Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is a non-profit agency that educates the Western New York community on the lessons of the Holocaust.

Founded in 1983, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is committed to heightening public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. This is achieved through documentation and personal testimony of local holocaust survivors, through the education of future generations with in-school visits and presentations, and through a wide-range of in-service workshops, along with the distribu

Founded in 1983, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is committed to heightening public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. This is achieved through documentation and personal testimony of local holocaust survivors, through the education of future generations with in-school visits and presentations, and through a wide-range of in-service workshops, along with the distribu

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Today is the FINAL day to push our legislators to pass two bills that will allow the commissioner of educator to evaluat...
06/09/2021
Ensure New York Leads The Nation In Holocaust Education

Today is the FINAL day to push our legislators to pass two bills that will allow the commissioner of educator to evaluate how New York school districts are teaching about the Holocaust!

Please take 2 minutes to fill out the attached form.

Thank you!
https://cqrcengage.com/hadassah/app/write-a-letter?1&engagementId=511980

Ensure New York Leads The Nation In Holocaust Education Holocaust education should be robust, comprehensive and effective. New York lawmakers are working to strengthen Holocaust education through two bills, S.121 and A.472, that will allow the commissioner of education to review how New York’s 700...

Thank you Senator Sean M. Ryan and Assemblymember Nily Rozic for visiting with us today. We are proud to support legisla...
06/03/2021

Thank you Senator Sean M. Ryan and Assemblymember Nily Rozic for visiting with us today. We are proud to support legislation that will evaluate and enhance Holocaust education around New York State.

We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award is Jim Gang!Nam...
06/01/2021

We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award is Jim Gang!

Named after the founder of the HRC, the Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award is given each year to an outstanding educator who has dedicated a significant amount of time and energy teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust. Jim has been teaching Social Studies at Hamburg High School (Hamburg, New York) for 20 years where he has made it his life’s work to bring the story of the Holocaust to the lives of his students. Jim's friend and colleague, Andrew Beiter claimed, "For Jim, it is not enough simply to have his classes study the event from an academic perspective; but rather, to use this important material to inspire his students to make a difference in their communities, nation, and world. Through creating a Holocaust and Genocide Studies semester elective a few years ago, he has provided a platform that has reached and inspired hundreds of students, culminating in them doing acts of public service that are remarkable and inspiring."

In addition, Jim served as a founding member of HRC’s New Generation Education Initiative where he spent three years videotaping and producing classroom-ready films that feature the stories of 12 local Holocaust Survivors. We are extremely grateful that Jim preserved the memories of these Holocaust Survivors and ensured that their testimonies would accessible to teachers and students year-round.
These video testimonies can be found here: http://www.hrcbuffalo.org/survivors-1

Jim has also:
-attended the Belfer Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
-been recognized as a National Teacher Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
-been a Robert H. Jackson Center Teacher Fellow in Jamestown, creating a lesson that uses the evidence of Nuremberg as a firewall against Holocaust denial
-served as the Associate Director for the Academy for Human Rights
-created human rights curriculum for the Human Rights Division of the AFT - American Federation of Teachers

Thank you for your phenomenal work Jim Gang!

We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award is Jim Gang!

Named after the founder of the HRC, the Toby Ticktin Back Education and Excellence Award is given each year to an outstanding educator who has dedicated a significant amount of time and energy teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust. Jim has been teaching Social Studies at Hamburg High School (Hamburg, New York) for 20 years where he has made it his life’s work to bring the story of the Holocaust to the lives of his students. Jim's friend and colleague, Andrew Beiter claimed, "For Jim, it is not enough simply to have his classes study the event from an academic perspective; but rather, to use this important material to inspire his students to make a difference in their communities, nation, and world. Through creating a Holocaust and Genocide Studies semester elective a few years ago, he has provided a platform that has reached and inspired hundreds of students, culminating in them doing acts of public service that are remarkable and inspiring."

In addition, Jim served as a founding member of HRC’s New Generation Education Initiative where he spent three years videotaping and producing classroom-ready films that feature the stories of 12 local Holocaust Survivors. We are extremely grateful that Jim preserved the memories of these Holocaust Survivors and ensured that their testimonies would accessible to teachers and students year-round.
These video testimonies can be found here: http://www.hrcbuffalo.org/survivors-1

Jim has also:
-attended the Belfer Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
-been recognized as a National Teacher Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
-been a Robert H. Jackson Center Teacher Fellow in Jamestown, creating a lesson that uses the evidence of Nuremberg as a firewall against Holocaust denial
-served as the Associate Director for the Academy for Human Rights
-created human rights curriculum for the Human Rights Division of the AFT - American Federation of Teachers

Thank you for your phenomenal work Jim Gang!

