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September 28 - October 13 | Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm | Taproot Theatre | Tickets $15-$30

This is a relevant, insightful story for a generation facing a resurgence of fear and extremism. Cyla’s Gift is a train-hopping, border-crossing story of danger, adventure, magic, loss, and the power of storytelling. When the ghost of her grandmother, Cyla Tine, starts visiting Samara in the middle of the night, she is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. Lerman asks: “What happens when your family lineage stops with you? What happens to the stories and memories of generations past?” Written & Performed by Samara Lerman | Directed by Kelly Kitchens. Sponsored in part by the Holocaust Center for Humanity.


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Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma | October 4, 2018 | 5:30-8:00pm | Free for Educators | Register 

See what nearly 50 organizations (including the Holocaust Center!) have to offer this academic year for you and your students. Bring your own bag and walk away with incredible resources and contact information for all of the standards-based content offered. Did we mention there will be light bites and drinks, and even raffle prizes? Educators can register online here. 

Educator Night at the Museum is an exciting opportunity for area educators to relax and mingle while learning more about the resources and programs offered by prominent organizations in the Puget Sound area. Discover engaging, innovative, standards-based ways to bring the arts, social studies, science and other subjects into your classroom or to bring your students out into the community!

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Washington State Council for Social Studies (WSCSS) Fall Conference | October 13, 2018 | Lincoln High School, Tacoma | Register Now!  

Join educators from around Washington for a day of exploring resources, lessons, and inspiration on the theme of: A New Frontier for Social Studies: Taking Action. As part of the conference, the Holocaust Center for Humanity will be introducing the NEW online Encyclopedia of Washington State Holocaust Survivors. Participants of this session will be some of the first to engage with this new resource. Through hands-on exploration of the Encyclopedia's videos, images, and other primary sources, teachers will participate in an activity that can easily be replicated and scaffolded in the classroom.

The Encyclopedia provides rich content and videos that will spark discussion, challenge students to think critically and to consider the difference each one of us can make. If possible, but not at all required, participants should bring a device with wifi or 4G capabilities.   

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Wednesday, October 17 | 11:30 AM-1:00 PM | Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, 2045 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story by Karen Treiger tells the tale of the author’s in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg, and their Holocaust survival story, alongside the author’s own journey delving into their experiences. The book, the author's first, is filled with stories of resilience, rescue, courage, and hope.

Join us for a program and Q&A with the author to learn about her experience of writing the book, and how the Goldbergs' story impacts the present and future.  Books will be available for purchase and signed by the author.  Karen Treiger is a member of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau.

Admission is free.  Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch; coffee and cookies will be served.
Seating is limited.  RSVP by clicking below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Thursday, October 18 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | Western Washington University, Bellingham | 6 Clock Hours | Lunch provided | Flyer  

Practical, hands-on, engaging activities for the classroom.  Participants will be challenged to address issues of citizenship, stereotypes, confronting intolerance, and the difference each one of us can make. Free resources for grades 5-12.

Topics include: 

  • From Citizens to Outcasts: Why didn't they just leave? - Dr. Sandra Alfers, Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity, Western Washington University
  • Holocaust Timeline: Exploring Cause and Effect - Paul Minckler, Teacher and US Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow
  • With My Own Eyes: Holocaust, Genocide, Today - Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, Holocaust Center for Humanity
  • Exploring artifacts, primary sources and first-hand accounts in the classroom


$20 registration deposit, refunded upon attendance.

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Sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity, The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity, Western Washington University, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Sunday, October 28 | 2:00 pm | Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way | Mercer Island WA 98040 | $12 for adults | $10 for SJCC members/students/seniors  

Co-presented by the SJCC and the Holocaust Center for Humanity

If you enjoyed the Holocaust Center's 2017 exhibit The Journey that Saved Curious George, you won't want to miss this film. 

"Monkey Business" recounts the extraordinary lives and harrowing journey of Hans and Margret Rey, the husband-and-wife duo who penned the beloved “Curious George” children’s books. It has been 75 years since Curious George first touched the hearts and minds of children around the world, but little is known about his creators, German Jews living in Paris who narrowly escaped Nazi occupation by fleeing on makeshift bicycles across Europe, carrying their yet-to-be-published “Curious George” manuscript with them.

In this vivid, mixed-media documentary, interviews are augmented by original hand-drawn animations and a treasure trove of archival materials from the Rey estate, including wartime journals, photographs, letters, and unpublished Curious George sketches and notes. A great introduction to the Holocaust for ages 10 and up.

Includes post-film panel Q&A with Holocaust Center for Humanity Legacy Speaker Ron Gompertz and docent Marcy Bloom.


America and the Holocaust Event graphicThursday, November 8, 2018 | 8:30am - 3:30pm | Seattle | $20 registration fee includes lunch and 6 clock hours. | First-time attendees will receive a $15 Amazon gift card! | Flyer

What did Americans know and how did conditions in the United States impact Americans’ responses to the Holocaust? With special guest Rebecca Erbelding, Ph.D., historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and a lead historian for the USHMM’s new exhibition, “Americans and the Holocaust.” Geared towards teachers of grades 5-12. At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity.

Participants will:

  • gain practical tools and resources to teach about America’s role in and response to the Holocaust
  • identify and use materials that align with state standards
  • be able to integrate new materials into their existing classroom lessons
  • explore the new features of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s exhibit, “With My Own Eyes”

Special thanks to: Seattle 4 Rotary Club



WMOE 900x550The Holocaust through Local Stories | Through October 21, 2018 | Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity

The Holocaust Center will be CLOSED TO VISITORS from October 22, 2018 through January 5, 2019.  Please visit us on January 6, 2019 and beyond to see the exciting changes to our core exhibit! 

Through stories and artifacts of local Washington State Holocaust survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in the history of the Holocaust and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference.

Plan Your Visit!




Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education | Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma | October 24 - 26, 2018 | Free and Open to the Public   

In the last decades, historical research on Nazi Germany has focused on sites of terror- especially concentration camps and extermination camps. Despite a multitude of works exploring these places of terror, comparatively little work has been done exploring the role of medical scientists and nurses in perpetrating ethical violations of their mandate to “first, do no harm.” Perhaps even fewer works have attempted to explore the role of Jewish medical personnel and their attempts to fight against the Nazi regime in whatever limited capacity they had. In the post-world war II environment of military tribunals and subsequent doctors’ trials, the field of medical science was forced to revise its code of ethical conduct and rethink its notion of patient informed consent, embodied in the Nuremberg Code. LEARN MORE and see the SCHEDULE of incredible presenters.



Wednesday, Oct. 24 | Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island | Doors open at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7pm | $18 adults, $10 seniors and students  

Join us for a lively and thought-provoking exchange between J.J. Goldberg, Editor-at-Large of The Forward, and Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor-In-Chief of Jewish News Syndicate. Offered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. REGISTER



Saturday, Oct. 28 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm | Temple B'nai Torah, Bellevue

Rabbi Mark Glickman’s book, Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books is the story of the largest collection of Jewish books ever assembled – the volumes that the Nazis looted from Jewish libraries, communal associations and families during their rampage through Europe. His presentation at Temple B’nai Torah will share highlights from this epic story – Why did the Nazis collect these books? How did they conduct their looting? How did the Jewish community respond? How were the books discovered and where are they now? Come and hear answers to these and many other questions as Rabbi Glickman shares this amazing story.