Holocaust resources merge
By Elizabeth Daley
July 21, 2007
Two San Francisco Holocaust education resources will become
one, the organizations announced this month.
The Holocaust Center of Northern California and the Bay Area
Holocaust Oral History Project will unify, creating a single unified
Bay Area resource for Holocaust education and remembrance known
as the Holocaust Center of Northern California.
"By combining our resources and efforts, we will be more
effective in teaching the universal lessons of the Holocaust.
We will reach more classrooms, students and the general public
with educational and cultural programs that show the consequences
of hate and indifference," said Dr. Steven H. Sloan, president
of the new institution.
Both organizations operated side by side for almost 30-years
in the Bay Area. With the Holocaust Center of Northern California
recognizing the importance of bringing survivors into classrooms
to tell their stories to students.
The Holocaust Center will house more than 1,700 oral testimonies
of local residents who were eyewitnesses and survivors of the
Holocaust. The video and audio testimonies will be available for
viewing at the Holocaust Center.
"Merging our resources gives us the opportunity to integrate
first-hand testimonies into extensive educational offerings. This
is an important step in ensuring that our treasured collection
of personal stories will have increased access, use and impact,"
said Miriam Zimmerman, former Oral History Project board president.
The new Holocaust Center will be an even larger organization
with more resources that may be used to tech the consequences
of racism, hatred and indifference while preserving and disseminating
historical information, the center announced.
The Holocaust Center of Northern California is located at 121
Steuart St. in San Francisco and is open to the public Monday
through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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