Holocaust Museum to debut ‘Change Begins With Me’ exhibit

A 65-inch interactive touch screen that offers modern examples of hate, discrimination and ethnic conflict is the newest exhibit to open in the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.

The exhibition was done in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, HateBrakers and Webster University. It will open at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the museum located in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.  

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The purpose of the exhibit is to share lessons of the Holocaust not yet learned. “After a visit to the Holocaust Museum, students can now read and hear about post-Holocaust genocides and compare and contrast what societal conditions were in place to allow these atrocities to take place,” said Myrna Meyer, chair of the exhibition.

But the exhibition also encourages action. “The exhibition is punctuated with some steps visitors can take to have an impact – no matter how large or how small.  Our message is to ‘stand up when you see social injustice occur,’ after all we believe that if more people would have spoken up during the Holocaust – maybe the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened,” said Jean Cavender, HMLC director.  

The big screen – which has three sections “Know, Learn, Do” – tells stories from around the globe and demonstrates how the progression of hate spirals downward from stereotype and prejudice to discrimination, violence and, in the worst situations, to genocide. The exhibition features stories, photos, video testimonies, word definitions, identifies people who perpetrated these atrocities and those who took action to try and make a positive difference in their respective societies. In addition, three smaller touch screen workstations are available for visitors to use independently to view the exhibit in more detail or to research these issues further.  The smaller screens also serve visitors with disabilities.

The exhibit, designed by Panamedia Group and 501creative, was made possible by the generosity of Gloria and the late Rubin Feldman.