San Francisco-based Taube Philanthropies has pledged $2 million to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to develop the Taube Family Holocaust Education Program, the museum announced recently.
The money will pay for lectures, movie screenings, partnerships, research and personal accounts of the Holocaust, according to a press release, which added that it “will ensure public remembrance of the atrocities that led to the genocide of more than 6 million Jews.”
Taube Philanthropies is comprised of the Taube Family Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.
The gift will support ongoing Holocaust education at the museum, including free public programming presented on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. Distance learning programs will allow students nationwide to explore individual and collective responsibility in the Holocaust. The program will be overseen by an advisory committee of scholars, including Shana Penn, executive director of Taube Philanthropies.
“Many initiatives of Taube Philanthropies focus on World War II, the deep and powerful effects of which continue to influence world events,” said Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies,. “The new Holocaust Education Program is critical as Americans are remembering less and less about the war and the lessons of the Holocaust.” Taube fled Poland as a child in 1939 and has dedicated himself to supporting Polish Jewish and educational causes.
Added Stephen J. Watson, president and CEO of the 18-year-old museum: “As the WWII generation passes away, the National WWII Museum has been entrusted to continue telling their stories to future generationst. The gift…makes it possible for the museum to expand its teachings about the atrocities of the Holocaust and why we should all stand together against genocide.”
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