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Solidarity during the COVID-19 crisis

Friends,

I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. It is important not to panic; we will get through this and we will be stronger in spite of it.
 
Recent events require that we make a statement condemning the racist and xenophobic language being used by some in Washington to characterize the COVID-19 virus. At this difficult time the last thing we need is to fan the flames of bigotry and hatred. This is a time when we all must come together and support each other. That support can come in many ways, but using racist language is not one of them. As Elie Wiesel has taught us, if you don’t take a stand you are complicit in the wrongful action. We at the museum work hard to teach our children to be upstanders. If we don’t stand up at this moment, why should they listen to us? If you hear of any incidents, violent or otherwise, taken against the Asian community please report it to local authorities and in any social media you have access to. This is a moment that will define who we are as a community. In the balance of history which side will we be on?
 
The museum will remain closed until the Governor allows us to re-open. That being the case it is important that you all remember we still have to pay the rent and utilities and keep our small staff around to take care of the place. I hope we can count on your continued support.
 
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy future,
Leon Natker MA, RPA
Executive Director
New Mexico Holocaust Museum
Eliminating hate and intolerance one mind at a time.

Our Mission

At the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico, our mission is to eliminate hate and intolerance, one mind at a time. We accomplish this through exhibits and education programs that teach about genocide, prejudice, human rights, and social justice issues. These lessons are the foundation that build understanding and compassion in a troubled world.

Teacher Seminar: The Holocaust by Bullets in the Occupied Soviet Territory

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Our Museum

We are unique. Our purpose is to educate visitors 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.

Our exhibits educate. The museum welcomes thousands of visitors annually. We include exhibits on the Holocaust, the African American Experience, and others through ongoing development of new and pertinent exhibits.

Overturned:
A Life Etched In Stone

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