The nation’s newest Holocaust museum is about to be unveiled in downtown Seattle. The Holocaust Center for Humanity will host artifacts and testimony from local survivors, and provide resources for students and teachers. Executive Director Dee Simon says it will also draw connections between the Holocaust and other dark chapters of history a little closer to home.
Simon: “We hope to invite and include other organizations in our community, organizations that represent Japanese internment, the tribes – other groups to come in and share this space with us, and make it a space for our community to really face the human rights issues that are here in the Northwest.”
The museum will have more than 5,000 artifacts. They include a blanket issued to inmates of Auschwitz, yellow stars Jews were forced to wear and a copy of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, signed by the mayor of Vienna. It will host a library and exhibit space. And organizers will develop programming around themes of bullying, tolerance and human rights. The museum will unveil its space this evening, and open for visitors in January.
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