texas Instruments Foundation also invests in arts and culture and in health and human services programs that meet the greatest community needs.

“Dallas has a thriving and growing arts and culture scene, which is increasingly being noticed nationally and internationally, making our community a more vibrant place to live and work,” said Andy Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Instruments Foundation. “We are pleased to support these great institutions.”

This year’s arts grant, totaling $1.6 million in contributions, went to many Dallas organizations. These organizations include: the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico; Business Council for the Arts; Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society; Dallas Black Dance Theatre; Dallas Children’s Theater; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Opera; Dallas Summer Musicals; Dallas Symphony Association; Dallas Theater Center; Dallas Zoological Society; Nasher Sculpture Center; North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA); and the Turtle Creek Chorale.###

About the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity. The Museum’s education programs have had a profound effect on people of all ages. In 2014, 65,031 visitors toured the Museum and many wrote, emailed or posted notes that their lives had been transformed by the experience. Through its exhibits and programs, they learn about the humiliating discrimination, deep-rooted hatred and the near annihilation of the Jewish people and the systematic enslavement of others. The Museum is located at 211 N. Record Street, Dallas, Texas 75202. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call (214) 741-7500.

About Texas Instruments Foundation
The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where Texas Instruments operates. While its primary focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve science, technology, engineering and math education, the Texas Instruments Foundation also invests in arts and culture and in health and human services programs that meet the greatest community needs.

A Turkish Student, a Holocaust Survivor, and Israel


On November 11, 2011, Gülin "Eva" Geloğulları met Paul Kessler at the Corner Bakery in the West End District of downtown Dallas.

They were complete strangers who struck up a conversation over their identical menu choices. Paul is Jewish and a Holocaust survivor from Slovakia; Eva was raised in the Muslim religion, and is from Turkey. There are years between their ages. Yet, this chance meeting led to a conversation that has lasted four years.

Eva was taking classes at El Centro Community College to improve her English. She was studying philosophy and religion hoping to understand, “why people cause violence through religion.” Paul Kessler was struggling with the news coming out of Israel and was surprised to meet someone so open minded and devoid of judgment about others. He said, “Her perspective seemed unusual for people from her part of the world. It was refreshing.” He encouraged her to visit the Museum, which she did.

She heard Paul tell his story of survival to schoolchildren, and she heard him reiterate the lessons of the Holocaust--the potential impact of hatred and prejudice.

Over the next four years, they stayed in touch via the internet. He’d send articles about the Holocaust, Israel or other trending news. She published a near daily journalistic blog. She minored in both women's and gender studies, and merchandising as part of her master's degree. She wrote her
Master’s thesis on fashion and film. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in 2015.

Early on she sent an email to Paul asking his opinion on her applying to receive a Rotary Global Grant to study abroad. She said that if she got the grant, she would apply to Tel Aviv University in Israel and earn a second Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Paul said, “Of course you should. I will even write you a letter of recommendation.”

Eva won the $30,500 grant and arrived in Israel on October 9, 2015. She’s a little homesick for Dallas.

“I met my soul in Israel. Israel was my soul. I love its chaos, yet many are willing to make it better and peaceful."
Read Eva’s blog at:

2015 Hope For Humanity Award Dinner


The Hope for Humanity Award dinner is the Museum’s primary annual fundraising event during which an outstanding member of the Dallas community is honored for his/her role as a leader and Upstander. This year’s event set a new attendance record of over 980 guests and raised over $900,000. The Museum sincerely wishes to thank its gracious Dinner Chairs Florence and Howard Shapiro and Abby and Todd Williams, as well as the Underwriting Committee and our generous sponsors for helping the Museum meet and exceed its fundraising goal.

Many thanks to the Honorary Chairs:
CIC Partners/Dee Ann and Marshall Payne
Sally and Thomas Dunning
Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt
Jennifer and Thomas Karol
The Honorable Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk
The Honorable Tom and Laura Leppert
Debra and Clint McDonnough
Sammye and Mike A. Myers
Barbara and Stan Rabin
Nicole and Justin Small
Marianne and Roger Staubach
Senator Royce West and Mrs. Carol West

The 2015 Hope for Humanity Award dinner honored one of Dallas’ greatest Upstanders, its beloved Mayor Mike Rawlings. Mayor Rawlings arrived in Dallas in 1976 and worked his way from an entry-level position to the CEO of Tracy-Locke, then the largest advertising agency in the South. As a two-term Mayor of Dallas, he launched GrowSouth, a comprehensive strategy that has become a catalyst for new economic investment, job creation and public-private partnerships. Since that time, Mayor Rawlings has tirelessly championed for academic excellence in the Dallas ISD and has been an ardent supporter of the City’s arts and culture. The Museum was honored to present the Hope for Humanity Award to Mayor Rawlings and to thank him for his outstanding leadership and integrity.

Following a lively evening of cocktails, dinner and inspirational video tributes about the Museum's impact on children and a glimpse at the new building, Mayor Rawlings said, “I firmly believe the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance” plays an important role in strengthening our community and teaching its citizens the need to stand up to prejudice and hatred, a message that couldn’t be more timely.”

If you want to hear a portion of Mayor Rawlings remarks click here:
If you would like to make a donation to honor Mayor Rawlings and support the Museum, please visit the website at

From Mary Pat Higgins, President and CEO

mph “83.3% of teachers said students are more willing to stand up for others.”

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends of the Museum,

Winter is officially here. En masse, school groups are coming to tour the Museum. Now is a good time to talk about whether we are sparking change in the students’ lives. For years, we collected highly positive anecdotal feedback, cards and letters from students, registry book comments, and teacher’s opinions.

