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Dear Fellow Supporters,

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has played an important role in our community for the past 32 years. Originally named the Holocaust Memorial Center and located on the ground floor of the Jewish Community Center, our mission was to keep alive the memory of those lost in the Holocaust. Today, our mission has expanded to include teaching the history of the Holocaust, and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

The Museum is currently in a rental location and no longer able to meet the demand of 80,000+ annual visitors from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Because of these severe space constraints, our board has launched a campaign to build a state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot permanent home in the historic West End, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. This new Museum, with its dramatically larger facilities and expanded educational and
cultural programming, will galvanize the North Texas community to learn the lessons of the Holocaust to combat hatred and injustice.

Today we are at a crossroads. Thank you for helping us take the next step in our journey to be able to teach more teachers, educate more students, and ultimately transform Dallas into a city of Upstanders.

With great appreciation,
Campaign Cabinet Members of the "Building a Foundation of Hope” Campaign:

Co-chairs

Rebecca Fletcher
Frank Risch
Ron Steinhart
_Members_-Kenny Goldberg, Tom Halsey, Jim Hogue, Hylton Jonas, Stan Rabin, Larry Schoenbrun, Florence Shapiro, and Steve Waldman.

Upstander Speaker Series Presents George Takei

Upstander Speaker Series: George Takei, Activist & Actor

In partnership with the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, the Museum presents Upstander Speaker George Takei on Thursday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Born in Los Angeles to Japanese-American parents, Takei speaks openly about his childhood experiences during World War II when he and his family were forced to relocate to internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. Breaking through racial barriers, Takei later found success as an actor and reached peak science-fiction fandom for his iconic role as Lieutenant Sulu in the Star Trek television series and movies. He continues to act, on stage and screen, and advocates for LGBTQ rights.

Seats are limited. Ticket sales will open first for Museum members. A number of seats are set aside for SMU students and are available through SMU.

Tickets for Museum Members-only are available from December 12 - December 19.
Tickets will be available to the public beginning on December 20th. Tickets can be purchased through
Eventbrite.

This event will be held at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. McFarlin Memorial Auditorium | 6405 Boaz Ln, Dallas, TX 75205

Supported by: The Dallas Morning News

Event Sponsors: SMU's Embry Human Rights Program

Liz and Tom Halsey

Orchid Giving Circle Asian Women Caring & Sharing

Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950

Rebirth After the Holocaust

Rebirth after the Holocaust: Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950, available for viewing from October 6 to December 31, 2016.The exhibit depicts an inspiring and untold chapter in Jewish history. It is the story of Jewish survivors liberated from Bergen-Belsen, who emerged from the destruction of the Holocaust determined to rebuild their lives. Over the next five years, Bergen-Belsen became the largest Displaced Persons camp in Germany, forming a vibrant center of rehabilitation, reconstruction, and rebirth.

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The Refugee Camp Experience (related to Bergen-Belsen,
Rebirth After the Camps exhibit), 6:30 p.m. at Museum

Panel Discussion: The Refugee Camp Experience

Panel Discussion: The Refugee Camp Experience
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Museum, 6:30 p.m.
In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, join us
for a discussion on life in refugee camps around the world.

Our partner for this event, the International Rescue Committee headed by Donna Duvin. With more than 25 years of experience leading disaster response and humanitarian organizations across the country, Donna Duvin serves as Executive Director for the Dallas office of the IRC.

Panelists:
A former refugee who was born in Omdurman (Khartoum), Sudan. Due to the civil war in Sudan, he fled to Egypt alone at the age of 16, then later to India.

A refugee in exile from Burundi. He spent his entire life growing up in many refugee camps after suffering through ongoing and raging civil wars.

A refugee born in Wasborn, Burma (now known as Myanmar). From the time he was eight, he would spend 22 years surviving in refugee camps within Thailand.

This refugee was an English teacher in Damascus, Syria when war broke out. In 2011, her husband was called upon to join the Syrian Army. To avoid conscription, Bothina and her family hid inside of Syria, hoping not to be found.

There is no cost to attend but you will need to RSVP to Eventbrite.

About the International Rescue Committee
Founded in 1933 at the urging of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee was launched to assist those fleeing Nazi Germany. Today, with a presence in over 40 countries, the organization responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Each year, the International Rescue Committee also successfully resettles escaping refugees in 29 U.S. cities, including Dallas where the IRC works closely with other community partners to help those who’ve fled violence, torture, or persecution to rebuild their lives.

There is no cost to attend but you will need to RSVP to Eventbrite.

Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Museum will hold its commemoration on Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m., at the Museum.The United Nations General Assembly designated the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

THE COURAGE TO CARE

The Holocaust was a horrific and evil tragedy in our world’s history. Within it is an anthology of stories of victims, Upstanders, bystanders and perpetrators. This year our theme is “the courage to care.” For the Upstanders—those, who acted to get 10,000 children out of four European countries on the Kindertransport, the partisans, the Righteous Among The Nations and others who chose not to standby but took decisive action. We are thankful.

