About the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh inspires engagement with Holocaust history and connects it to the injustices of today. We build relationships across communities, working to end antisemitism, racism, and prejudice in our neighborhoods. We provide educational public programming for audiences of all ages, reaching more than 10,000 students, adults, and educators per year across Western and Central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of Ohio. Our offerings include: exhibits in our public gallery, an extensive library and archive, engaging cultural events, internationally renowned speakers, and free and affordable resources for teachers. As stewards of Holocaust history, we keep the stories of Holocaust survivors, victims, and rescuers alive for future generations.
About the Holocaust
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. (Source: ushmm.org)
Established in 1981, the Holocaust Center was created as a living memorial to honor survivors who came to Pittsburgh to rebuild their lives and local soldiers who helped liberate the camps. Rather than build a statue or monument, community members wanted a comprehensive resource center that would help people learn about the Holocaust and counter intolerance and hate in all its forms.
The Holocaust Center was established through the generous gift of Leonard Rudolph, who believed in the power of giving to transform people’s lives. His legacy continues to inspire the community to work together to build a better world.
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is a self-funded affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh offers several educational resources to the community, including:
- A gallery space with permanent and temporary art exhibitions and historic artifacts that is free and open to the public MWF 10-2 and by appointment with school groups;
- Events in locations throughout the city with various community partners;
- The CHUTZ-POW! comic book series, which helps educators share lessons of the Holocaust
- The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning program, which pairs Bar and Bat Mitzvah with a child survivors or victims of the Holocaust to honor those who were unable to have their own Bar/Bat Mitzvah;
- Teacher training for educators to learn how to educate about the Holocaust in their classrooms and communities;
- Field trip sponsorships for eligible schools;
- Community competitions including the Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition and Holocaust Educator of the Year Award
- Reference services for our collection of 3000 books;
- Free speaking engagements with local Holocaust survivors, educators, and/or volunteers;
- Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh publications available to order.
- Internship/Volunteer opportunities