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Fourth Annual Powell Holocaust Summer Institute  
August 5-9, 2019 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle


Participants will explore topics related to Holocaust history, including antisemitism, rescue and resistance, genocide, non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Japanese Internment, current events, and local connections. Each day will focus on selected themes and will include reference and discussion of today’s world and practical applications for the classroom. Teachers will spend time working together in small groups to develop and prepare lessons for their classrooms.


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"I believe very strongly this is the most hopeful place in the city." - Local Holocaust Survivor Steve Adler

Finding Light in the Darkness - Through stories and artifacts of Washington State Holocaust survivors, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in this history and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference.

Visitors to the Holocaust Center can take a Virtual Reality tour of the Anne Frank annex, interact with embedded testimony screens that feature survivors and stories of coming to Seattle, explore artifacts that bring history to life, and learn about local students who are upstanders in their schools and communities.   



Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm
CLOSED for a special event, Wednesday March 6
Open Thursday, May 2 | 10am - 4pm | In honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day | Free

Group Tours & Field Trips by appointment everyday except Saturday
At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | 2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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At the entrance to the Holocaust Center for Humanity are photos of children who experienced the Holocaust. All are survivors who later moved to the Seattle region, with the exception of one. Come visit and learn more about the stories. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer. 


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A bookcase opens to reveal a photograph of the stairs leading to Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. Explore this feature and learn more about Anne Frank when you visit the Holocaust Center. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer. 


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A memorial to the 6 million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust and the millions of other victims invites visitors to leave notes, prayers and wishes at the Holocaust Center. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer. 

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Train tracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Designed by architects Olson Kundig. Photo by Stefanie Felix. 

This exhibit was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and The State of Washington.


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Friday, April 26 | Seattle Children's Theatre | Teen Night with Teen Tix  

Join TeenTix and SCT Friday, April 26 for an evening of food, connection, and a deeper look into The Diary of Anne Frank, a story of a powerful and hopeful young woman.

The night begins with a dramatic connection workshop on the themes of the show, followed by a kosher dinner. After the show, please join us for a post-show discussion with members of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Student Leadership Board. In conversation with SCT Teaching Artist Maddie Napel, students will discuss the resonance of the play’s impact in 2019.

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. : Free Workshop centered on themes of the show
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. : Kosher dinner before the performance
7:00 – 9:30 p.m. :The Diary of Anne Frank (including one 15-minute intermission)
9:30 – 9:45 p.m. : Post-show panel with the Holocaust Center for Humanity Student Leadership Board

Reservations for the workshop and dinner are required, and this RVSP form is for reservations for the complimentary workshop and dinner only. For tickets to the show itself, TeenTix Members can call the SCT Ticket Office at 206-441-3322 or purchase tickets at the Ticket Office the day of the show based on availability with a valid TeenTix Pass.

More information & Tickets for The Diary of Anne Frank


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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration | Sunday, May 5, 2019

2-4pm | Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium | Free and open to the public | Register Now  

Actress Samara Lerman presents her one-woman play, Cyla’s Gift. When the ghost of her grandmother starts visiting her at night, Samara is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. Cyla’s Gift is one woman’s exploration into her grandmother’s life journey as she seeks to connect, process, and share in the only way she knows how – storytelling.

The performance will be followed by a memorial candle-lighting with Holocaust survivors and the Holocaust Center's Student Leadership Board, music by Kesselgarden, and remarks from Rabbi Hassan, Sephardic Bikur Holim. 


Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day | Thursday, May 2, 2019

10am - 4pm | Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle | Free | Tickets  

Open in observance of Yom Hashoah, explore the new exhibit, Finding Light in the Darkness.


Planning a Holocaust Remembrance Day Program?

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15 Meaningful Ways to Commemorate Yom Hashoah


Thank you to our sponsors and community partners:

4 Culture | Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany | Anti-Defamation League | AJC Seattle | Hillel at the University of Washington | Jewish Family Service | The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle | Music of Remembrance | Sephardic Bikur Holim | Stroum Jewish Community Center | Washington State Jewish Historical Society


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We are in this together. Find out what you can do. Offered by the Holocaust Center for Humanity in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to confront growing antisemitism and intolerance.

The course examines connections between historic and contemporary antisemitism and addresses current events. This interactive, discussion-based program engages participants and provides practical tools for responding to antisemitism and hate in our society. 

"Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance" is a single 3-hour course.  

Location: Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
Free | Registration Required (no walk-ins) | Dinner provided | Space is limited | Participants commit to attending for the duration of the class | 3 clock hours are available for teachers

All classes run from 4:30pm - 7:30pm at the Holocaust Center for Humanity.  

