“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it.”
—Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor
Mapping Our Tears, the Center’s permanent exhibit, is an innovative educational experience that showcases the strength and the courage of the human spirit. The centerpiece is a multimedia theater set in a 1930’s European attic that takes visitors back in time. The heart of the attic contains testimonials of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust which are viewed on three video screens simultaneously. Featured are local people who are witnesses to the Holocaust: survivors, refugees, rescuers, and liberators. Multimedia effects highlight the journeys of these amazing people, helping the visitors to learn with all of their senses and connect with their unfolding stories. The mosaic of voices form the collective story of the genocide of the 6 millions Jews, and of the, 1.5 million children.
The attic is complemented by artifacts and panels that highlight and inform the visitors about different aspects of the Holocaust from Nazism and propaganda, ghetto life, resistance, liberation, and more. Every item in the exhibit is connected to a person from the Cincinnati area who experienced the world-altering events of the Holocaust and World War II.
The Cincinnati Hillel Judaica Collection:
The collection contains over 200 pieces of Judaica from both the local community and around the world. The exhibit provides an introduction to Judaism with sections on the Jewish home, synagogue, life cycles, holidays, and community. The collection demonstrates the vibrancy of the Jewish faith, a history of the Jewish people, and the important contributions of Jewish Americans.
Out of the Attic:Mapping Our Tears: Out of the Attic provides students the experience of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education’s permanent exhibit, Mapping Our Tears, but in your own school. The portable exhibit developed in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center consists of a set that replicates the comforting feel of an ‘attic’ atmosphere. Eyewitness video testimonies are enhanced by display cases full of replicas and facsimiles of artifacts and documents pertaining to the lives of the eyewitnesses before, during, and after the Holocaust. Trained educators from CHHE accompany the exhibit to help students understand the historical context of the Holocaust as well as the moving lessons of perseverance and courage of the human spirit. Programs can be customized to your group’s age, needs or learning objectives. The cost of Out of the Attic is $350 for a half day and $500 for a whole day, however scholarships are available.
Mapping Our Tears is open Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm. Additional hours are available by appointment.
CHHE requests a $5 donation for student visitors and a $10 donation for adult visitors.
Mapping Our Tears is made possible by our generous benefactors.