Between 1939 and 1945, as war engulfed Europe, Bill Orlin and his family lived on the run. Together with his town's other Jews, Bill, his younger brother Boris, their mother (who was six months pregnant) and their grandparents were forcibly marched to Ostrów Mazowiecki, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw. As they neared the town, Bill witnessed a scene that haunted him for the rest of his life: a young German soldier seized Bill’s grandfather and cut off the old man’s beard. Once Bill and his family were in Soviet-controlled Poland, they managed to continue their eastward journey into the Soviet interior where they remained in relative safety for the rest of the war. After the war, Bill and his family lived in a camp for displaced persons in Germany. They departed for Canada in 1948 and continued on to the United States three years later, settling in Houston. @hmhou
The Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery is an innovative space for students and @hmhou’s community to learn about human rights and genocide during the 20th and 21st centuries. From across the globe, to here in Houston, this gallery highlights the continuing issues facing the targets of genocide, persecution and oppression.
On view at @hmhou through September 15, 2019, "Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann" is based on the true story of the Nazi responsible for the transport of millions of innocent people to death camps whom might well have lived out his days in Argentina as “Ricardo Klement” if fate, a Holocaust survivor and Israel’s foreign intelligence service hadn’t intervened. This multimedia exhibition produced by the @maltzmuseum in collaboration with The Mossad – Israeli Secret Intelligence Service and @beithatfutsot features recently declassified artifacts only recently seen outside of Israel revealing the secret history behind the capture, extradition and trial of one of the world's most notorious escaped war criminals. The exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the Maltz Family Foundation.
As part of @hmhou’s expansion, two of the Museum's most prominent artifacts, the 1942 WWII-era German Railcar and the Danish Rescue Boat, were brought inside to protect them from the elements. The Danish Rescue Boat and 1942 WWII-era Railcar are intentionally placed next to each other to help teach visitors the continuing importance of each individual’s responsibility to act when confronted with injustice.
USC Shoah Foundation’s revolutionary technology, Dimensions in Testimony, allows visitors to have “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors by asking questions of their high-definition projections who then answer in real time via pre-recorded video images. Bill Morgan is the only survivor from Houston to be featured in @uscshoahfoundation's #DimensionsinTestimony. Visitors can have conversations with Bill in @hmhou’s permanent Holocaust Gallery.
At one year old, Chaja Verveer was separated from her mother and placed in hiding with another family. They were betrayed, sending the child to three different concentration camps to survive alone. Chaja was reunited with her mother after the war and discovered her baby dress years later. 📷: Hand-Embroidered Silk Baby Dress, Netherlands, 1942, Donated by Chaja Verveer
On view at Holocaust Museum Houston through October 6, 2019, "Points of View" is a national human rights photography exhibition from @cmhr_mcdp. The exhibition offers glimpses into how people perceive human rights around them – rights related to freedom of expression, inclusion and diversity, reconciliation and the environment.
@hmhou was founded in part to honor the survivors' legacy. We'll be posting the stories of Holocaust survivors who settled in Houston each day this week. Naomi Warren grew up in Wołkowysk, a small city in eastern Poland. Naomi was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1942, riding in an airless cattle car that was so crowded she could barely sit down. She endured almost three years in Auschwitz-Birkenau. As Soviet troops approached in the beginning of 1945, she and her fellow inmates were sent to Ravensbrück and then to Bergen-Belsen. A year after the British liberated her in April 1945, Naomi came to Houston with the help of her maternal uncle and her sister. In 1949, Naomi married Martin Warren and together they established a business importing Danish hams to the United States. They had three children—Helen, Geri and Benjamin.
@hmhou’s permanent Holocaust Gallery, with personalized testimony and artifacts donated by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, educates visitors about Jewish and non-Jewish resistance efforts, including the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, prisoner revolts, sabotage, the partisan movement, displaced persons camps and life after the Holocaust.
@hmhou's Educator in Motion program provides educational programming on the Holocaust, Genocide, Social Cruelty, and Active Citizenship in school and community settings. A visiting museum educator will deliver programming to schools and community organizations within the greater Houston region free of charge. Virtual site visits are available for schools and organizations outside of our service area. The EIM program offers Spanish Language Support on all programming.