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.

Featured Event

Repatriation and Restorative Justice: From Native American Remains and Sacred Objects to Nazi Art Theft

When:
Thursday, October 25 at 5:00 PM
Where:
Kupferberg Holocaust Center

Speakers: Jennifer Kreder, Professor of Law at Solomon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University

Jackie Swift (Comanche/Fort Sill Apache), Repatriation Manager, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

David Martine (Shinnecock/Montauk, Chiricahua Apache), Chairperson, American Indian Artists Inc., (AMERINDA); Historic Preservation Officer, Shinnecock Nation

This panel addresses the process of repatriation at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), repatriation from the tribal perspective and the repatriation of artwork, which was stolen from Jewish families during the Holocaust-era. Jennifer Kreder will discuss how museums have undermined the mission of the WWII Army Monuments Men (and Women), which entailed the recovery and return of art plundered during the Nazi era whenever and wherever it could be found. Jackie Swift will speak about the process of restoring Native American cultural items and human remains including funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony from museum collection to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated tribes, clans, villages, and/or organizations. David Martine will present on his work as the former Director/Curator of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum on Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY. Conversation will follow regarding the concept of restorative justice within these two cultural contexts.

 

This event is FREE, but registration is requested.

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Part of the Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series

Part of the KHC/NEH 2018-19 Colloquium

Survivance on Turtle Island: Engaging with Native American Cultural Survival, Resistance, and Allyship

Cover of "Conspiracy of Goodness" Exhibit

Current Exhibit

Conspiracy Of Goodness

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center is proud to unveil its newest original exhibition that tells the story of how an isolated Huguenot community in the Haute-Loire region, saved 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany and the soldiers of Vichy France. Villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages, joined together to conceal, rescue, and provide false documentation for Jews and French Resistance fighters, at great risk to their own lives. They offered sanctuary and kindness to refugees, while they, the Huguenots (French Calvinists), had lived under oppression themselves and were targets of religious persecution for hundreds of years. The unwavering willingness of the villagers of Le Chambon to help those in need is a testament to the power of the human spirit and will serve as an outstanding model to students and other visitors about our responsibility to respond…

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
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