In this section we have included museums and education centers in Florida as well as Holocaust museums elsewhere that maintain useful Web sites.
Museums and Holocaust Education Centers in Florida
Florida Holocaust Museum
(Formerly The Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center)
55 Fifth Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 820-0100
Fax: (727) 821-8435
Contact: Stephen Goldman, Director
The Florida Holocaust Museum hosts both in-house and traveling exhibits. Recent exhibits have included Anne Frank in the World, A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto, and Denmark's Response to the Holocaust. The Museum produces study guides and offers teacher-training programs. Holocaust survivors are available to speak in classrooms and use of the on-site research facilities is encouraged. The Museum also hosts programs featuring outstanding authors and scholars of the Holocaust. Another on-going project is the video interviewing of Holocaust survivors, liberators, and rescuers. These tapes are archived at the Museum and at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. A museum book store is also on site.
The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Inc.
Florida International University
North Miami Campus
3000 N.E. 145 Street
North Miami, FL 33181
Phone: (305) 919-5690
Fax: (305) 919-5691
Contact person: Rositta Kenigsberg, Director
The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center opened in 1979 with the primary purpose of interviewing Holocaust survivors, liberators, and rescuers. Over the years, the Center's objectives and programs have greatly expanded and diversified. At present, the Center's Archives holds over 1200 videotapes in addition to audiotapes. Publications include high school level curriculum on Holocaust studies, a newsletter, and a 28-minute video entitled In Their Own Words. One-day Teachers' Seminars and week-long Teachers' Institutes are sponsored to provide an in-depth historical overview of the Holocaust, as well as opportunities to speak with survivors. Other services include an active speakers' bureau, commemorations, and a writing and visual arts contest. A reference library and memorabilia display are also available at the Center.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, Inc.
851 North Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-0555
Fax: (407) 628-1079
Contact Person: Tess Wise, Executive Director
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida was founded in 1980. The Museum exhibit chronicles the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe--their cultural, religious, and economic development, as well as their tribulations. Visitors are able to see how thousands of communities were destroyed in less than a decade. Guided tours are available. A Memorial Wall, built from Jerusalem stone, surrounds six memorial lights, representing the six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis. Center publications include a newsletter, bibliographies, and curriculum guides. The Library contains 4000 volumes, 12 periodicals, and 600 videotapes. A lecture and film series is also offered. Other services include teacher training, educational consultation, an annual art and writing contest, and teaching "trunks" available to schools.
Holocaust Outreach Center
Florida Atlantic University
College of Education
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 297-2929
Fax: (561) 297-3613
Contact: Dr. Ellen Heckler, Coordinator of Holocaust Education Project
The Holocaust Outreach Center is a joint effort of the College of Education and the Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies. The purpose is to provide training, resources, and support for teachers, media specialists, and school administrators in FAU's service area of Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. The H.O.C. trains educators to use appropriate curricula and lesson plans and introduces available resources, such as literature, videos, publications, posters, and the testimony of those who personally experienced and witnessed the Holocaust. These materials are available through the Holocaust Outreach Center's lending library located at the FAU College of Education on the Boca Raton campus.
Mania Nudel Holocaust Learning Center
Jewish Community Center
5850 Pine Island Road
Davie, FL 33328
(954) 434-0499 ext. 314
Contact person: Annette Labovitz, Director
The Holocaust Learning Center is dedicated to promoting remembrance and understanding of the Holocaust. It offers the community an extensive Holocaust library that includes current Young Adult fiction and non-fiction and multimedia materials that can be incorporated into classroom instruction. The Center also hosts a lecture and film series and presents continuous exhibitions of Holocaust artifacts and photographs.
The Sanford L. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Avenue
South Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 672-5044
Contact person: Laura Hockman
Though not a Holocaust memorial museum, the Sanford J. Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida is a valuable resource for the study of Jewish identity and culture. The focus of the collection is Jewish Life in Florida since 1763. Of special interest are materials related to the episode of the S.S. St. Louis. This ship, full of Jewish refugees from Germany, set out for Cuba, but was turned away and remained off the coast of Florida until returning to Europe. Another exhibit planned for February 3-May 31,1998, called The Florida-Israel Connection (1948-1998), will include materials related to the founding of the state of Israel.
Museums Outside of Florida with Useful Web Sites
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., SW (15th St. & Independence Ave.)
Washington, DC 20054-2150
Phone: (202) 488-0400
Fax: (202) 488-2690
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web site contains online versions of several of the Museum's exhibits. Visitors can also search a database of historic photographs and display the results. The Museum's Archives and Library are also searchable, but only titles, not the documents themselves, are displayed. Teachers should review the Museum's "Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust" page.
Simon Wiesenthal Center
9760 West Pica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 553-9036
Fax: (310) 277-5558
The Simon Wiesenthal Center Web site features a collection of over 100 short biographies and photos called "Children of the Holocaust" which would lend itself to many engaging classroom activities. Also of interest to teachers are the 50 topical bibliographies related to the Holocaust, assorted fact sheets, and current news items.
The Topography of Terror Foundation
Stiftung Topographie des Terrors
Budapester Strasse 40
Fax: +49-30-261 30 02
This site links to over 60 Holocaust memorials on German soil. Each memorial museum site is represented by a short history and several photographs. Click on the small photos to see enlargements. Site available in English or German.
The Mechelen Museum of Deportation and the Resistance
2 Rue Joseph Dupont
1000 Brussels, Belgium
This site documents the deportation of Belgium Jews to Auschwitz. Of the 25,257 prisoners deported through Mechelen, only 1,207 survived to see the liberation of the camps.
Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Jerusalem, Israel 91034
Most of the information at Yad Vashem's Web site is about the museum itself.
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