History

In June of 1980, Valencia Community College and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando came together to sponsor a series of community-wide events on the Holocaust and relevant human rights issues. The focus was on the social, historical, moral, ethical and economic implications of the Holocaust for today. A conference, co-sponsored by the newly-created Holocaust Center, Florida Humanities Council, Valencia Community College and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, was held in March 1981.

The same coalition sponsored a Conference on Terrorism the following year, and in 1986 a Holocaust Center facility was constructed, a professional museum exhibit was installed, and a library with documentary and archival collections was developed. The Center received national and international recognition for its unique facility — the only one of its kind in the Southeast until 1996 — as well as for its dedication to world-class, innovative programming.

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Today, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center offers a variety of programs to sensitize the public to issues of tolerance, diversity and respect for cultural differences. Its leadership and supporters firmly believe that preserving the past helps us protect the future, and that a moral and just community grows from understanding the watershed events of human history.

Major educational and cultural events of the past several years include an exhibit and a community presentation featuring artist Peter Malkin (now deceased), the man who captured Adolf Eichmann and brought him to justice; a program featuring James Carroll, author of the highly-acclaimed book (and now documentary film) Constantine’s Sword; a Yom HaShoah program with Professor Alan Dershowitz, noted legal scholar, author and commentator; a special exhibit on Schindler; a partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art in sponsoring Judy Chicago’s From Darkness Into Light exhibit, a series of programs in partnership with the Orlando Repertory Theatre honoring the 75th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth; computer enhanced portraits, created by artist Miriam Brysk, of individuals lost in the Holocaust; an exhibit of drawings done by refugee children from Darfur; and a series of events that focused on Nazi persecution of gay men and the contemporary issues of gay civil rights.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida · 851 N Maitland Ave · Maitland, FL 32751 · Phone: 407-628-0555 · info@holocaustedu.org