“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

My name is Steven Anderson, and I am an intern at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. As a member of Starfire U, I first became involved with the Center in 2010. Throughout my internship I have had many different assignments, but the role I have enjoyed most of all is giving tours of Mapping Our Tears.

Mapping Our Tears is an interactive permanent exhibit at The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, located on the campus ofRockwernAcademy. It includes artifacts, video testimonies, and displays about the Holocaust. The exhibit is dedicated to sharing the stories of local Holocaust survivors, rescuers, liberators, and other eyewitnesses. (Learn more about the exhibit here.)

When I give a tour, I share items in both parts of the exhibit. In the Judaica collection section, our visitors can learn more about the Jewish faith, look at artifacts from different synagogues in other parts of the world, and talk about different holidays of the Jewish faith.

In the part of the Exhibit that focuses on the Holocaust, visitors can see a uniform worn by a Holocaust survivor ofAuschwitz, learn about the history of antisemitism, and see artifacts relating to life in concentration camps, ghettos, and in hiding. Visitors sit in a replica 1930’s European attic and watch testimonies of eyewitnesses, who later moved to Cincinnati.

I give tours of Mapping Our Tears because I like to educate others about the Holocaust, and other genocides. It is important that people learn from Holocaust survivors, and what they went through, to prevent genocide from happening again. I want our visitors to stand up and be positive leaders in this world. I especially want people to remember all of the victims of the Holocaust, including non-Jewish victims, including people with disabilities, homosexuals, and political opponents of the Nazi party.

When I give a tour, the visitors are usually sad to learn about what people went through during the Holocaust, but they also leave encouraged by the spirit of the survivors.

I hope that you will come and tour Mapping Our Tears! To book a tour, please click here.