As antisemitic incidents spike, HHC has drastically increased visitation
CINCINNATI (January 16, 2020) – In its first year at Union Terminal, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center increased its visitation by 400 percent – teaching more than 35,000 community members about the lessons of the Holocaust in the past 12 months.
In January 2019, HHC opened the doors to its new 12,000-square-foot location within the lower level of Union Terminal. With approximately 7,500 square feet of exhibition space, the move tripled the amount of space for the museum.
Since January 2019, HHC has engaged at least 13,122 students and 459 educators through training, and more than 12,400 visitors have toured the museum using the group-booking option. Visitors have come from 45 different states. Overall, the center reached more than 180,000 people through outreach, traveling exhibits, education, and digital engagement.
“The move to Union Terminal has tremendously increased our reach and visibility,” said Sarah Weiss, Chief Executive Officer of the Holocaust & Humanity Center. “The center’s mission to educate the community about the lessons of the Holocaust has never been more critical than it is today.”
In 2018 and 2019, there were 6,768 incidents of extremism or antisemitism in the U.S., according to Anti-Defamation League. Approximately 204 incidents were reported in Ohio alone since 2018.
The trained experts at the Holocaust & Humanity Center offer interactive experiences that teach visitors how to oppose hate and antisemitism in today’s world. Using guidelines from the VIA Institute on Character, museum visitors can learn about their own personal characteristics and how they can leverage their strengths to make a difference in their communities.
The Holocaust & Humanity Center will celebrate one-year anniversary at Union Terminal with a day of immersive museum experiences. Visitors can meet and talk with local survivors in the museum starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. The HHC will celebrate with a special cake cutting in the Union Terminal Rotunda at 2 p.m.
The day wraps up with a collaborative event with the Cincinnati Song Initiative from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event, “Prayer Interrupted: Music in a World Turned Upside Down,” dives into the lives of Jews in and around the Holocaust through music composed by Jewish artists. The event also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Free tickets are available online.
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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, HHC educates more than 180,000 community members through its educational initiatives, innovative programs and partnerships.