NORTH PARKING LOT
MAINTENANCE IN PROGRESS!
From June 29 through July 7, 2016, construction crews are performing maintenance and repair work on our north parking lot. This means that the north side of the building, including our main parking lot and entrance doors, is blocked off. Visitors are asked to park in the south parking lot and enter through the entrance located on the south side of the Holocaust Memorial Center for the duration of the project. We apologize for the inconvenience, but are confident that the improvements will greatly increase the safety and accessibility of our facilities. Thank you for your patience!
Governor Snyder visits HMC
On June 27, 2016, the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus welcomed Governor Rick Snyder for a ceremonial signing of the Revised School Code, House Bill 4493, a new law which requires that social studies curriculum for grades 8 to 12 include six total hours of age- and grade- appropriate instruction about genocide, including the Holocaust.
“Our next generation of leaders needs to have the wherewithal to recognize and help prevent widespread harm to their fellow men and women,” said Governor Snyder. “Teaching the students of Michigan about the Holocaust and genocide is important because we should remember and learn about these terrible events in our past while continuing to work toward creating a more tolerant society.”
This legislation has been a priority for the Holocaust Memorial Center, which played an integral role in the development of the group Genocide and Holocaust Education Now! (GHEN), which drafted the original bill, garnered support in both Michigan Houses, chose sponsors and steered the bill until it became law.
“By educating future generations, we can prevent these atrocities from happening again and use these lessons to create positive, empowering actions to combat hate, bigotry and bullying that takes place today.” said Cheryl Guyer, Interim Executive Director, Holocaust Memorial Center.
According to a study, Michigan youth ages 18-25 who attended a Michigan high school had only minimal knowledge about the Holocaust and even more limited knowledge about other genocides. The study also found that only a small percentage of the respondents had been taught about the moral lessons to be learned from genocides.
“Through education we need to inspire our children to become empathetic and tolerant members of society capable of acting appropriately when faced with moral dilemmas,” added Lori Talsky Zekelman, founding member of GHEN and supporter of the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Holocaust by Bullets
On view June 14 through December 31, 2016
Between 1941 and 1944, 2.2 million Jews and Roma were executed by Nazi mobile killing units. Yahad - In Unum has identified 1,893 execution sites in 7 countries and videotaped 4,714 eyewitness testimonies. The Holocaust Memorial Center is pleased to present Holocaust by Bullets, a powerful exhibit which showcases Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad - In Unum's historic undertaking to ensure that these victims won't be forgotten. Learn more >
Join us for one of the exciting programs featuring the Holocaust by Bullets exhibit! You can learn more about these opportunities, admission, and RSVP, here >
Michigan's Holocaust Museum
Illuminating the past. Enlightening the future.
Save the Date!
32nd Anniversary Dinner
We are excited to announce our 32nd Anniversary Dinner Honorees: Rozie and Bernie Friedman! The Anniversary Dinner will take place at 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 30 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. It will be an elegant evening featuring a strolling buffet and an inspiring presentation. More info to follow shortly.
United States District Judge Bernard A. Friedman is widely admired as a guardian of justice and a protector of human rights. His ruling that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, extending marriage rights to all who wish to marry. Rozanne Friedman is a caring and skilled psychotherapist, who has helped many people gain tools to cope with life’s challenges. We will recognize these community leaders for their dedication to our shared ideals of standing up for equaality and against oppression.