Past Exhibits

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  • The Art of Samuel Bak

    This three-part exhibition explores landscape, object, and person through Samuel Bak’s themes of loss and the Jewish dictate of tikkun olam (“repair of the world”). Bak’s work is born of catastrophe. His canvases are filled with artifacts and ruins of Jewish life, images of Greek mythology, and childhood objects—all presented in fragments half-buried in the ground, hovering above water, or…

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  • The Flushing Remonstrance: Who Shall Plead for Us

    This story begins in the 17th century villages of Jamaica and Flushing, part of the New World known as New Netherland. It was a world that attracted those from Europe seeking to establish new ideas and new practices that were not accepted in their homeland. To that end, a group of thirty courageous and committed English settlers risked everything in…

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  • American Cartoonists, Nazis and the Holocaust

    It all began one night in November 1938, when Nazi mobs filled the streets. The planet needed a hero—fast. Who could have predicted that this hero would be one concocted by two Jewish boys from Ohio? Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster went on to create Superman! Already in Superman #10, published in 1941, they introduced us to the Dukalia American Sports Festival,…

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  • Defying the Devil: Christian Clergy Who Helped Jews Escape from the Holocaust

    Indifference was the most common reaction of the masses of non-Jewish Europeans witnessing the Nazi crimes committed against Jews. The majority of the European Christian clergy either openly supported the Nazis, remained indifferent, or feared that open criticism would bring the wrath of the Nazis on the clergy itself. However, this exhibit explores the lives and choices of those clergy…

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  • From the Star of Shame to the Star of Courage

    The yellow Star of David was a cloth patch that the Nazis forced Jews to wear on their outer garments which would mark them in public. This discriminatory law was enforced throughout the European countries occupied by the Nazis during World War II. The exhibit traces the imposed use of the yellow badge from medieval times through the 1933-1945 years, concluding with…

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  • Diplomats of Mercy: Diplomats Who Helped Jews Escape from the Holocaust

    This exhibit acknowledges the extraordinary deeds of diplomats representing nations from around the world. When many collaborated with Nazis, and when most were bystanders, the actions of these diplomats stand out as beacons of light in an otherwise dark time. These heroes, because of diplomatic immunity and in most cases without the approval of their governments, were able to save…

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  • Ships to Nowhere

    Finding a haven to flee Hitler’s regime was only part of the tragic story for so many Jews. Many ships made it safely to their destinations; many did not. Some returned to Europe carrying the same passengers who only weeks earlier had escaped; others were torpedoed on the high seas or suffered damage. Tragically, other ships were denied entry at…

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  • Sosúa, The Dominican Republic: Refuge from the Holocaust in the Tropics

    The US, along with other Western nations, kept strict immigration quotas in spite of the despair of thousands of German Jewish refugees. While the Parole der Woche, a weekly Nazi poster, was right in claiming that these desperate Jews were not welcome anywhere in the world, there was one notable exception: in 1938 the Dominican Republic agreed to take in as…

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    The Nanjing Massacre: Genocide and Denial

    Before the Second World War, the Imperial Japanese government viewed China as the primary target for imperial and expansionist ambitions in Asia. Hungry for raw materials and pressed by a growing population, they initiated the seizure of Manchuria in September 1931. This exhibit tells the story of the December, 1937 invasion and capture of Nanjing whose horrors forced many residents into…

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  • A State of Terror: Germany 1933-1939

    From the very beginning of its rule of Germany in 1933, it was the intention of the Nazi government to identify, classify, discriminate against, and eventually persecute those considered “undesirable” or “racially” dangerous. The Nazis were not sure that German citizens would support their actions. Thus, the Nazi government sought—using the legitimate institutions of the state—to explain, justify, and often camouflage its…

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  • Where Have all the Children Gone Exhibit Cover

    Where Have All the Children Gone? Jewish Refugee Children During the Holocaust

    Children are the most vulnerable victims of conflict, and during the Holocaust they were a special target of Nazi persecution. Some escaped before the slaughter, some survived in the midst of it, but one and a half million were murdered. Survivors recount their memories of that time and those places where fear and death were their companions.

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    Anatomy of a Ghetto

    This exhibit analyzes one major step in the Nazi’s “Final Solution” to murder the Jews of Europe – the ghettoization and dehumanization of the Jews as a step to their ultimate destruction. The Nazis and their local collaborators sought to isolate and concentrate the Jews of Europe in small and enclosed sections of major cities and towns while pondering a “Final…

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