The Holocaust Museum of Houston is a monument that opened in 1996 in Houston Texas for victims of the Holocaust . This is a part of the “Houston Museum District”.
It is the fourth largest museum of Holocaust in the United States .
Its mission is to warn the population about the prejudice, hatred and violence of the holocaust. There are signs that the danger is currently latent. The museum employs a very important educational program, which exposes certain programs for teachers, as well as for students, along with an academic program. The teacher program helps to learn about the holocaust in the classroom. In the Museum’s Curriculum Trunks Program, which is generally available throughout the United States, all teachers are provided a variety of instruments, for example: videos, posters, CD’s, CD-Roms, maps, books and Plans for school activities, to structure classes with as much information as possible. In addition, this institution, offers within its program competitions for students, for example: the annual “Yom HaShoah Art and Writing Contest”.
Members of the Houston Holocaust Museum have access to the Boniuk Library, which houses more than 5,000 books on the Holocaust, Jewish history, World War II and related topics. The library includes the HMH file and the HMH historical oral project. In the archive, you will find a large number of articles, documents, photos and film reels. Besides that, there are also more than 250 records of testimonies of Holocaust survivors, witnesses, released and a member of the youth of Hitler .
The museum has a permanent collection and also temporary exhibitions. An important part of the permanent exhibit, which is called “Bearing Witness: A community remembers,” includes reports of surviving eyewitnesses from around Houston. At the beginning of the exhibition, there is talk about Jewish life and its culture in Europe before the war, authentic films, artifacts, photos and documents are shown, showing propaganda towards “the final solution.” Also on display are memories Of the resistance of many people, for example: the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion, prisoner rebellions and the so-called “Operation Texas”, a complacency as deference to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Jewish refugees. At the end of the exhibit, visitors can watch two eyewitness reports, these reports are from survivors, released, and witnesses, who after the war settled in and around Houston.
Apart from this permanent exhibition, the museum offers an educational center called “Morgan Family Center”, “Lack Familiy Memorial Room” and “Eric Alexander Garden of Hope”. The library is located in the school. At the Morgan family Center are administrative offices, two more galleries for migrant exhibitions, the HMH class and the cinema. The “Lack Family Memorial Room” is a quiet place, so visitors can relax and meditate. The “Eric Alxander Garden of Hope” was dedicated to the million and a half children who perished in the holocaust.
The museum offers a variety of possibilities for people with intentions of volunteering, they can work as helpers in the library, in the administration, at the reception or at the bookstore. Volunteers speak more than one language, they can also work with the original sources and translate marketing materials, such as: The memorial servers of the Austrian foreign service.
Since 1995, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award has awarded titles to a person with special responsibilities, dedication and courage, who were against injustice. The award is given mostly once a year. So far the winners have been: Miep Gies, Edgar Bronfman, Steven Spielberg, Colin Powell, Llyod Bentsen, Bob Dole, the Kingdom of Denmark and John McCain.