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Holocaust Museums Issue Joint Statement on Antisemitic Vandalism in Florida

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 3, 2021 -- We unequivocally condemn the cowardly and despicable act of vandalism at The Florida Holocaust Museum on May 27. The abhorrent graffiti and hateful rhetoric that defaced the museum is an act of antisemitism, hatred and violence targeting Jews.

We will not be intimidated or waver in the mission of each of our organizations to educate on the dangers of unchecked hate. Holocaust education increases empathy, improves open-mindedness to differing viewpoints, and creates a greater sense of social responsibility and willingness to stand up to negative stereotyping and discrimination.

The lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant today because Nazi Germany's ultimate hatred shows how far human beings are willing to go to destroy those who are different from themselves. We need to understand what happens when hatred and prejudice is not stopped.

Hundreds of thousands of people visit our museums each year. The most important lesson we teach about the Holocaust is that history is made through a series of choices and that every choice has a consequence. Choices by individuals have power. At a time when hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, we fervently encourage everyone to denounce antisemitic and all hate speech, hate groups, and acts of violence.

Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld 
Holocaust Memorial Center, Michigan   

Mary Pat Higgins
President & CEO
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum   

Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga
Holocaust Museum Houston  

Beth Kean
Holocaust Museum LA  

Susan Abrams
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center  

Jack Kliger
President & CEO
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
New York  

Elizabeth Gelman
Executive Director
The Florida Holocaust Museum

SOURCE Holocaust Memorial Center, Michigan