The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will open the new special exhibition Courage and Compassion: The Japanese American World War II Experience on January 20, 2022.
Courage and Compassion chronicles the harrowing stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, highlighting the U.S. government’s curtailing of their civil rights, the bravery of Japanese American soldiers who fought for the freedom of millions while being denied their own, and the integrity of Americans who stood up for their friends and neighbors.
Courage and Compassion was created by Go For Broke National Education Center, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that aims to educate and inspire current and future generations through the virtue and valor of World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.
“The Museum is pleased to present Courage and Compassion, a stunning exhibition that tells the story of Japanese Americans’ experiences and bravery during World War II,” said Mary Pat Higgins, Museum President and CEO. “The individuals who helped their neighbors by being Upstanders and the young Japanese American men who volunteered for the military to form the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team feature prominently in this important special exhibition and remain an inspiration to us all.”
“Go For Broke National Education Center is grateful for the opportunity to present to the Dallas community the legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II and its relevance to today,” said Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, President & CEO. “It is through partnerships, like with the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, that we can further share the Japanese American soldiers’ story not only as a great American story, but one that is firmly rooted in their strong sense of obligation to others and obligation to our country.”
Courage and Compassion is supported by Texas Instruments, the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation, and the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission. Exhibition sponsors are Orchid Giving Circle Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation and Toyota.
The exhibition will remain on view until June 12, 2022.
About the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
The mission of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Founded in 1984 by local Holocaust survivors, the institution now resides in a new building in downtown Dallas where visitors experience a deeper immersion into the history of the Holocaust, human and civil rights, their centrality to our democracy, and their vital importance in preventing events like those of the Holocaust from happening again. The 55,000-square-foot permanent home covers three floors, and the main exhibition includes four wings that teach about the Holocaust, the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after World War II, historical and contemporary genocides, and America’s civil rights journey. Please visit DHHRM.org or call (214) 741-7500 for more information.