Traveling Holocaust Exhibit Opens In Glen Cove

Originally published in Patch on November 24, 2021.

A traveling exhibit, called "Courage to Remember," is now open at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

GLEN COVE, NY — A traveling exhibit that pays tribute to the six million Jews who were murdered by Nazis between 1933 and 1945 can now be seen in Glen Cove.

"Courage to Remember" was unveiled Monday by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. It was prepared by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations, and has been seen by millions around the world.

"HMTC is honored to be a home for the 'Courage to Remember' exhibition and looks to share its content throughout Long Island, both in our building and through partnerships with schools and community organizations," said Andrea Bolender, the museum's acting executive director.

"As the exhibition also emphasizes, we must have the courage to remember and study this disturbing and troubling history, for only informed, understanding and morally committed individuals can prevent such persecution from happening again," she added.

The exhibit unfolds through four major themes: Nazi Germany, 1933-1938; Moving Toward the "Final Solution," 1939-1941; Annihilation in Nazi-occupied Europe, 1941-1945; and Liberation, Building New Lives.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of the Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said it is critically important to teach the lessons of the Holocaust to young people.

New York State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) — who attended the exhibit's grand opening ceremony on Monday — echoed Cooper's sentiment, stating that history is doomed to repeat itself if people don't teach children about the Holocaust.

"I'm so grateful to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the HMTC for bringing this vitally important exhibition to our community, and I urge every parent and teacher to bring their kids to see it," Kaplan said.