In response to the rise of horrifying antisemitic attacks, please read this open letter from Holocaust Survivors to Amer...
05/28/2021
Open Letter From Holocaust Survivors

In response to the rise of horrifying antisemitic attacks, please read this open letter from Holocaust Survivors to American leaders and citizens:

"We are 50 Holocaust survivors who volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. We are proud Americans, eternally grateful to this great nation that became our home after the war and enabled us to live in freedom and rebuild our lives and families. Yet today, our solemn obligation to the memory of those who were murdered in the most destructive eruption of antisemitism the world has ever experienced compels us to write this open letter to our leaders and fellow citizens.

We are seeing an alarming confluence of events that we never imagined we would witness in our adopted homeland. We cannot remain silent in the wake of the recent antisemitic attacks in cities and towns across the country. We know firsthand the danger of unchecked antisemitism. This targeted violence is happening as we also watch with great dismay a persistent and increasing tendency in American public life to invoke the Holocaust for the purpose of promoting another agenda.

It is deeply painful for us to see our personal history—the systematic destruction of our families and communities and murder of six million Jewish men, women, and children—exploited in this way. What we survived should be remembered, studied, and learned from, but never misused.

We thank those leaders in government and other sectors of American society, including business, academia, religious, and civic, who have forcefully rejected antisemitism and the misuse of the Holocaust in our national discourse. We call on all leaders and citizens to do the same."
https://www.ushmm.org/information/press/press-releases/open-letter-to-american-leaders-and-citizens-from-a-community-of-holocaust-survivors

An open letter to American leaders and citizens from a community of survivors at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

We stand with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council in condemning the...
05/25/2021
JCPA Condemns Antisemitic Incidents in the Wake of Israel-Hamas Hostilities

We stand with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council in condemning the recent horrifying antisemitic incidents:

"New York, NY — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national network hub of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies, expresses its deep concern with the alarming rise in antisemitic incidents in the United States. We urge civic, political, and faith leaders to denounce these acts of violence and intimidation immediately and intensify efforts to combat this surge in antisemitism, hate, and bigotry.

Since the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas, there has been an increased number of violent attacks on American Jews, vandalism of Jewish institutions and spread of antisemitic rhetoric, particularly on social media. Criticism of a particular policy or action of Israel’s government, even if harsh, may not be antisemitic. However, it is not acceptable to attack or assault people or property because they are or are perceived to be Jewish or linked to Jews, nor to call for the genocide of the Jewish people or the annihilation of Israel and its citizens.

JCPA believes that antisemitism is inextricably linked to other forms of hate and bigotry, which have risen significantly over the last few years. It is crucial that we continue to fight them together and build upon the victories, such as the enactment of the NO HATE Act, that we achieve by joining forces across our diverse communities and standing in solidarity with each other."

New York, NY — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national network hub of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies, expresses its deep concern with the alarming rise in antisemitic incidents in the United States. We urge civic, political, and faith lea...

Please join us on Thursday, May 20th at 5:30pm for our Upstander Celebration-free and open to the public!Register here: ...
05/14/2021

Please join us on Thursday, May 20th at 5:30pm for our Upstander Celebration-free and open to the public!
Register here: www.bit.ly/UpstanderEvent2021

We are honored to recognize David Rust and Kinja Bagalwa:

David Rust has been the Executive Director of Say Yes Buffalo for the past 8 years. Say Yes Buffalo is a non-profit education foundation committed to educational equity by providing the resources necessary to dramatically increase high school and postsecondary completion rates in the City of Buffalo. Prior to his role there, Mr. Rust served as Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services/Social Services for Erie County with a primary focus on juvenile detention and diversion services, runaway/homeless youth services, and funding community-based, positive programs for youth.

Kinja Bagalwa is a 12th Grader at Hutchinson Central Technical High School where she's the President of her French Club, a member of/mentor for JROTC, and is in the top 10% of her class. She has logged over 90 hours of community service-from being an interpreter for newcomer families who speak Swahili to volunteering in the Labor and Delivery unit at Catholic Health. In addition, she interned at the Explore and More Children’s Museum and for the Mayor’s Summer Youth program.

