More than 50 SVPSA partners and guests toured the San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum on February 13th as a part of our monthly engagement programs. Ellen Ollervidez, Executive Director, gave an overview of the history of the collection, which opened in 2000, and told of the education programs offered throughout the year.
“It is imperative that we teach Holocaust history- it allows us to study basic moral issues, human behavior, and what it means to be a responsible citizen. It is nearly 75 years after the conclusion of WWII, and it is astonishing, it is troubling the number of individuals who are ignorant of Holocaust history. There are even those that deny the Holocaust ever occurred,” Ollervidez told the group.
Becky Hoag, a Senior docent with the museum and retired teacher gave examples of how she has utilized the museum and its artifacts to create curriculum for her classrooms for several decades. She said she now hears from them years later and thanks her for her lessons that were drawn from the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum is free and open to the public, M-F from 9-3 and Sundays from 1-4. Donations are accepted.
It’s mission is to teach the community about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.