Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945 - Exhibit

September 11 - October 30, 2016 | On display at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity.

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Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 is a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Through reproductions of historic photographs and documents, this exhibition explores the rationale, means, and impact of the Nazi regime’s persecution of homosexuals, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

Plus: Photos from Robin Hammond's evocative photo project Where Love is Illegal, which tells the story of LGBTQ persecution today.

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Image: “Solidarity.” Richard Grune lithograph from a limited edition series “Passion des XX Jahrhunderts” (Passion of the 20th Century). Grune was prosecuted under Paragraph 175 and from 1937 until liberation in 1945 was incarcerated in concentration camps. In 1947 he produced a series of etchings detailing what he witnessed in the camps. Grune died in 1983. —US Holocaust Memorial Musuem, courtesy Schwules Museum, Berlin

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Gilman Family Foundation | Pride Foundation | Greater Seattle Business Association | Carter Subaru | 1st Security Bank | Congregation Tikvah Chadashah | LifeLong AIDS Alliance

Voices for Humanity Luncheon 2016

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Thursday, October 27 
Sheraton Seattle 

Exhibits and registration open at 10:30am.

Celebrate the many ways your investment in the Center educates and inspires students to take action. You make it possible for 40,000 students throughout the Northwest to learn critically important humanitarian lessons for our time through Holocuast education.

Our 2016 luncheon program will share highlights from this landmark year. In October of 2015 we opened the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle. In the first six months, over 15,000 visitors have toured our exhibits, heard from speakers at Lunch & Learn lectures, attended teacher training seminars.

At the luncheon, you will meet members of the inaugural class of the Student Leadership Board, and students from the Muckleshoot Tribal School, the World School, and Middle College High School.

Voices for Humanity Award 2016


The Holocaust Center for Humanity proudly recognizes Steven Baral for his ongoing commitment to Holocaust education.


Click here for a copy of the digital Save the Date postcard you can send to friends, family, and coworkers. Share with them the stories that have inspired you, and encourage them to join you to hear those stories themselves. 

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Click one the following links for information about joining us as a Sponsor or Table Captain.

View last year's luncheon video here. 


Women and the Holocaust - Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

PLU-holocaust-conference-banner2016October 17-19, 2016 | Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma | Free and open to the public 


Why study women and their experiences in the Holocaust? It was not until the 1980s that historians such as Joan Ringelheim and other academics began to ask the question “Where are the women?” in the story of the Holocaust. This conference is not an attempt to create a competition of suffering between males and females. It is merely an acknowledgement that women’s experiences, because of their gender and socialization, were simply different from men’s.

In the words of historian Myrna Goldenberg, both sexes experienced “different horrors, but the same hell.” Our conference scholars will present their latest research on women in the Holocaust — not as just victims, but as survivors, rescuers, collaborators and even as perpetrators. John Stuart Mill once wrote that the way a society treats women tells us a great deal about how civilized that society is. By exploring the position of women in the Holocaust, we are revealing what half of the world’s population experienced, thereby enhancing our understanding of the chaos and destruction that was the Holocaust.

Schedule include top scholars and innovative research by students, musical performance, and a presentation from a survivor.  

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The Holocaust Center for Humanity is a proud sponsor of the Powell-Heller Conference.


Teacher Seminar: Echoes and Reflections

TeachersBelSem2012Friday, November 4, 2016 | 8:30am - 3:00pm | East Valley Middle School, 4920 N. Progress Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 


Echoes and Reflections prepares teachers to teach the complex history of the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement, critical thinking, and personal understanding among students. This comprehensive program delivers professional development and a rich array of interactive resources for middle and high school teachers. All participants will receive a free multi-media curriculum.


Registration deadline: October 24, 2016. Regsitration fee: $20.00. Lunch and clock hours provided.

Carla Peperzak: Holocaust Survivor and Resistance Fighter
Nov. 3, 2016 | 7:00pm | Trent Elementary, Spokane
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Join us on November 3, 2016 to hear Holocaust survivor Carla Peperzak share her incredible story of resistance and survival. 7:00pm. Trent Elementary Auditorium, 3303 N. Pines Rd, Spokane. Free and open to the public.

A joint program of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. 

With My Own Eyes - Exhibit

WMOE Exhibit ImageNovember 1, 2016 - August 2017 | 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.

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General Admission | Student Groups | Adult Groups

1,500 Stones to Remember 1.5 Million Children

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Join us at the Holocaust Center to paint stones honoring the 1,500,000 children lost during the Holocaust. The stones will be placed at the Anne Frank Tree, which is planted in the Seattle Center's Peace Garden. This activity will be offered every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

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1,500 Stones to Remember the 1.5 Million Children

Join us at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity to paint stones honoring the 1,500,000 children lost during the Holocaust. The stones will be placed at the Anne Frank Tree, which is planted in the Seattle Center's Peace Garden. This activity will be offered every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. (The Holocaust Center will be closed August 10.) Group stone painting may be combined with museum tours weekdays, by appointment.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is one of 11 U.S. organizations that received a sapling from the original Anne Frank Tree in Amsterdam. The sapling was planted in 2016 at the Seattle Center and was dedicated to the city of Seattle. (More about the Anne Frank Tree)

Stones painted by participating children will be placed at the base of the Anne Frank tree as an act of remembrance and hope. In the Jewish faith, stones are placed as symbols of life and memory.

During their visit to the Holocaust Center, children and their families can explore the Center’s current exhibition and artifacts from local Holocaust survivors and their families. exhibit includes artifacts on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.

The exhibition challenges visitors to consider how each of us makes a difference through our words and actions. 

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24th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival

October 12-23, 2016 | SIFF

Jewish/Polish movies of extraordinary people who have made a difference.  Films include, "Raise the Roof," "The Righteous," "Persona Non Grata," and "In Search of the Lost Landscape." Find out more


The Holocaust in the Soviet Union

October 13, 2016 | Thomson Hall, University of Washington, Seattle
Presented by the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies.  Dr. Daniel Newman will discuss the experiences of Holocaust victims in the Soviet Union as well as the divisiveness of the memory of the Holocaust in the postwar USSR. Additionally, he will address the political factors affecting the remembrance of the Holocaust and argue that it is essential to study this horrific tragedy both in the context of Holocaust history and also in the context of politics and conflict in the former USSR. The Holocaust Center for Humanity is proud to sponsor this event.  Find out more

POLAND: Holocaust Study Trip 2017

June 25 - July 2, 2017 


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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.