Please join us on Thursday, May 20th at 5:30pm for our Upstander Celebration-free and open to the public!
Register here: www.bit.ly/UpstanderEvent2021

We are honored to recognize David Rust and Kinja Bagalwa:

David Rust has been the Executive Director of Say Yes Buffalo for the past 8 years. Say Yes Buffalo is a non-profit education foundation committed to educational equity by providing the resources necessary to dramatically increase high school and postsecondary completion rates in the City of Buffalo. Prior to his role there, Mr. Rust served as Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services/Social Services for Erie County with a primary focus on juvenile detention and diversion services, runaway/homeless youth services, and funding community-based, positive programs for youth.

Kinja Bagalwa is a 12th Grader at Hutchinson Central Technical High School where she's the President of her French Club, a member of/mentor for JROTC, and is in the top 10% of her class. She has logged over 90 hours of community service-from being an interpreter for newcomer families who speak Swahili to volunteering in the Labor and Delivery unit at Catholic Health. In addition, she interned at the Explore and More Children’s Museum and for the Mayor’s Summer Youth program.

We’ve received some amazing art submissions for our Arts and Writing Contest! Theme: Who will share our stories when we ...
04/28/2021

We’ve received some amazing art submissions for our Arts and Writing Contest!

Theme:
Who will share our stories when we are gone?

We’ve received some amazing art submissions for our Arts and Writing Contest!

Theme:
Who will share our stories when we are gone?

Timeline Photos
04/26/2021

Timeline Photos

Registration is open for the Academy for Human Rights and Erie 1 BOCES spring webinar featuring Talia Lavin on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 PM EST!

Understanding White Supremacy: An Evening with Talia Lavin will inspire and equip educators to teach about white supremacy and how their students can combat it in their community. Lavin is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and author of 'Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy,' a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice/Staff Pick and Time Magazine's '100 Must-Read Books of 2020.'

Registration is $20 and includes a copy of 'Culture Warlords' and 1 hour of professional development credit for educators.

Learn more and register here: http://www.academyforhumanrights.org/understanding-white-supremacy.html

To kick off the Buffalo Intl. Jewish Film Festival, please join us for the screening of The Samuel Project! Thursday, Ap...
04/15/2021

To kick off the Buffalo Intl. Jewish Film Festival, please join us for the screening of The Samuel Project!
Thursday, April 22nd at 8:30pm at the Transit Drive-In Theatre

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aDjaNmFtCM
Tickets can be purchased here: www.bijff.com

Next Thursday, April 22 join the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival for the Kick-Off event at the Transit Drive-In with a screening of the film The Samuel Project.

Purchase tickets in advance www.bijff.com

Attention all WNY students in grades 7-12: Apply now for our 2021 Arts and Writing Contest! For more information and the...
04/13/2021

Attention all WNY students in grades 7-12:

Apply now for our 2021 Arts and Writing Contest!

For more information and the application link, please visit www.hrcbuffalo.org/artsandwriting

Attention all WNY students in grades 7-12:

Apply now for our 2021 Arts and Writing Contest!

For more information and the application link, please visit www.hrcbuffalo.org/artsandwriting

Thank you to The Buffalo News for sharing Sonia Klein’s important story. To hear and honor the stories of more local Hol...
04/09/2021
Sean Kirst: 'I won't be silent if I live': At 96, Holocaust survivor honors promise

Thank you to The Buffalo News for sharing Sonia Klein’s important story.

To hear and honor the stories of more local Holocaust Survivors, please join us this Sunday at 11:00am for our virtual Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) Program.
Click here to register: www.bit.ly/BuffaloYomHaShoah2021

Conscious of the swift passing of her generation, Holocaust survivor Sonia Klein fears what happens without the sharp edge of eyewitness memory.

Nominate a student today for HRC's Student Upstander Award! To be eligible, all nominated students must be currently enr...
03/01/2021
Student Upstander Award Nomination

Nominate a student today for HRC's Student Upstander Award!

To be eligible, all nominated students must be currently enrolled in a Buffalo Public or Charter School and in grades 9-12.

Recipients of the Student Upstander Award will be decided by April 1, 2021 and will be honored at the HRC's Virtual Upstander Event on May 20, 2021 at 5:30pm.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefzOiaXTBmfilbHJokbAAvjlAfwQ9wCSH9i_aFmV4-K1bSvw/viewform

Upstanders change our world for the better; these individuals embody the integrity of our communities. In instances when a student exhibits acts of courage and chooses to fearlessly defend what is just, their actions merit recognition. The Student Upstander Award honors those who choose to not sit i...

