The Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 20. The inaugural exhibit at the center goes “from dark to light,” with one long wall presenting the history of the Holocaust and the opposite wall dedicated to the lives of 230 survivors who have made Southern Arizona their home, as Stuart Mellan, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, explained. The center is a joint project of the museum and JFSA.
Other speakers at the event included Rabbi Israel Becker of Congregation Chofetz Chayim; Barry Friedman, president of the board of the Jewish History Museum; Lily Brull, a Holocaust survivor from Belgium; Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and his wife, Karen Spiegel Rothschild; U.S. Rep. Ron Barber; state Sen. Steve Farley; Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Ward 6 Council Member Steve Kozachik, state Rep. Ethan Orr, and Consul of Mexico Ricardo Pineda.
Approximately 350 people toured the museum’s inaugural exhibit on opening day, says Bryan Davis, director of the JFSA Holocaust Education and Commemoration Project.