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The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to commemorate human suffering during the Holocaust and educate future generations about this unprecedented catastrophe. Our lessons of tolerance and respect for all peoples are taught in hope of preventing oppression and future genocides.
The new museum will be located on the campus of Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York. The college serves a diverse population of almost 8,000 students. It is visited by 200,000 people a year.
The museum will be easily accessible by more than 2.5 million residents of Rockland, Orange, Bergen and Westchester Counties.
It will be the only resource of its kind north and west of New York City and will include the following features:
History – The idea of a permanent Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education originated with the Rockland County Holocaust Commission, which was appointed by the County Legislature on May 15, 1979. In 1981 the newly formed Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education and the Finkelstein Memorial Library signed a historic agreement giving Holocaust education a permanent home on South Madison in Spring Valley. Since the Museum opened its doors to the public, it has become an important cultural and educational center for the region.
Mission – The mission of the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education is to educate, examine and explore the lessons of the Holocaust with authenticity, dignity and compassion. Old and young alike may learn from these lessons to create a society of mutual respect and understanding devoid of the hatred of the past. The Museum is committed to paying tribute to those who perished and those who survived.