The Holocaust Center performs a vital service in building awareness and educating the community about one of the darkest periods of modern history. In so doing, the Center advances the teaching of univeral and timeless lessons of the dangers of hate and intolerance. The Center's programs are varied and feature presenters ranging from experts on history to individuals who tell their own tragic and compelling stories of how the Holocaust robbed them of their families, their homes and their innocence. Now faced with the challenge of continuing to tell these important stories despite a shrinking survivor community, the Holocaust Center has been innovative in creating new initiatives like the Legacy Project, which provides beautifully-produced DVDs with the real-life stories of survivors and concentration camp liberators; incredible art exhibitions; an original play; and even an original ballet in partnership with our acclaimed Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The Center's efforts will help ensure that the Holocaust the the Six Million lost will not be forgotten.
I have taken my students to the Holocaust Center every year for the past seven years as part of a lesson we do in French titled Vichy France. We are so lucky to have this resource in Pittsburgh. I remember calling the center seven years ago, and inquiring about a French-speaking survivor to talk to my classes. I was very happy when someone called me at the Holocaust Center, letting me know that they had someone. Every year since then, they have worked with me, allowing me to bring the lesson on Vichy Regime in France to life.
The Holocaust Center provides a much needed service to members of the West Pennsylvania Jewish community as well as to key communal figures and authorities in genocide prevention education and awareness towards Antisemitism and the horrendous atrocities that accompanied it throughout history. The center is one of the most advanced institutions on the East Coast in the way they present their curriculum and educate the community.