The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, also referred to as the Holocaust Memorial Museum of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, is based in San Antonio, Texas and has been offering educational services since 1975.
The goal of the museum is to make people aware of the dangers caused by racism, hatred and violence during the Holocaust. It also aims to remind visitors that these risks are still important today. The museum encourages awareness, remembrance and education, with the goal of keeping students and the general population mindful of the lessons of these tragic events. The lesson is that mankind must aspire to live together in peace and harmony.
The educational program is a major commitment of the San Antonio Holocaust Museum. The program includes an instructor program, a student program and an instructional program. The teacher curriculum supports and allows teachers to integrate the word “Holocaust” into their classes.
The Museum’s Curriculum Trunks Program, which is accessible to teachers throughout the community, offers educational resources for teachers of all ages, such as videos, posters, Dvds, CD-ROMS, maps, book sets, lesson plans and student activities, so that classrooms are as interactive as possible. Teachers may also undergo Holocaust instruction. Education may be connected to curriculum trunks or to general workshops.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio offers a number of resources for volunteers. Volunteers can work as teachers or as assistants in the library and administrative offices.
What To Expect
Visitors can learn about the Holocaust through three main exhibitions. Their Memorial ends with the rise of Nazi forces, which contains examples of racist video and print propaganda popular to the day. Photographs, videos, artifacts and maps continue the story, bringing to life 12 years of Nazi rule in Europe, and tracing the incremental steps that led to genocide in the killing fields and death camps. It includes the Tora Scroll on a permanent loan from the Westminster Synagogue in London.
In the outer hallway, parallel to the main display, there is a special exhibition called’ In America 1933-45; Reaction to the Holocaust,’ which examines American responses and participation in events taking place in Europe. A smaller exhibition is devoted to Holocaust survivors who lived in San Antonio following their liberation, and to American soldiers who liberated the concentration camps.
Visiting The Museum
Ultimately, the Holocaust Memorial Museum has a contemplative space on the outer terrace that commemorates those who died during the Holocaust. The museum is available Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. or on request. No admission fee is required, but a donation of $1 per student and $3 per adult is recommended. Holidays may apply.
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