Police Training at the Holocaust Center

By Christina Sahovey While Mondays are not exactly…well, anyone’s favorite day of the week, Monday, February 26th was an exciting day at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh! The Center hosted its first-ever Law Enforcement and Society in the Holocaust course for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. We welcomed 25 recruits (future police officers, still in … Continue reading Police Training at the Holocaust Center

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A Very Israeli Name: Discovering My Family’s Escape and Loss in the Holocaust

By Jackie Shimshoni When folks hear my last name (Shimshoni), after giving a blank look and asking how that’s spelled, there’s inevitably one of two reactions. If the person is American, they will guess it is some sort of Native American (a la Shoshone tribe) or Asian. If the person I’m talking to is Israeli, … Continue reading A Very Israeli Name: Discovering My Family’s Escape and Loss in the Holocaust

Announcing the Winners of the Waldman International!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition! Visual Arts Middle School First Place: Butterfly Catcher- Noah Lewis Second Place: Silence – Emma Turnbull Third Place: Pieces- Sheina Ehven High School First Place: Sculpture – Emily Helman Second Place: Flower of Hope – Lauren Lucas Third Place: … Continue reading Announcing the Winners of the Waldman International!

Escape From the Holocaust: An Introduction to Aliyah Bet

By Lauren Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh “Illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine prior to the founding of the State of Israel forms one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of Zionism and modern Jewish history. Bringing Jews from Europe to Palestine by land and by sea in defiance of restrictive … Continue reading Escape From the Holocaust: An Introduction to Aliyah Bet

CHUTZ-POW! Educating About the Holocaust Through the Arts

On February 11, our next exhibit, CHUTZ-POW! The Art of Resistance, opens. This opening coincides with the highly anticipated release of CHUTZ-POW! Volume III: The Young Survivors. Today’s blog shares what The Art of Resistance is all about, as well as the many upcoming events we are hosting in conjunction with the exhibit and book … Continue reading CHUTZ-POW! Educating About the Holocaust Through the Arts

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Part III: A Letter From the Director

by Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh January 27, 1945 – Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi concentration camp in Poland. In 2005, the United Nations introduced International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be observed each year on January 27. The UN Holiday is designated an International day of commemoration in … Continue reading International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Part III: A Letter From the Director

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Part II: Diving in to Sephardic Culture

The last post spoke about the destruction that Sephardic Jews encountered during the Holocaust; this post talks more about the unique culture that the Nazis failed to destroy. Sephardic Judaism and Islam Given the current hostility of relations in the Middle East, it can seem easy to believe that relations between Jews and Muslims have … Continue reading International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Part II: Diving in to Sephardic Culture