The Holocaust Museum & Study Center Overview

The Holocaust Museum & Study Center Overview

I lay awake many nights trying to comprehend the systematic mass murder of approximately six million Jews during World War II.

The Nazis targeted not only Jews, but also people in other groups, including least 200,000 disabled, 10,000 homosexuals and other political and religious opponents. Roughly eleven million civilians and prisoners of war perished in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

To so many others and me this heinous crime is beyond human comprehension.  Sometimes I sit back and think what would possibly make a person want to annihilate a total group of individuals. How could an entire country be persuaded to follow such an evil monster? How could one man lead others into such horrific crimes against humanity???

I fear that the farther we move from this period in history and when our Survivors are gone, we will distance and desensitize ourselves from the magnitude of this horror. If we struggle now to understand, how much harder will it be for future generations to comprehend?

Education holds the golden key to the prevention of future human rights violations.

The Holocaust Museum & Study Center at Rockland Community College promotes community awareness of the Holocaust through informal gatherings of Holocaust survivors and students, a Speakers’ Bureau and annual communitywide Yom HaShoah and Kristallnacht commemorations.

The Museum also offers customized educational programs to meet the needs of middle school, high school and college level students. Our programs can range from first hand survivor testimony to hands-on classroom lessons to intensive multi-faceted programs which may be offered at a school as well as at the Museum.

We collaborate with Nyack College, Israel Bonds and Jewish Family Service, as well as various synagogues and interfaith organizations to hold films and lectures for events such as Black History month, Women in History month and Holocaust Awareness Week.

Our Survivors Station which is located on the main floor of the RCC Library, is an interactive kiosk with testimony of 18 Holocaust Survivors. The station allows young and old alike to pick from a wide range of topics and hear first-hand testimony of what it was it was truly like to live during the worst of times, and how the human spirit’s will to live can conquer some of the most inhumane circumstances. In addition, we currently have an exhibition of the Holocaust artwork of David Friedman, a Holocaust Survivor, on display on the second floor of the library.

I truly believe that working together through the Museum, we can keep the memories alive and create peace, unity and respect in our community.

With many blessings,

Andrea Winograd, Director of Development & Operations