February 1, 2022
For the 10th year, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio partnered with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation to host Learn & Remember this past January. The theme for 2022 was “Immigration and Refugees,” which focused on the experience of those that escaped the persecution of the Holocaust by fleeing to other parts of the world, either as immigrants or refugees.
This year’s programming was held virtually and in person, including an exhibit sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio that was displayed at the Westfall Branch of the San Antonio Public Library from January 3-27. The museum’s exhibit, The Displaced Persons Camps: Rebuilding Culture and Community in the Aftermath of World War II, documented life in the camps following WWII. This exhibition explores the resurgence of Jewish life in the aftermath of the Holocaust and consists of over 20 panels and is suitable for grades 6 and up. Viewers were able to consider the experiences of the displaced survivors related to current events, especially related to refugee experiences and resettlement. The exhibit was originally created by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County and made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was visited more than 150 times over the month of January.
The library hosted both in-person and virtual programs including presentations by Dr. Roger Barnes of the University of the Incarnate Word, Dr. Alberto Giordano of Texas State University, Dr. Francis Galan, authors Norman H. Finkelstein, and HMMSA docent Reyna Stovall. A closing presentation was held on Thursday, January 27th with keynote speaker Dan Ottenheimer. The presentations were viewed by more than 340 people.
You can access the recorded Learn & Remember programs at the San Antonio Public Library’s YouTube channel.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is a program of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. To learn more, visit hmmsa.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org