Be an #upstander today and help out our friends in Texas!
02/25/2021

Be an #upstander today and help out our friends in Texas!

If any community knows about the devastating impact of severe weather, it is those of us in Buffalo. We have weathered many storms and earned the proud title City of Good Neighbors, because we are always here for each other. Last week, our friends in Texas experienced one of the most severe storms in their history – living without power during freezing temperatures, some with no running water, and homes now in ruin from bursting pipes. People are burning furniture to stay warm.

Join us and give generously to the City of Good Neighbors Campaign – where every dollar will be donated to help our friends in Texas. http://bit.ly/cityofgoodneighbors

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Remembering Gilbert Mazuz za"l Dec. 9, 1942 – Death of Gilbert Mazuz, za”l, shot in N**i-occupied Vichy Tunisia, in The Shoah in France: The First Round Up of the Jews in N**i-occupied Vichy Tunisia. Context: Today, it is difficult to visualize the three Arab North African Arab countries of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco as part of France, and the persecution of the Jews there as part of the Shoah in France, as correctly described by Yad Vashem’s academic advisor Yehuda Bauer in his book The Holocaust. The fact is that “France” was, and still is, a transcontinental empire nation consisting of metropolitan France (la Metropole), located in continental France, and its oversea empire called “Overseas France” (France d’Outre-Mer; that’s why France in German is called Frankreich). Thus, during the Shoah, the close-by French territories in North Africa, called “France on the other side of the Mediterranean,” were part of Europe, a political imperial Europe. And Hi**er defined Europe as “the European nations and their colonies.” The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure appropriately states the Holocaust occurred in “Europe, including the North African colonies.” And it is INCORRECT to write and talk about “the Shoah in North Africa,” BUT one must write: THE. SHOAH IN FRANCE, INCLUSIVE OF THE JEWS IN FRANCE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, in Vichy Tunisia, Vichy Algeria, and Vichy Morocco. Indeed, following the 1940 French-German armistice during World War II and the Shoah in France, Field-Marshal Henri-Philippe Pétain, the head of the new French Vichy regime, governed the southern part of France in continental Europe (metropolitan Vichy), and French North Africa as the unoccupied territories of Vichy Tunisia, Vichy Algeria, and Vichy Morocco, while most of the northern part of Metropolitan/continental France came under direct German military administration. Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acknowledge that French North Africa was an integral part of Vichy France. Therefore, during the Shoah in France, 700,000 Jews (300,000 in metropolitan France and 400,000 in Vichy North Africa) came under the German sphere of influence, because Pétain decided to collaborate with Hi**er. “In the name of France and state antisemitism,” and to solve “the Jewish question,” collaborationist Pétain enacted two antisemitic Statut des Juifs (October 1940 and June 1941) to be applicable, de facto and de jure, not only in metropolitan France, but also in Vichy Tunisia, Vichy Algeria, and Vichy Morocco. Persecuted by the same pro-N**i ruler, the Vichy Jews living on France’s both sides of the Mediterranean Sea suffered the same fate. They were identified, counted, ostracized, isolated, systematically discriminated, objectified, incarcerated, diabolized and deprived of their civil rights and property – the preparatory measures that laid the foundation for an annihilation. The bureaucracy and the machinery to implement the “Final Solution” were set for them. – one people, one destiny. Ahdut am, ahdut goral. On November 8, 1942, Operation Torch began, to open a second front in the European theater of the war, at the request of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. US and British forces, led by American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe, landed on the beaches of of the French territories of Vichy Morocco and Vichy Algeria. Eisenhower wrote the story in his memoir Crusade in Europe. The Allies successfully fought against Vichy France forces. On November 10, they started to advance toward Tunis, in order to invade Italy and continue to N**i Germany. But, the Allied landings during Operation Torch triggered the simultaneous invasion of Vichy metropolitan France and Vichy Tunisia by Hi**er’s forces, on November 10 and 9, respectively. An Einsatzkommando unit (an SS task force, a unit of the Einsatzgruppen mobile killing squads in charge of annihilating Jews) led by SS commander Walter Rauff, who was responsible for the murder of Jews in N**i-occupied Eastern Europe using mobile gas vans, also entered Tunis, prepared to continue to implement the “Final Solution,” started by Vichy France. He was empowered to “take executive measures against the civilian population” – N**i jargon for robbery, murder and enslavement.” During its six months of occupation, the ruthless N**i regime forced the creation of local Judenrat, and imposed antisemitic policies, including