Choose one date:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019 
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019 
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019


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Funding for Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance: A Program for the Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

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July 20 - 27, 2019 | Krakow, Berlin, Weimar | For Educators and Students | Learn More & Apply

As a teenager, Elie Wiesel, along with his father, spent the tail end of World War II trying to survive horrifying internment at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A memoir of this period in his life, written in 1960, became the Nobel Prize-winning novel, "Night." For almost 60 years, "Night" has been one of the primary resources of Holocaust history. In July of 2019, Museum Without Walls will take students and teachers on a journey to follow in the steps of Mr. Wiesel’s gripping story. The 9-day program is geared towards educators and students. Participants will travel to Krakow, Berlin, and Weimar to study Holocaust history from Mr. Wiesel’s perspective. Travelers can expect to receive a study notebook with copies of primary sources such as maps, timelines, documents and a copy of the newest edition of "Night.” Teachers will receive multiple lessons plans from our education director.

Offered by Museum Without Walls in partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity. 

Exhibit: Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

March 12 - April 26, 2019, M-F 9am-9pm | University of Washington Hillel | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Power of Protest: The Movement To Free Soviet Jews is a powerful exhibit from the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Washington State Jewish Historical Society is proud to display this exhibit alongside their own companion exhibit, The Soviet Jewish Experience: Washington State Stories. This local exhibit highlights local efforts made to free Soviet Jews along with stories from individuals who moved to Washington state from the Soviet Union. 

Play: The Diary of Anne Frank

April 4 - May 19, 2019 | Seattle Children's Theatre | Ages 9+ | Tickets
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett | Adapted by Wendy Kesselman | Directed by Janet Allen

"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."
This sobering true story of eight people living in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II, as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Anne Frank, comes to SCT as a co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre. Anne's words reach out to us over the generations, inspiring us to never forget, to never give up on the power and goodness of the human spirit, and to always "fill life with living."

April 21 | A Conversation with Laureen Nussbaum, Writer, Scholar, and Childhood Friend of Anne Frank | 2:30pm (one hour before the performance) | More Info

Laureen Nussbaum was born in Frankfurt/Germany several years before Hitler came to power as the middle daughter of the Klein family. In 1936 the Kleins fled to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, just like Anne Frank’s family had done a few years earlier. The two families knew each other in Frankfurt, but Laureen only remembers spending time with Anne and her older sister Margot in Amsterdam, where they lived in the same neighborhood.

Silent Film: The City Without Jews

April 15, 2019 | Paramount Theater | Doors at 6:00, Show at 7:00 | Tickets and Information

The City Without Jews/Die Stadt Ohne Juden (1924), directed by H.K. Breslauer, is based on the dystopian novel of the same title by Jewish author Hugo Bettauer. This Austrian Expressionist film predicted the rise of Nazism, with Jews attacked and forced to leave their homes. Shortly after the premiere of the film in 1924, the author was murdered by a member of the Nazi Party. The film was believed to have been lost for decades. After being rediscovered in a Paris flea market in 2015, it has now been restored and returned to the cinema screen. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including our Baral Family Executive Director, Dee Simon. 

Nameless Victims, Silent Voices: A Profile of Victims of the "Euthenasia" Program

Annual Raphael Lemkin Lecture and Award Ceremony | April 25, 2019 | 7:00pm Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma | Free and open to the public | More Info

Patricia Heberer-Rice, Ph.D., United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. From October 1939 until the final days of World War II, the “euthanasia” (T4) program claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 disabled patients residing in institutional settings throughout Germany and in certain regions of German-occupied Europe. Who were the victims of Nazi “euthanasia” policy? Until recently, relatively little research has attempted to reconstruct the lives and fates of T4 victims.

Film: Four Sisters

April 28, 2019 | Lynwood Theater, Bainbridge Island | 2:00pm | Learn More

Claude Lanzmann's last film Four Sisters will have its West Coast premiere at the Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island. Starting in 1999, Claude Lanzmann made several films that could be considered satellites of SHOAH, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work. In the last years of the late director’s life, he decided to devote a film to four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe. Film sponsored by Kol Shalom Congregation and curated by Tova Gannana. Please join us at Earth & Vine Wine Bar across the street from the Lynwood Theatre for a conversation following the film.

CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute

May 3-5, 2019 | Hillel UW | Students in grades 10 & 11 | Learn More & Apply

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is excited to bring the Center for Israel Education, Teen Israel Leadership Institute to Jewish Puget Sound! An immersive Israel education retreat exclusively for teens. Led by Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, Emory Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies. Enhance your Israel knowledge while building leadership skills. Qualify for a $2,500 Samis grant for use towards an approved Israel travel program. Cost: $50 includes overnight accommodations at Hillel, all programs and Kosher meals Friday through Sunday morning. 

The Parting: Music of Remembrance

May 19, 2019 | Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall | Benaroya Hall, Seattle | Details & Tickets

The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist David Mason. Commissioned by Music of Remembrance. It's May 19, 1944 - the final evening at home for the great Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti and his beautiful devoted wife Fanni. Foreseeing his likely fate in a forced labor camp, Radnoti wonders as we often do why we are given life: "To learn what love is. To live. To make beautiful things. To die." Facing these stark illuminations brings a bright awareness of being.