(New York, NY)— The following statement is issued by the Museum’s Chairman of the Board Bruce Ratner and President and CEO Jack Kliger:
“We share in the heartbreak of all who lost loved ones and neighbors in the Buffalo shooting, and we deplore the racism that inspired the killer’s horrific violence.
White supremacist ideology is dangerous and deadly, as both historic and present-day atrocities make plain, and must not be given safe cover in any corner of our society.
Our institution teaches Holocaust history to counter the lies that continue to fuel racist and antisemitic beliefs, and to honor the millions who were murdered by Nazism. Today, we mourn those murdered in Buffalo, may their memories be a blessing, and stand alongside the victims and their families in their pain.”
About The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The third-largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second-largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and JewishGen.
The Museum’s current offerings include Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try, a first of its kind exhibition on the 20th century artist and Holocaust survivor on view through November 6, 2022. The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do, will open in the Museum’s core galleries on June 30, 2022.
In addition, the Museum offers free, pre-recorded virtual lessons for students, taught by a Museum educator, using its Holocaust Curriculum lesson plans. Designed for middle and high school, the lessons, available on demand, allow for student interaction via chat and polls, offer certificates of completion, and resources for additional research. For more information: https://mjhnyc.org/education/virtual-lessons/
The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.