The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. We serve Kansas, western Missouri and the Midwest.
MCHE is proud to announce our partnership with Union Station in providing programmatic and educational support for the exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. This groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world.
More than 20 presentations and events for the public and educators are scheduled through January 2022.
Every Jewish person murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau had been friends or neighbors with at least some non-Jewish people at one time. This talk, presented by Professor Andrew Stuart Bergerson, will take a step back to the communities in which Jews lived before deportation or Nazi occupation. It will explore the topic of violence among people who had previously coexisted in a civil society. How did friends and neighbors turn into Aryans and Jews? Why did some communities begin killing their Jewish neighbors? What made others more resilient, such that they did not join in these mass atrocities? How might we build those more resilient communities?
On the eve of the Holocaust, Polish Jewry – Europe’s largest Jewish community and most of American and Israeli Jewry’s historic “heartland” – was a vital and dynamic society: a forward looking “brave new world” filled with potential, brimming with life, and caught up in and grappling with a process of transformation that was informed not only by old tensions and conflicts, but also by new attitudes and institutions and , above all, by new relationships with the wider world.
Additional resources provided by USHMM to begin understanding the scope of the Holocaust.
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