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Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico

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Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico
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Museum's Mission:

"We are unique: our purpose is to educate people about the Holocaust as well as to teach them 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."

Museum Overview:

Hatred and intolerance cause suffering and pain. That's the message at the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico, located in downtown Albuquerque.

Since 2001, the museum has educated the public about the dangers of intolerance and the history of genocides. Founded by Holocaust survivor Werner Gellert and his wife, the late Frances Gellert, the museum shows how hate and intolerance lead to violence.

The Holocaust Museum contains a number of exhibits on Hitler and Nazi Germany. There are works of art commemorating the Holocaust, photographs of the liberation at Buchenwald and child slave labor camps, and pictures of the survivors of Dauchau, taken by the late Albuquerque photographer Dick Kent. There is even a life-sized replica of a camp gate, inscribed with the words "Arbeit Macht Frie" or "Work Sets You Free."

One of the most moving exhibits at the museum is Sonja's Legacy, which contains the paintings and drawings done by a teenaged girl while she was in a concentration camp. The drawings stopped when she was sent to Auschwitz, where she eventually perished.

Because of the sensitive and graphic nature of the exhibits, the museum is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN 11 AND UNDER.

The museum's exhibits look at other genocides, such as those in Greece, Armenia and the United States. One area covers the Bataan Death March. There is a resource library that contains books and multimedia. A community outreach program takes the lessons of intolerance to schools, groups and institutions. An educational theater shows videos.

Location:

616 Central SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505)247-0606

Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays. Call for holiday hours.

Museum Admission:

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are welcome.

Official Website:

New Mexico Holocaust Museum

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