REMEMBER SO IT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
We also bow our heads and empty our hearts for 6 million Jewish children and men and women who were murdered and the thousands of others sentenced by the Nazis as not worthy to live. There is no charge to attend. Check back for a link to RSVP through Eventbrite.

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Texas Holocaust & Genocide Commission Liberator Project Needs Your Help

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is looking for Texans who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps, and they need your help! As their deadline to submit our growing list of liberators to Texas Tech University nears this month we are making one last push to collect information on as many Texan liberators as possible. Please visit the commission’s website at
Liberator Project
to learn how to input information directly on any Texan Liberator you may have information about.

We are expanding our archives and you can help

The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance has commenced the planning process for a greatly expanded permanent exhibit, to be part of a future, new home for the Museum.

We want our exhibit to reflect the experiences of Holocaust survivors, refugees, hidden children, and liberators in North Texas. Thus, we would like to invite you to join us in launching our artifact campaign before the exhibit is fully designed. Of particular interest are documents, photos, artifacts, diaries, travel papers, art, clothing, or almost anything related to: pre-war Jewish life, survival experiences, life in the ghettos, camps, and forests, anti-Semitism, life in the DP camps, post-war resettlement, immigration and the rebirth and continued vitality of Jewish life after the war.

In this campaign, Dr. Sara Abosch Jacobson, our Senior Director of Education, will be the contact person. Please direct any inquiries, questions, and possibilities for artifact donations to her at: sabosch@dallasholocaustmuseum.org.
The list that follows contains examples of possible artifacts:
Pre-war life:
 Wedding contracts (ketubbot), Birth certificates, Smicha certificates
 Invitations to circumcisions, bar mitzvahs and weddings
 Hebrew textbooks, Jewish literature published in Hebrew or Yiddish
 Wedding canopies or talesim
 Posters for Jewish cultural events
 Objects related to holidays
 Chevra kadisha items
 Anti-Semitica
 School texts, report cards and diplomas
 Items related to occupations and professions
 Items related to communal and political organizations, such
as the Bund and Zionist organizations

Holocaust and WWII:
 Identification cards
 Programs and tickets from cultural events
 Deportation notices
 Kindertransport tags, tickets or diaries
 Stars and armbands
 Passports and documents marked with “J”
 Reflections of religious and cultural life and friendship and other objects made or used in ghettos and camps (musical instruments, ritual objects, scrapbooks, banners, diaries, newspapers, costumes, artwork, Bund, Zionist youth organization materials, etc.)
 Partisan related materials
 Objects, documents or postcards sent from ghettos
 Objects from the camps including uniforms and clothing, toys, kitchen utensils
 Artwork done by children in camps, ghettos, hiding or exile
 Materials relating to those who rescued, hid or saved Jews
 Materials relating to the G.I. European theatre experience
 Materials relating to the liberation of Holocaust victims

Survival and postwar resettlement in or emigration from Europe, and postwar cultural life:
 Objects from Displaced Persons camps
 Visas, immigration papers
 Items carried on board ships leaving Europe
 Items from Cyprus or otherwise reflecting immigration to Palestine
 Materials reflecting resettlement and the establishment of businesses
 Posters from cultural events
 Objects relating to resettlement in the DFW area and North Texas
 Items related to the recreation of postwar Jewish life (wedding invitations, marriage certificates, birth certificates)

Again, if you have any of the above items and would consider donating them to the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, please contact Dr. Sara Abosch Jacobson, Senior Director of Education, 214-741-7500, or via email at: sabosch@dallasholocaustmuseum.org. Thank you for helping us to build for our collective future.

UPSTANDERS SPEAKERS SERIES 2016-2017

Upstander Speaker Series Sneak Peak at the 2017 slate

UPSTANDERS SPEAKERS SERIES 2017

Upstander Speaker: George Takei | February 2, 2017 | Actor, Social Justice Activist, Social Media Influencer | Location SMU's McFarlin Auditorium | Check back for admission details.

George Takei has captivated audiences for decades with his acting talent as well as his charming and witty personality. Born in Los Angeles, California to Japanese American parents, Takei speaks openly about his childhood experiences during World War II. When he was five years old, Takei and his family were forced to relocate from their home to internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. His family returned to Los Angeles after the war. Breaking through racial barriers, Takei found success as an actor and reached peak science-fiction fandom for his iconic role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek television series and movies. Takei continues to act on stage and screen, and he fervently advocates for LGBTQ rights and fought for marriage equality in America.

