"Anyone can go to the Holocaust museum [in Washington DC] but not everyone gets this experience." ~A. Speitel (student, 17)
We are the only standalone Holocaust Museum in the Greater Philadelphia area -- a population center of nearly 6 million people.
Using the resources of the museum, our mission is to educate Delaware Valley students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. The study of the Holocaust provides us with one of the most effective ways to work with students to examine basic moral issues and value systems. What are the lessons of the Holocaust for us today?
Students need to know and understand that:
- the Holocaust was no accident -- it occurred because people made deliberate choices employing all of the apparatus in a fascist state to engage in the mass murder of 6,000,000 Jews because they were Jews
- millions of non-Jews were murdered by the Nazis -- political dissidents, intellectuals, homosexuals, labor union leaders, Roma, and civilians in each of the countries conquered by the Nazi military
- prejudice, bigotry, and racism are social poisons that erode the fabric of a democratic society
- silence, apathy, and indifference are the enemies of a pluralistic democracy