About the Holocaust Memorial Center

We’re More Than a Museum

As a nationally and internationally recognized facility, we focus on building an inclusive community in the Orlando area through exhibits, programs, initiatives, and educational programs centered around the events of the Holocaust.

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Our Mission

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is an organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism, and prejudice with the ultimate goal of developing a moral and just community through its extensive outreach of educational and cultural programs. Using the lessons of the Holocaust as a tool, the Center teaches the principles of good citizenship to thousands of people of all ages, religions, and backgrounds each year.


Our Center is one of the oldest facilities of its kind in the nation. It houses permanent and temporary exhibit space and archives. It is a nonprofit organization supported by tax-exempt donations and is open to the public free of charge.

In June of 1980, founder Tess Wise, aided by Valencia Community College and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, created 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 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, and for its dedication to world-class, innovative programming.

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.


Community Involvement

Major educational and cultural events of the past several years include a juried exhibit and community presentations in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, culminating in Bach Festival of Winter Park’s performance of the oratorio A Child of Our Time.
The Holocaust Center played a leadership role in a series of community events, as shown in the Book of Posters, honoring the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. These events drew over 50 local partners together to educate, celebrate, commemorate, and act together in order to create a more vital community.

Recent exhibits range from the powerful “Hateful Things” from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia to the extraordinary works of the political cartoonist, Herblock, to the new exhibit, Scroll of Remembrance by Holocaust Survivor and Artist, Miriam Brysk.

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