2018 Fall Bearing Witness Magazine

Chief Executive Officer Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D. Editors Robin Cavanaugh Clare Legg Holocaust Museum Houston Morgan Family Center 9220 Kirby Dr., Suite 100 | Houston, TX 77054 Holocaust Museum Houston is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the Houston Museum District Association. HMH Bearing Witness is the official magazine of Holocaust Museum Houston. © 2018, All rights reserved. Board of Trustees FY18-19 Chair Benjamin Warren Vice Chairs DEVELOPMENT Heidi Gerger EDUCATION Carl Josehart FACILITIES Butch Mach MARKETING Tracey Shappro OUTREACH Inna Wizig SURVIVOR SERVICES Hyman Penn, M.D. Treasurer Steve Estrin Secretary Nancy Li-Tarim Immediate Past Chair Gary Markowitz Ex Officio Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D. Chief Executive Officer | Holocaust Museum Houston Jack Kins Chair | Holocaust Museum Houston Foundation TEL: 713-942-8000 FAX: 713-942-7953 info@hmh.org

Letter From The Chair

Benjamin Warren, Board Chair

Dear HMH Family and Friends, It is my great honor to serve as Board Chair for Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) at this juncture in its history and at this promising time for our future. My parents, Naomi and Martin Warren, blessed are their memories, were Holocaust Survivors and this Museum holds both their life stories and their hopes for a brighter future. I am proud to honor them and their legacies by leading HMH’s renaissance, keeping the dreams and voices of our beloved Survivors and those who perished in the Holocaust very much alive as we transition to our new Lester and Sue Smith Campus. In this issue of Bearing Witness, you will learn about our new Museum in detail but what I want to emphasize is that not one new brick or slab of concrete would have been made possible without HMH’s generous donors and dedicated leadership, staff, Survivors, visitors, docents and volunteers. We have worked incredibly hard as a team to build our new Museum and I would like to say thank you to everyone for making a vision developed over many years into a beautiful new Holocaust Museum for our families, our community and learners everywhere to appreciate. Part of what makes HMH’s mission so meaningful is our dedication to our children’s futures through many powerful education programs. I want to recognize our Education Department for its tremendous accomplishment of educating so many students and adults over the past year - Engines of Change, Educator in Motion, the iPad Digital Trunk Program, Latin outreach initiatives, the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute and the East End outreach programs – each one offering the educational tools and encouragement for every individual to become an Upstander by fighting apathy and hate. Once we move to the new campus, I would encourage everyone to experience the extraordinary learning opportunities we make possible for our community by engaging in an educational program that resonates personally with you. Believe me when I say, you’ll come away with an energized sense of how we intend to have a growing impact on the community, challenging those who visit our Museum to become active participants in making decisions that will make the world more tolerant, respectful and inclusive. We will have expanded the Josef and Edith Mincberg Gallery space on the first floor and the 200- seat Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater and four classrooms equipped with state of the art technology on the second floor to utilize as new learning spaces. I couldn’t be more excited about HMH’s educational opportunities and future possibilities. In advance of our new Museum opening, there will be numerous opportunities for you, our most committed supporters and ambassadors, to be the first to see the new HMH. I look forward to welcoming you and having you be a part of these celebrations as Holocaust Museum Houston prepares to open to the public in June 2019. I’m counting on each of you to join me in warmly welcoming the Houston community to the Lester and Sue Smith Campus in the heart of the Museum District, and into our new home – the beautiful new Holocaust Museum Houston. Warm regards,

The Museum’s exterior construction is nearly complete, giving passersby a better picture of what the finished building will look like. Walls are being finished with brick, the World War II-era railcar and Danish Rescue Boat were moved inside to their permanent homes and the rotunda’s roof has been raised to emit light at night. ON THE COVER

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Affinity Groups



Texas Liberators Texas Liberators and their families honored at medal ceremony 15


14 The Butterfly Project at the United Nations The Butterfly Project exhibition travelled to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in January 2018

In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names Exhibit tells the story of Jewish men imprisoned in Sachsenhausen

LBJ 2018 Moral Courage Award Dinner Dinner honoring President George W. Bush raises record $4.2 Million

Education Learn about the HMH Education Team's impact

Trustees Crystal Ashby Tali Blumrosen Nancy Dinerstein Mindy Morgan Finger

Jerry Martin Alfie Meyerson Russell Molina Mark Mucasey Corey F. Powell Jerry Rochman Limor Smith David Solomon Jennifer B. Stockel Alberta Totz Chaja Verveer

Daniel P. Gordon Guillermo Guefen Shelly Hendry Laura Jaramillo

Mady Kades Evan H. Katz Gail Klein

Gratitude Report 19

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Benjamin Warren Board Chair

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