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.
Our office is open to the public by appointment. Face masks are requested.
Kristallnacht in the America Press: What We Knew and What We Though Possible
Featuring Dr. Rebecca Erbelding – historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
No registration required
The final film in the 2022 Film Series – A Film Unfinished seeks the truth behind one of the most mysterious Nazi propaganda films ever shot inside the Warsaw ghetto. (88 minutes)
The public is invited to join us in reading the Fall 2022 MCHE Common Book – The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed, by Dr. Wendy Lower. A community conversation about the book, led by MCHE historian Dr. Shelly Cline, will take place on January 17 at 6:30 on Zoom.
Although the Holocaust has become almost synonymous with the gas chambers of Auschwitz, it is important to remember that before the Nazis turned to systematic, stationary methods of genocide, they first murdered Europe’s Jews through other means. Following the invasion of Soviet territory in the summer of 1941, Germany sent mobile killing units called Einsatzgruppen to execute the Jews living within the Eastern occupation zone. This murder process is often referred to as the “Holocaust by bullets.”
Unlike the process of transporting victims to killing centers, this method murdered people within the context of their own communities, often witnessed by other locals. Some of those present photographed what they saw. The Ravine uncovers the history of a single photograph showing a Jewish family at the moment of their murder at a massacre site in Ukraine. Lower’s extraordinary work recovers the identities of this mother and her children, the killers, and the Slovakian photographer who took the image as an act of resistance. Lower provides new understanding of the place of the family unit in the ideology of Nazi genocide.
Thank you for your remarkable response to the exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. All presentations from the Auschwitz Speaker Series are available here.
Additional resources provided by USHMM to begin understanding the scope of the Holocaust.
Our mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.
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