Kupferberg Holocaust Center

The lessons of the Holocaust offer an unparalleled opportunity to address the cultural, educational, and civic needs of our diverse community. The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) is neither a museum nor a library: We are a learning laboratory where students, survivors, and community members learn through their hearts, minds, and actions.

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Current Exhibit

The Jacket from Dachau:
One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home

Open through June 2017

In July of 2015, KHC was contacted by a vintage clothing dealer about a recent acquisition of a unique garment at an estate sale. In the back of a walk-in closet, amid a variety of old shirts and vintage dresses, hung a faded striped jacket. A year later, we now know the story of Benzion Peresecki, a young Jewish man from Lithuania who wore this jacket for ten months in Dachau and kept it for 33 years. The exhibit tells Peresecki’s story of his immigration to the US, his legal pursuit of reparations, as well as historic photos, maps, multiple testimonies, and short films. It is a story of Holocaust survival that demonstrates the power of a single artifact to connect narratives of justice, identity and a search for home.

Featured Event

Some were Neighbors: Complicity & Collaboration, a Workshop with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

When:
Wednesday, September 13 at 12:10 PM
Where:
Kupferberg Holocaust Center

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has a permanent and online exhibit that highlights the role bystanders played in facilitating the escalation of genocidal policies towards European Jews. While Hitler and high level Reich members have primarily been held accountable for the atrocities of the Nazi regime, along with specific perpetrators of their genocidal aims, widening the scope outside of the parameters of the rank and file members of the party introduces a host of more complex and ambiguous issues.

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Our Mission

To use the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping.

LEARN

In addition to student fellowships, survivor discussion groups and docent training, the KHC hosts dozens of events each year to investigate the Holocaust and global violence as historical and present-day realities.

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RESEARCH

The KHC has, over the course of 35 years, received artifacts from Queens and Long Island survivors and their families, including survivor oral histories, films and videos, primary sources from World War II, and an extensive library.

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ENGAGE

Through exhibits, events, archival resources and survivor speakers, students and the broader community grasp the significance of the past, the dangers that remain, and a sense of themselves as advocates for social change.

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Visitor Information

All members of the public are welcome. We are open Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. There is no admission fee.

222-05 56TH AVENUE
BAYSIDE, NY 11364
(718) 281-5770
Large group visits to the KHC are by appointment only. For bookings and any other questions, please call or send us an email.