New England Holocaust Institute and Museum is Closing

A man who opened a small Holocaust museum in western Massachusetts a year and a half ago says he’s shutting down because there just isn’t enough interest. Rare photographs of life in the concentration camps are there, as are records Nazis kept on Jews and prisoners. Owner Darrell English says the New England Holocaust Institute and Museum in North Adams will close June 30.

Details and a video may be found in an article by Scott Stafford published in the Berkshire Eagle at http://goo.gl/DvMIHm.

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Linda Morgan Clark May 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

I hope he explores the possibility of placing his holdings in other Holocaust museums – if not the D.C. museum, perhaps the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition at the The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, in Tulsa, OK, the only Holocaust museum West of the Mississippi. It is a very fine and long established exhibit and museum. They may be interested in his holdings.

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I agree with Linda Morgan Clark above. Those holdings are priceless, irreplaceable, and must be made available to others.

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I agree with both replies above, this history should be preserved and shared so it is not lost.

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David Paul Davenport May 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I do hope that before he closes he consults with the history department at Adams State College in North Adams and the folks at nearby Williams College to see if they would be interested in “taking over” and operating the museum as a training facility for the history students.

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And actually, in addition to the fine museum in Tulsa Oklahoma, Los Angeles has both the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance. I am certain there are many fine institutions in the country who would be so pleased to provide a home for the New England Holocaust Institute and Museum, but it is terribly sad that there was not enough interest for it to remain available there.

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The Simon Wesenthal Museum of Tolerance would be a great place for all the information. I would suggest that you get in touch with them.

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The Holocaust Museum Houston is the fourth largest in the United States and just across the street from the esteemed Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. It would be an ideal beneficiary of this collection if it (sadly) must close in its present location.

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The doors will be staying open for now

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