This year, we commissioned Qualitative Research Evaluation and Measurement (QREM) to conduct interviews and surveys and to collect observational data to determine how students were impacted by a visit to the Museum regarding knowledge gained, general attitudes regarding the students’ sense-of-self in society, and students’ behaviors. The QREM Impacts Evaluation Report clearly finds that the Museum “has both immediate and long-term impacts on youth.”

Specifically, after touring the Museum, “students demonstrated increased awareness of the scope and magnitude of the Holocaust and their attitudes regarding oppression and tolerance of different peoples improved.” Based on this study, students indicated positive behavioral changes associated with their perspectives of being a bystander, their responsibilities to society and their sense of what is right compared to what is legal.

We now have short and long term awareness benchmarks for attitudinal and behavioral outcomes from which to gauge our progress going forward. Most importantly, we now have more concrete data to support what we hear from our anecdotal feedback.

The Museum is currently unable to meet the demand for its services. It is not large enough to accommodate the number of requests for school visits. In order to engage more people—particularly young people—in conversations that lead to moral and ethical choices benefiting our society, the Museum must expand its facility and increase its operating resources.

Mary Pat Higgins

For information about QREM visit

The Confederate Flag: A Symbol That Inspired Hatred and Elicited Fear

confederate-flagThe Confederate flag has long been a symbol that inspired hatred and elicited fear.

2015 has been a controversial year for the Confederate flag. After a man charged with the June massacre at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. appeared in photos with a Confederate flag, much of the nation cried out. Supporters demanded that display of the Confederate flag cease.

South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds on July 10, ending its 54-year presence at the Capital. Retail giant Walmart has pledged to stop selling products bearing the Confederate flag at their stores and NASCAR officials at the Daytona racetrack set up an exchange program, giving fans American flags to replace their rebel ones.

Confederate flags are now disappearing from public view; one might wonder what will become of them. Should they be burned? Displayed in a museum? Hidden in the attic?

At the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, we have a lot of experience with symbols of hate. While Nazi Germany was very different politically and historically from the Confederacy, neither is representative of their respective cultures’ identity today. Neither of these legacies deserves applause in modern times.

Unfortunately, there is no scarcity of Nazi flags available in the U.S. now. Thousands of Allied troops took them home as souvenirs of their WWII experiences, even though the insignia and flags were banned in Germany immediately following the defeat of the Third Reich. Many of those flags have been passed down through families, given away or sold. New Nazi flags are also available.

The Museum gladly accepts Nazi flags as donations to its archives. While we might have many copies of one version of the flag, we would much rather have them in our possession than allow them to be available in the public space and possibly used as statements of intolerance.

The Museum is very thoughtful and strategic about displaying Nazi flags in our exhibits, as we are aware of the horror it represents and the impact it can have on our visitors. We never want to exploit its power or use it sensationally. Its place is in history, and that’s where we feel it should remain.

The fate of the Confederate flags flying today is still very much in debate, but – like the Nazi flag – they are part of a past that is remembered by most as one of humanity’s greatest failures.

“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery -- the greatest material interest of the world,” wrote the government of Mississippi in the Ordinance of Secession, a document drafted and ratified in 1860 and 1861 by each state seceding from the United States. Statements from other seceding states echoed these racist sentiments.

The Confederate flag is a direct representation of the bigotry, enslavement, hate and violence that caused the Civil War. Everyone – from historians to school children – should think carefully about its use. Confining the Confederate flag to museum exhibit cases and archives as a shameful symbol of slavery and Southern secession, is the best course.

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

Hope For Humanity

The Hope for Humanity dinner is the primary annual fundraising event for the Museum. This year we honor Mayor Michael Rawlings on Thursday, December 3, 2015, Fairmont Hotel in the Regency Ballroom; Reception at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner fund the Museum’s exhibits, student programs, educator conferences and other community service events.

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Holocaust by Bullets Closed One Day Early

This exhibit closed one day early on December 30th. We apologize to visitors who attempted to view this exhibit on the last day. Please contact for additional information.

Upstander Speaker-Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd)

Join us for our final Upstander Speaker for 2015 is Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Retd). Dallaire, a lieutenant-general, Senator and celebrated humanitarian was appointed Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1993. There, he witnessed the country descend into chaos, leading to the deaths of more than 800,000 Rwandans.

Dallaire will speak on the topic of his latest book which is child soldiers. He has used his personal experiences with depression to advocate for greater mental health support for veterans. He also promotes human rights and genocide prevention and is the author of two best-selling books, Shake Hands with the Devil and They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children. His non-profit organization, The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, is dedicated to preventing the recruitment of child soldiers.

Dallaire will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 at Southern Methodist University. Umphrey Lee Center, Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, 3300 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX. Click Here for map

RSVP to Eventbrite. Free for Museum members, $10 general admission, VIP free for Circle of Remembrance, $25 VIP for members, and $40 VIP for public. VIP includes VIP reception with Romeo Dallaire.

Launched in 2014, the Upstander Speaker Series is part of the Museum’s continuing commitment to human rights and to ending silence and indifference to the suffering of others. Through the series, we raise fundamental questions about humanity, injustice and personal responsibility. We challenge our audiences to consider these issues and stand up against injustice.

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This event is sponsored by Series Sponsor: Real Time Solutions; Supporting Sponsors: Trea and Richard Yip and the Harold Simmons Foundation; and The Dallas Morning News. We also thank our community partners: Consulate General of Canada and the East African Chamber of Commerce.

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.