Written by Pat Eagleson Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00
On Sunday, Feb. 28, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine joined more than 300 donors, volunteers and friends as the Holocaust Center celebrated the opening of its new multi-media museum.
In mid-January, the center reopened its doors after 18 months of renovation and celebrated the completion of the new permanent exhibit, which showcases artifacts and testimony from local survivors. The museum provides a detailed chronicle of the Holocaust and offers video presentations utilizing archival footage and survivor testimony. The final gallery focuses on the relevance of the Holocaust to people’s lives today. The center will also host temporary exhibits such as Immigration and Caricature, a review of stereotyped ethnic images, currently on display. Visitors are welcome to browse the center’s new library containing more than seven thousand volumes, and to utilize its computer research center and artifact archives.
Assemblyman Lavine said, “The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, which has already educated tens of thousands of people, is an essential part of our evolution into a society of kind and decent human beings, a truly American ideal. I offer congratulations and thanks to all the staff, volunteers and especially to those who survived the Nazi war against the Jews, who each and every day work so very hard to make the mission of this Center a reality.”
The museum, located at 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, is now open seven days a week and is available for group tours and presentations. For museum hours, directions, or to arrange a guided presentation, see the center’s website, www.holocaust-nassau.org or call 571-8040, ext. 100.