fines, confiscation of property and the forced wearing of the yellow badge (Star of David) by Jews, especially in Mahdia, Nabeul, Sousse and Sfax. About 5,000 Jews were sent to more than 30 forced labor camps. ON DECEMBER 9, a German soldier shot in cold blood the first Shoah victim, Gilbert Mazuz, a young handicapped man who couldn’t anymore march to the slave labor camp. At its Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, where it records the Shoah victims, Yad Vashem has a Page of Testimony for him. In May 13, 1943, the Allies involved in Operation Torch liberated the 100,0 00 Jews of N**i-occupied Vichy Tunisia where about 700 are known to have died. So, like the Jews of Denmark, who were evacuated to neutral Sweden, a total of about 100,000 Vichy Jews were spared the deadly mass deportations that took place in the rest of N**i-occupied Europe, because of Operation Torch. Today, the Jews of the French protectorates of Tunisia and Morocco, and of the three departments of French Algeria, who suffered during N**i occupation of France, receive Holocaust compensation payments, just as the Jews of mainland France do. Edith Shaked, a specialist of the Shoah in France. She is a member of the advisory board of H-Holocaust, an international academic consortium/H-Net’s network for scholars of the Holocaust.
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This One-of-a-kind book begins with a grandson/grandfather interview and goes through the full life experience of two Holocaust Survivors. Available in paperback, Kindle, Kindle Unlimited. Here's a summary; My grandparents, Jack and Genia Grinbaum, managed to Survive and Thrive under the most cruel of circumstances. Born in Poland in the 1920's they were on their way to a hard-working and fulfilling family-oriented lives. While Anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions were a part of day-to-day life in their Polish villages, their families had lives that were filled with meaning and purpose. And then came the Holocaust. Grandpa Jack lost his mother, his father, two brothers and countless other family members and friends. He survived the Miechow Ghetto, several Concentration Camps (escaping twice, once from Plaszow, the Camp shown in Schindler's List) and another near death experience at a Pogrom in Kelce, Poland. While this would have been enough to break most men, Grandpa Jack survived...and then he thrived. While in Kelce he married Genia, went to another Displaced Persons Camp (Regensberg) and found a way to enter Belgium illegally and use his tailoring skills to impress enough people to be granted a Green Card. He paid for his wife, her only surviving sister and her new husband to join him in Belgium. Success, on a grand scale, was just around the corner for Grandpa Jack, first in Belgium and then in the United States. It was an unusual, inspiring journey for Milwaukee, Wisconsin's premier retailer of men's formal wear. My Grandma Genia was a partner through it all. She came from a religious family in Maczki, just outside of Sosnoweic, Poland. She witnessed the murder of her parents and four of her sisters. She also lost her brother in Auschwitz. Grandma Genia suvived well over four years of pure hell, almost all of it at Parschnitz Concentration Camp. While she re--united with her only surviving sister and a few distant cousins, her life was destroyed. While Grandma Genia had moments of happiness and joy after the war, the PTSD symptoms and bi-polar symptoms would haunt her until she would pass away. Grandma Genia was a true angel who suffered through unspeakable horrors that go beyond description. Despite living with a heavy heart, she raised a daughter and had two grandchildren and was the most wonderful, kindest human being that I have ever known. This book begins with a grandson/grandfather interview. This was primarily taken from my 2011 interview with Grandpa Jack but pieces were also taken from previous interviews in the late 1980's, 1990's and one from 2009. The Grinbaum's were incredibly generous to share these experience with me so that others could learn about the good and the unspeakably evil that lurks in human souls. This book then has inspirational, funny stories about the Grinbaums as well as some suggestions for what "we" should do to carry on the Legacy. There are interviews with people who knew the Grinbaums before the war, dozens and dozens of pictures and much more. This book will leave you inspired and help you gain a new perspective of "what's possible" in both good and bad ways. Whether you are new to the study of the Holocaust or whether you have read a lot of books on this topic, this book will provide you with a unique perspective, knowledge of time period and a sense of the Survivor-Spirit.
Hi I am a writer from western NY (Attica). Last year a young man asked me ‘what’s the Holocaust?’ I was stunned of course so I wrote the book ‘This is Mauthausen’ for those with little knowledge of the Holocaust. The S W Center (E. Zuroff) and Yad Vashem were key in answering some key questions for me. I am working on 2 projects now one on the 72 Olympics and the other on camp Madjanek and am seeking to expand my contacts…peace Rob
Handel Educators with Megan Chabalowski Program Officer, Public Education, U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington D.C.