Highlight: Writing, Art & Film Contest 2017

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Open to students in grades 6-12 in WA, OR, ID, MT & AK. 


In Memory of Jacob Friedman

The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey - Exhibit

GeorgeBike2March 8 - May 24 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | Plan Your Visit

More than three generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of an irrepressible little brown monkey known in this country as “Curious George.” But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H. A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II.

Created by artist Allen Drummond from the Houghton Mifflin book by Louise Borden (“The Journey that Saved Curious George”), the watercolor paintings depict the flight of Curious George’s creators - Margret and H. A. Rey - from Nazi Europe.

This exhibit is a fantastic way to connect a familiar and beloved literary character to lessons of history, and the dangers of religious persecution.


March 19 | Family Day 

Explore the exhibit with children of all ages and enjoy a day of Curious George activities including story time, passport stamping, coloring, stone painting, and more! Click here to register for family day!


Changing the Narrative: Refugees and America - In Honor of Yom Hashoah

Monday, April 24 | 7:00pm | Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E. Pike St., Seattle

Would you, if presented with the most dire set of circumstances, have the courage to risk your life to save the life of a fellow human being, simply because he or she is human? More generally, would you have the courage to recognize humanity and respond to its claim even if the powers that be denied its presence? Thus asks Martha Nussbaum, Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School in her book, For Love of Country.

Join us on Monday, April 24 at 7 PM at Temple De Hirsch, Seattle campus, as we confront these difficult questions in commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Together we will mark this darkest moment in Jewish history while renewing our efforts to see the humanity in others.

Central to the evening is a conversation with Holocaust survivor, Pete Metzelaar, and a recent teenage refugee moderated by Rabbi Daniel Weiner.

This program is made possible thanks to partnerships: Temple De Hirsch Sinai | Bet Chaverim | Congregation Beth Shalom | Herzl-Ner Tamid | The Holocaust Center for Humanity | Jewish Family Service | Kavana Cooperative | Northwest Immigrant Rights Project  | The Seattle World School | Temple Beth Am | Temple B'nei Torah

The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections Series: Japanese American Soldiers and the Liberation of Dachau

April 30 | 2:00-4:00pm | Nisei Veterans Hall, 1212 S. King St, Seattle | Free and open to the public 

Film showing of From Hawaii to the Holocaust: A Shared Moment in History. Video interview with Nisei veteran from Dachau. Tours of the Nisei Veterans Museum.

The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections series is presented in proud partnership by the Nisei Veterans Committee, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, the UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

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Teen Night at the Holocaust Center

Teen Night iconSunday, May 21 | 4pm-6pm | 6th-12th grade students | Hosted by the Holocaust Center for Humanity Student Leadership Board

Come and join us for a night of fun, food, and learning. Activities and informational booths on: book recommendations, genocide, care packages for refugees, survivor stories, and more! Free. 

For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 206-582-3000.

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Powell Holocaust Summer Institute: Teaching for Humanity

Group-Powell-Fellows-Bainbridge-Ferry-2CropAugust 7-11, 2017 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle  

The Holocaust Center for Humanity offers an intensive 5-day summer institute designed for teachers of grades 6-12. In a collaborative environment, teachers will explore in-depth topics of the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights, while gaining practical tools to bring these lessons to their students. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from national scholars, local experts, and experienced educators, as well as to take part in field trips to areas of interest. Accommodations will be provided. Deadline for the 2017 program has passed. Information about the 2018 Summer Instutite will be available in the fall of 2017. 

Program Flyer (pdf)


Participants will explore topics related to Holocaust history, including antisemitism, rescue and resistance, genocide, non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Japanese Internment, current events, and local connections. Each day will focus on selected themes and will include reference and discussion of today’s world and practical applications for the classroom.

Participants who complete the program will become the second cohort of Powell Fellows. Powell Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in advanced professional development opportunities throughout the year and will help to mentor new teachers. In the year following the seminar, Powell Fellows will be responsible for submitting a lesson or curriculum map demonstrating what new information from the seminar they have incorporated. 

Eligible teachers will currently be teaching grades 6-12 in a classroom.

Seminar is limited to 20 participants. Overnight accommodations will be provided for those coming from outside of the greater Seattle area. Lunch will be provided each day.

Participation Fee—$100 due upon acceptance to the program. ($50 will be returned upon attendance.) Teachers can receive up to 40 clock hours. Application Deadline: April 1, 2017.

Questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo - Powell Fellows 2016

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Powell Family Foundation
Conference on Material Claims Against Germany

POLAND: Holocaust Study Tour 2017

June 25 - July 2, 2017 


Birkenau-brama-z-abiejREGISTER NOW!

Open to all! Educators and general public welcome. The Holocaust Center for Humanity invites you to explore the history and culture of Poland. Come with us to the places important in the history of the Holocaust and enter into a dialogue with local witnesses, experts, and educators.

Trip includes: Warsaw, Treblinka, Tykocin, Schindler’s Factory, Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Shabbat dinner at the Krakow Jewish Community Center.

Day 1, Sun, June 25 - Arrive Warsaw • Welcome dinner
Day 2, Mon, June 26 - Warsaw
Day 3, Tue, June 27 - Warsaw • day trip to Treblinka and Tykocin
Day 4, Wed, June 28 - Warsaw • train to Krakow
Day 5, Thu, June 29 - Krakow
Day 6, Fri, June 30 - Krakow • afternoon visit to Auschwitz • Shabbat dinner
Day 7, Sat, July 1 - Krakow • morning visit to Birkenau • Closing dinner
Day 8, Sun, July 2 - Depart Krakow

We begin our travel in Poland in Warsaw. In 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded and World War II began, Warsaw was home to the largest Jewish community in the world. We will walk through the remnants of its prewar streets, its wartime Jewish ghetto and memorials, and explore newly built POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 

We will travel east to the evolving memorial site of the Treblinka death camp. From there we visit the village of Tykocin and its preserved baroque synagogue built in 1642, one of the very first Jewish sites to be restored in Poland. 

Traveling south to Krakow we will explore the architectural and cultural renewal of the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Over a two day period we will visit the memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau. On Friday night, we will share a Shabbat dinner with the small but lively Jewish community at the Krakow Jewish Community Center. 

At each stop will have opportunity to meet with local leaders, educators, and others involved in Holocaust education.

Flyer (PDF) 

Detailed Itinerary and Pricing


$2945 - Land package price per person, based on double occupancy

Single room supplement: $765

Costs are based on a group size of 15 and include: trip manager/special guide, entry fees, local guides, 7 nights at 5 star hotels, daily breakfasts and 9 additional meals, land travel (train and private bus), and baggage handling at hotels and railway stations. Airfare and recommended travel insurance not included.

Educators: 70 clock hours available at no additional charge. Limited scholarships funds may be available for teachers. To find out more, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

$500 deposit required by January 13, 2017. Full payment required by May 1, 2017.

With My Own Eyes: The Holocaust through Stories of Local Survivors - Exhibit

WMOE Exhibit ImageOngoing | Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm | On display at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity.

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!

General Admission | Student Groups | Adult Groups


1.5 Million Stones to Remember the 1.5 Million Children

at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity

The Holocaust Center for Humanity invites you to paint a stone to remember one of the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.

Selected stones will be placed at the Anne Frank Tree, which is planted in the Seattle Center's Peace Garden. This activity will be available during the museum's open hours and for field trips.