About the Museum
History of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance 1984-2019
The Holocaust Survivors who, with great determination and spirit, founded this Museum over 40 years ago, did so to honor beloved family members who did not survive and also to teach the history of the Holocaust. The founders of the Museum wanted to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. They added “never again” to their motivation for creating the Museum.
THE FIRST NAZI-ERA BOXCAR TO BE INSTALLED IN A HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
Survivor Mike Jacobs, was instrumental in the creation of the Museum that was originally located on the ground floor of the Jewish Community Center in Dallas. He had a vision to install an authentic Nazi-era boxcar from Europe so that visitors could better understand the inhumanity of the deportation of Jews across the continent by boxcar. His tenacity paid off and the Holocaust Memorial Center became the first Holocaust museum to share the horrors of a boxcar in this manner with its visitors.
ONE DAY DURING THE HOLOCAUST
The permanent exhibition of the original Dallas Holocaust Museum answered a key question in the minds of most visitors. How could the Holocaust happen? The primary exhibition addressed the question by detailing three events that occurred on April 19, 1943. The exhibition also introduced visitors to Upstanders, bystanders, victims, and perpetrators.
Take a virtual tour of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance's core exhibition.