March 14 – Aug 30
Letters Home offers visitors an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who endured the ghettos and camps of the Holocaust. Often with oddly hopeful messages, they give us a glimmer of understanding about what life was like for people caught up in those terrible times. These brief, intimate glimpses are what remembrance is all about – remembering the humanity of each person lost.
The opportunity to send and receive mail, though highly regulated and strictly censored, gave prisoners their only hope to hang onto some semblance of their former lives. Although they were not able to write freely, these postcards and letters still represent the authentic voices of the inmates speaking to us. Each card and letter provides us an intimate view into the lives of victims of the Shoah as they carefully penned messages of reassurance, love, and courage. The translated text reflect the loneliness of that time, and their brief messages – thanking a relative for a gift of food, heartfelt words “tell sister I miss her so much” – can foster a deeper, more respectful memory of the lives of those who survived and those who perished.
Interspersed among the letters are explanations of the geography and history of various locations where prisoners were held. The exhibit also includes careful reproductions of currency, insignia and small maps. Altogether, they allow us an eye-witness view of life in isolation, a place with little reason for hope.
Letters Home teaches us about the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of ordinary men and women, and it compels us to think more deeply about the need for respect for all people.
September 1 – December 20
THEM: Images of Separation is a traveling exhibition on loan from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan. Panels showcase items from popular culture used to stereotype different groups. The negative imagery — found on postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs and costumes — promoted stereotyping against such groups as Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Jews and poor whites, as well as those who are “other” in terms of body type or sexual orientation.
March 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Entartete Kunst: Nazi Germany’s Obsession with “Degenerate” Art and Music
March 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Religion 201: Interfaith Relations with representatives of Islam, Buddhism, & Baha’i…
April 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Please join us for Yom HaShoah, the annual community remembrance for the Six Million Jews…
Monday - Thursday 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday 9 AM - 1 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 4 PM
No admission is charged for visiting the Center or for attending commemorative programs and films. Scheduled school group may limit access to some parts of the museum.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida · 851 N Maitland Ave · Maitland, FL 32751 · Phone: 407-628-0555 · firstname.lastname@example.org