About Us

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to engage, educate, and empower by remembering the Holocaust.

About Us:

Founded in 1984, The Zekelman Holocaust Center (The HC) first opened its doors on the campus of the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield as the Holocaust Memorial Center and relocated to the current award-winning building in 2004. The HC houses not only our core museum exhibits, but an extensive research library, archives, and a gallery for special art and history exhibits.

Each year, we reach more than 150,000 people through our teacher trainings, virtual museum experiences, virtual programs, and in-person visits to the museum.

As The HC continues to grow, so do our educational outreach efforts. To aid teachers in meeting the Holocaust education mandate of Michigan Public Act 170, our teacher trainings now reach schools in nearly every county. In addition, we continue to develop new relationships with school districts and virtual schools, understanding their needs so that every student in the state has equitable access to Holocaust education.

Today, not only is there a rise in antisemitism, but there is a decline in living testimony as we are approaching a time when Holocaust survivors will no longer be with us. The HC’s content focuses on Holocaust victims’ and survivors’ personal stories to help our visitors understand how the Holocaust could have happened. We invite each of you to visit and hope through your experience you gain tools to stand up to hatred, antisemitism, and genocide. Together, we envision creating a more tolerant and empathetic society.

Definition of the Holocaust:

The Holocaust was the systematic, government-run murder of Europe’s Jews from 1933 to 1945. Using a variety of methods, Nazi Germany, its allies, and collaborators killed some six million Jews — around two-thirds of all European Jews. Antisemitism, the hatred of or prejudice against Jews, was widespread in Europe and was a foundational principle of Nazi ideology. We must recognize the dignity and humanity of the victims of the Holocaust, so as not to perpetuate the dehumanization and hate that allowed for it to happen. Its lessons help us fight injustice today.

Definition of the Antisemitism:

We have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, including all its examples. This definition will guide The HC’s activities throughout the development, education, curation, marketing, and events teams.