By placing survivors front and center, this exhibit takes a micro-historical approach to a presentation of the vast and complex history of the Holocaust. Here, history is narrated by those who were its subjects not its victors. This is an exceptional approach to History in that survival was an exception in the Jewish experience of the so-called “Final Solution.” Here we have an exhibit cut by extremes: the horror of genocide juxtaposed with the beauty and complexity of the lives lived after.
The Jewish History Museum is Arizona’s first synagogue. A historic house next door was renovated to provide a 1,800 s.f. Holocaust History Center. Work included restoring the exterior of the house to meet the City’s historic guidelines, and developing a campus for the two buildings with plans for a future Holocaust library, storage, and memorial garden.
The exhibit presents a clean divide between history on one side and what came after on the other, reality is far more complicated. The force of history pervades the present, shapes it and refuses to be compartmentalized. The individuals featured in this exhibit all experienced immeasurable loss. Many suffered mightily, and, miraculously, persevered to accomplish great things. Those who were there gaze at the past, they see us in the present, and they challenge us to do better. The interior of the former residence will be opened up to provide modern, expansive space for displays and classes with state of the art video systems while respecting the need for remembrance and historic significance. Learn more at: Jewish History Museum