OJMCHE is a beautifully designed museum with very knowledgeable docents. It is hard to hear about the horrors of the Holocaust, hopeful to learn about the Jewish community in Oregon, and challenging to consider our role in resisting discrimination.

OJMCHE Educational Rationale

Educational programming at OJMCHE aims to help visitors (student and adult), education staff, the Education Committee, community participants, and teachers and students:

  • Identify universal mechanisms through which hatred and discrimination are built and accepted.
  • Build awareness of basic historical information about the history of the Holocaust.
  • Analyze the connections between world history and Oregon history, including the history of Jews in these places.
  • Explore primary source materials preserved in the OJMCHE archives and collections that document Oregon Jewish history and its relevance to Portland today.
  • Examine how the Holocaust and Oregon Jewish history relate to current events and local issues to inform responsible methods of resistance and civic action.

OJMCHE has brought life to Holocaust Education in the state of Oregon! They go above and beyond to provide authentic learning experiences for students of all ages from across the state. With their continuation of efforts to further Holocaust Education in the state of Oregon, the history will thrive in the lives of our students.

Exploring Holocaust Education

Holocaust Education at OJMCHE endeavors to document and share the stories of the Holocaust from the perspectives of survivors, refugees, and their descendants. We accomplish this by offering educational presentations, teacher workshops, educational trunks, classroom book loans and special event programming. Regular programming includes film screenings, lectures, a guided tour of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and/or a presentation from a member of the Holocaust Speakers' Bureau. These speakers, a group of local Holocaust survivors and descendants who are trained to tell their family stories, also travel to schools and workplaces in the Northwest region to share their experiences.  

Why Holocaust Education?

At OJMCHE we endeavor to engage audiences in building awareness of the atrocities committed against humanity during the Second World War. We strive to provide a forum for people to learn, feel, think critically, and identify daily choices that counteract bullying, discrimination, and oppression in the multitude of forms they take today.

Schedule a Holocaust history program for your class or organization with one of our trained educators or with a member of our Speakers' Bureau.  Learners will have the opportunity to critically navigate historical materials about racially motivated laws enacted by the German Nazi government against millions of people during its dictatorial regime. 

Our staff aims to support teachers and students of all ages as they develop an awareness of the value of diversity and acceptance for all people.