Using the resources of the museum, our mission is to educate students and adults in the Philadelphia area and throughout the world, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. We believe that studying and discussing the Holocaust provides one of the most effective ways to work with students to examine basic moral issues and value systems. What are the lessons of the Holocaust for us today?
Students need to understand the following:
- The Holocaust was no accident. It occurred because people made deliberate choices employing all of the apparatus in a fascist state to engage in the mass murder of 6,000,000 Jews.
- The Nazis murdered millions of non-Jews too. This includes political dissidents, intellectuals, homosexuals, labor union leaders, Roma, and civilians in every country the German military conquered.
- Prejudice, bigotry, and racism are social poisons that erode the fabric of a democratic society.
- Silence, apathy, and indifference are the enemies of a pluralistic democracy.