February 5, 2021
For the 9th year, the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio partnered with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation to host the annual Learn & Remember Holocaust eduction program in January 2021. The theme for 2021 was “Isolation” and focused on aspects of the Holocaust related to discrimination, segregation, attempts to hide, social death, and the psychological effects of loss on the victims. In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, this theme was something that many could relate to on a very personal level.
Typically Learn & Remember is held in-person at public library branch locations around the city as well as the exhibit spaces of the museum. This year all of the programming was held virtually.
The museum’s exhibit, Isolation, was hosted on hmmsa.org and will remain accessible there for the remainder of 2021. Each section of the exhibit features quotes and video clips from Holocaust survivors discussing their personal experiences relating to that section of the exhibit, and video clips, produced by Jewish Family Service, discussing the scientifically known effects of isolation and trauma. The online exhibit is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was visited online more than 1,750 times over the month of January, reaching visitors from around the world.
The virtual programs included presentations by Dr. Roger Barnes of the University of the Incarnate Word, Dr. Edward Westermann of Texas A&M-San Antonio, Pieter Kohnstam and Evi Blaikie from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, and HMMSA docents, Gene Festa, Liz Reichman, and Reyna Stovall.
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