“Tolerance is what keeps humanity together, I believe.”
—Anne Willem Meijer, Member of the Dutch Resistance
As the only Holocaust education center of its kind in the Tri-State area, CHHE has taken on the challenge of preserving and documenting for future generations the experiences of community eyewitnesses through artifact, video and document collections. CHHE currently houses over 700 artifacts and documents that provide a link to life before the war, death and survival inside the camps and ghettos, and reconstruction following liberation. Below are highlights of our artifact collection. Check back frequently as we will change the highlighted artifacts monthly!
Letter Opener donated by Sonja Kirschner: This letter opener in the shape of a saber belonged to the material grandfather of Sonja. He served as the commander of a German prisoner of war camp for Russian soldiers during World War I. After the war a few of the Russian soldier presented him with the letter opener in thanks for his kindness. The letter opener was later taken to Shanghai, China with Sonja’s mother when they escaped Nazi Germany in 1939.