Center & Archives
Monday - Thursday:
9:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 4:00pm
222-05 56th Ave.
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 281-5770
Fax: (718) 631-6306
Marisa L. Berman
Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg
The Holocaust's horrors have forever scarred the world's physical and psychological landscape. Yet the modern imagination's ability to fully digest and process the vast complexities of these systematic atrocities has been compromised by the passage of time. Our children are increasingly desensitized by the glamorization of violence in popular entertainment, and are living in growing isolation promoted by the distancing effects of technology. Modern generations, whatever their background, struggle or refuse to grasp the hatred, greed, fear and indifference that resulted in this unparalleled tragedy. Six million Jews were methodically identified, detained, and murdered during the Holocaust. One and a half million of these were children, and more than twenty-three million people died in total. However, the staggering nature of these numbers is what also makes them hard to process. They are pure statistics that do not tell the full story. They do not explain or educate. We must continue to investigate the causes and results of personal and organized hatred, and celebrate those who reject and fight against it.
Education, research, and remembrance are central to the mission of the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College. The Center acts as an ongoing witness to history. Through extensive research and documentation, and by chronicling the testimonies of survivors, the Center embraces the lessons learned from the Holocaust to each tolerance, to understand prejudice, and to embrace the lives and legacies of the survivors. It is through the details of their personal remembrances that we can educate future generations to recognize and reject the face of hatred so that what happened once will never happen again at any level.
The KHRCA places the role of education as its centerpiece. It houses an extensive and expanding collection of books, documents (including nearly 400 doctoral dissertations on microfilm), and audio-visual materials for use by students, teachers, scholars and any other interested persons.
In its unique role of remembrance through education, the Center is an invaluable resource for teachers and schools not only in the Borough of Queens but also for educational institutions throughout the city, Long Island, and as distant as La Porte, Texas and Vancouver, British Columbia.
It is the only Holocaust Center in the United States that publishes educational guides for middle schools and high schools, and presently assists schools throughout the state to comply with a New York State law mandating the inclusion of the Holocaust in the Social Studies/Global Studies curriculum. The Center also provides “Teachers’ Trunks” to schools, consisting of books and materials for an entire class.
Close to 50 schools, representing Catholic, Hebrew, public and independent elementary, middle and high schools, have employed educational materials from the Center during the last academic year. And additional 34 museums and educational organizations incorporated the Center’s resources and traveling exhibits into their work.
To date, over twenty exhibits, powerful and thought-provoking presentations of photographs, art, documentation and personal and historic narratives, have been hosted at the Center. These exhibits are curated by the Center’s Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, and staffed by volunteers, many of whom are Holocaust survivors. Several exhibits have become traveling exhibitions sent to other institutions and museums throughout the country. Currently, eight exhibits are on loan to museums and educational institutions throughout the United States.
Visits by teachers and groups of students of all ages are encouraged, and are arranged to meet the age and interest levels of each group.
Open to the public and free of charge, lectures investigating issues and events of the Holocaust are hosted each semester. Recent lectures explored topics including:
- The Legal Implications of the Holocaust
- Hate on the Internet
- Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened, and Why Do They Say It?
- The Perversion of Germany’s Court System
- Could the Allies Have Bombed Auschwitz?
- Bringing Perpetrators to Justice at Nuremberg
The Holocaust Center has a program in which a survivor can come to your school or organization and speak about what happened to them during the Holocaust. We offer this program free of charge to any school or organization in the local Queens area. To find out more information about this program or to schedule a survivor for your school or organization, contact the Center directly at: (718) 281-5770.
The Holocaust Center offers group visits to our exhibits. Monday thru Thursday from 10:00am to 12:00 the center offers group visits to the Holocaust Center at no charge. This is available to schools grades 5th and up and organizations. The visit includes a docent tour of the exhibit and a movie in conjunction with the exhibit. You must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance for group visits.