Local Senior Citizen Vies for Place in Guinness World Records
Hiddekel Sara Burks, an Albuquerque resident and promoter for more than 45 years of “Art and History of Braiding” will be featured in the museum starting Thursday, June 3, 2021 during regular hours (Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It is estimated that she will set the record during the month of July. Click here to learn more.
HATE IN AMERICA
Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in our country. From the far-right marchers in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 shouting, “Jews will not replace us,” to the deadly attack in a Pittsburgh synagogue, to the past few weeks, when Jews from New York to Los Angeles are attacked for just being Jewish.
And it is not only Jews. Asian Americans are suffering at the hands of those who want to blame them for Covid-19. Unarmed African American men are dying in custody because of the color of their skin, Muslims because of their religion, and members of the LGBTQ community because they are different.
When leaders, no matter what side they are on, engage in dangerous rhetoric, consequences ensue. Crimes against humanity occur. No longer are these hate crimes isolated incidents. They are becoming so mainstream that the very foundation of our democracy is crumbling by bits and pieces.
As this takes hold, how can we claim to be the shining light of democracy? If we do not confront all the hate and intolerance swirling around us, what will we become? The New Mexico Holocaust Museum is dedicated to educating tomorrow’s upstanders so that everyone has equal opportunity for justice and the pursuit of happiness. Please support us in this effort.
Welcome to the New Mexico Holocaust Museum
Our museum is dedicated to developing communities of upstanders. In today’s world, no one can afford to be a bystander. Every day at NMHM, we share the lessons that history can teach us: that hatred and bigotry, left unchecked, will escalate, deepen, and spread; that silence in the face of hatred and bigotry is an endorsement of those ideas. Each of us has an obligation to help create the type of world we want to live in, to stand up and speak out in support of the ideals on which this country was founded, and to work to create a just society. Therefore, we cannot sit silently by when democracy is threatened, or our fellow citizens are discriminated against because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. As Elie Wiesel said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Please view the short virtual tour of our museum below. It is an introduction to what you will see when you have the chance to visit us in person. We also encourage you to become a member and help support the work we continue to do every day, shining a light on hate and intolerance wherever we may find it and teaching our children to be upstanders.
Chinese Exclusion Act Virtual Exhibit
In 1882 the American government signed into law the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first immigration law to exclude an entire ethnic group. Our new virtual exhibit shows how these discriminatory policies developed, were resisted and have continued to be part of the American cultural and political landscape.
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At the New Mexico Holocaust Museum, our mission is to shine a light on historic and current acts of hate and intolerance through education, exhibits, and collaborative outreach in order to build communities of upstanders dedicated to social justice and human dignity.
We are unique. Our purpose is to educate visitors about the Holocaust as well as teach about other genocides and forms of bullying that have affected people around the world. We are not limited to one religion, culture, geographic area, or time.
Education is our focus. A critical component of our mission is educating children about bullying, prejudice, and hate. Our outreach programs encourage empathy for others–to become upstanders, rather than bystanders–and befriend those in their communities who need their support.