The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC), a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, opened in May 1995 and was realized through the vision and generosity of many community leaders and Holocaust survivors.
The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center houses a 5,000 square foot core exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to St. Louis. Photographs, artifacts, text panels, and audio-visual displays guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust between 1933-1945, post-war events including the Nuremberg Trials, and Jewish life after the Holocaust.
In 2012, HMLC installed its newest interactive exhibition entitled Change Begins with Me: Confronting Hate, Discrimination and Ethnic Conflict in our post-Holocaust world today. By August of 2015, HMLC will have toured approximately one half million visitors during its 20 year existence.
In addition, the HMLC sponsors temporary exhibits, public lectures, a monthly-film series, teacher-training workshops, and an annual Yom HaShoah community commemoration. The HMLC also houses a comprehensive video library with more than 500 titles and an oral history project with approximately 150 testimonies that are available to educators and the public. For further study of the Holocaust, the HMLC offers a range of books for sale at the Museum bookstore. A Garden of Remembrance is available outside the Museum for contemplation and reflection.
- Admittance to the Museum and all programs are free of charge and open to the public.
- For groups of 10 or more reservations are required.
- HMLC has an audio tour for visitors who would like some guidance, but want to go at their own pace.
- View a list of our programs and events.
- For additional information, contact the HMLC at (314) 442-3711.
Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust
Through Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS), St. Louis law enforcement officials learn about the dangers that anti-Semitism, bigotry and fanatical leadership pose to society. The program is held at the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League. LEAS underscores the importance society places on law enforcement as our first line of defense to insure that the constitutional rights of everyone are protected.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Anti-Defamation League joined forces to develop a training model that examined the history of the Holocaust and encouraged recruits, in-service and command level law enforcement officials to reflect upon their personal and professional responsibilities in dealing with people in our pluralistic society.
Eleven years ago, the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center was one of the first institutions to pilot the program. As a result, thousands of law enforcement officials throughout the region have gone through the training.
Rubin and Gloria Feldman Family Education Institute Advisory Committee
This committee meets biannually in June and December to consider funding program proposals related to the Holocaust, issues related to social justice or cultural events.
Most recently the institute funded Farm to Table Vilna Experience. Vilna, now a lost city, was a thriving cosmopolitan city prior to the Holocaust. The event featured cooking demonstrations and a discussion of 1930’s Vilna culture and music that recreated the feeling of Jewish life in the 1930s. Margi Lenga Kahn, a local food author, was the featured presenter.
In 2017, the Institute will also fund, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, a workshop for parents on How To Talk To Your Children About Anti-Semitism. The workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 30 at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Kopolow Building from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Seating is limited. If you are interested in attending, please call 314-442-3711.