ORLANDO, Fla. — The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida will partner with USC Shoah Foundation as part of its new museum.
Started in 1994 by Steven Spielberg after his experiences filming Schindler’s List, the Foundation records interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust to be used in educating the public.
“This is an incredibly smart, powerful, and prestigious partnership that benefits from the expertise, experience, and shared vision of USC Shoah Foundation,” said Pamela Kancher, executive director of The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida.
This marks the first time that USC Shoah Foundation has teamed with a Holocaust museum to design, develop, and implement a permanent museum-wide exhibition.
Once finished, the new museum will include interactive exhibits that will allow visitors to ask questions and receive answers in real-time from interviews with Holocaust survivors.
"For the first time, the eyewitness accounts of the survivors will form the beating heart of a museum dedicated to sharing their stories,” said Smith.
The center hopes that the new exhibit will use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to create a better understanding within the community.
“Orlando has shown itself to be a community that cares about human rights and justice, which is why building this new museum and welcoming the USC Shoah Foundation partnership is both important and appropriate,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
The center was founded in 1981 as part of the Holocaust Project of Valencia Community College by Tess Wise, a Holocaust survivor from Poland.
Since then, the center has been dedicated to “building a respectful and inclusive community where diversity is celebrated.”
“This partnership will continue to teach important lessons from history and in ways that engage and remain memorable. That’s how we change the future,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.
In 2018, the center announced that it would move from its 7,000-square-foot space in Maitland to the old Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Orlando.
The center hopes to break ground on the new location sometime in early 2022.
You can learn more about the Orlando Holocaust Center here.