“Everybody — every human being — has the obligation to contribute somehow to this world”

—Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor

Educational Philosophy

“I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education.

My request is:

Help your children become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.”

An excerpt of a letter written by a Holocaust survivor to educators, published in “Teacher and Child” by Dr. Haim Ginott, child psychologist and author

The educational philosophy of the Holocaust & Humanity Center is motivated by the survivors’ urgent request. Personal accounts are used in an effort to understand the lessons of the Holocaust and promote tolerance and social justice. Remembering the millions who are unable to speak, The Center shares the voices of local Holocaust survivors, liberators, refugees, rescuers and other eyewitnesses which offer messages of hope, courage, compassion and resilience of the human spirit. In addition to preserving the history of local eyewitnesses, The Center draws upon Holocaust scholarship and research from throughout the world for its initiatives.

Equally important to understanding the historical context of the Holocaust is the study of post-Holocaust challenges and their implications for today. Specific emphasis is placed on being accountable for personal choices in order to understand the importance of action and resistance while evaluating the detrimental outcome of silence and indifference. This cultivation of critical thinking and compassion are essential characteristics to developing humane and conscientious citizens of the world.

The Center uses this philosophy to guide its activities and offers the following resources and services:

  • Permanent Exhibition, Mapping Our Tears
  • Holocaust Awareness Programs – Lectures, Films, Theatre, Exhibits
  • Commemorations and Memorials
  • Roma and Sam Kaltman Holocaust Studies for Educators – graduate level course
  • The Coppel Speaker’s Bureau
  • The Coppel Library 
  • Internship Programs
  • Seminars and Workshops for Students and Teachers
  • Online Exhibits
  • Archives
  • Oral History Program
  • Curriculum Assistance/Development
  • Portable exhibits:
    • Mapping Our Tears: Out of the Attic
    • From the Children, About the Children, For the Children
    • Art of the Holocaust, Shouldering the Responsibility
    • The Story of Josef Motschmann
    • Her Story Must Be Told: Women’s Voices from the
    • Music in the Holocaust: The Notes Rose Up in Flames
    • Facing Prejudice Everyday
    • Hana’s Suitcase