Upstander Speaker: Dr. Mehnaz Afridi | May 10, 2017 | Director of Holocaust, Genocide and Inter Faith Center, Educator, Author| Location TBD
Dr. Afridi’s research aims to understand the relations between Muslims, Jews, and Christians and to promote an open interfaith dialogue between them. Raised in Western Europe and the Middle East, Dr. Afridi is a Muslim whose curiosity led her to question the reasons behind the racial and political tensions she witnessed between Jews and Muslims. Unfamiliar with the Holocaust, she studied under her professor during a teaching assistantship, and then delved further to learn about Judaism, the Holocaust, and the role of Muslims, Islamophobia and antisemitism. Her studies led her to Israel where she began interviewing Holocaust survivors to hear their stories and hardships. Dr. Afridi currently serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. Many of her publications focus on how her contemporaries expressed antisemitism. Her forthcoming book, Shoah Through Muslim Eyes, is based on her personal and academic journey into Judaism as a Muslim.

Upstander Speaker: Dr. Samantha Nutt | November 9, 2017 | Medical Doctor, Humanitarian, Author, Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA | Location TBD
As a recent medical-school graduate in 1995, Dr. Nutt found work as a field volunteer with UNICEF in Baidoa, Somalia, alias “city of death.” Impassioned and emboldened by what she witnessed there, Dr. Nutt began her lifetime career as an advocate for children’s and women’s rights in major war zones around the world. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria to Darfur, Sudan, Dr. Nutt has been on the frontlines of the world’s major conflict zones, and her work has helped thousands of children affected by war. Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book is a #1 bestseller. It combines original research with personal stories that span her career of hands-on care with children and families impacted by violence. She did this while founding the renowned global humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA. A leading authority on war, current affairs and international policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most fearless and recognized humanitarian speakers in the field.

Building a Foundation of Hope

Last week we announced our Capital Campaign to build a larger and state-of-the-art museum, with an expanded mission and scope--the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Our webpage that will share all of the updates on our progress will be live later today

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Dallas Holocaust Museum to Build New
State-of-the-Art Museum in Downtown Dallas

The Museum will have a new name—Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum—and an expanded mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference at a time when Texas leads the nation in the number of active hate groups.

The new 50,000-square-foot museum will accommodate more than 200,000 visitors a year, and more than quadruple its exhibition space.

DALLAS, Oct. 27, 2016—The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance today announced that it will build a new permanent home in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas.

The new museum will bear a new name – the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum – and an expanded mission. It will be built on property owned by the Museum near Houston Street and the DART Rail corridor on Pacific Avenue, presently a parking lot, diagonally across from the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

“At a time when Texas leads the nation in the number of active hate groups, and the Dallas community is still healing from the July 7th attack on local law enforcement officers, the most violent and hateful act against law enforcement officers since 9/11, we believe the mission of the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is more important than ever,” said Museum President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins.

“The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will become an architectural icon in downtown Dallas, engaging 21st century audiences by dramatically expanding educational programming,” said Frank Risch, Campaign Co-chair. “The state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot museum will accommodate more than 200,000 visitors a year, half of whom will be school students. It will also more than quadruple its current exhibit space,” he said.

The new museum is being designed by Omniplan Architects and the permanent exhibition is being designed by Berenbaum Jacobs Associates, under the stewardship of Michael Berenbaum, the former Project Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the Washington D.C. Mall.

The new museum will be unique among the nation’s 21 Holocaust-related museums. In addition to a clear focus on the Holocaust, it will feature new exhibit galleries on human rights and American ideals. It will also feature modern, immersive and interactive content and technology along with an original boxcar used by the Nazis during the Holocaust to transport Jews and others. It will include a 250-seat theater, new classrooms, an expanded library and archive, modern technology throughout, additional staffing, and a special reflection and memorial area for visitors.

“We need a place that allows us to have a discussion about what human rights, diversity, and respect for others mean for our city today,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

The Museum has already raised two thirds of the funds it needs to start construction, which will take about two years to complete. More than $43 million has been raised of the $61 million budget. To raise additional funds, the Museum is launching the “Building a Foundation of Hope” capital campaign. Construction will begin as soon as remaining needed funds are raised, Higgins said.

“We have run out of space in our tiny current rented facility,” said Higgins. “We are limited in the number of visitors we can see at one time, and many schools and thousands of students are not able to visit as their class sizes are too large for our current museum. We have been forced to move many of our events to other venues. These are all wonderful problems to have, but we urgently have to address our community’s need for education surrounding the history of the Holocaust and its all too relevant lessons. This need has led our board to unanimously approve the ‘Building a Foundation of Hope’ capital campaign to create the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.”

Ann and Nate Levine, the new museum’s most generous donors, have stated that “Education is at the heart of everything the Museum does. Our goal is to change behavior by raising awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred, and injustice and what happens when people don’t stand up to threats against humanity.” The Levines also note that “the new museum will focus on Upstanders—those individuals who stand up to prejudice, hatred, and indifference—and whose efforts inspire us to make a difference in our community and world.”

The Museum recently commissioned an independent academic study to gauge the impact that a visit to the Museum has on students and educators. The results make very clear that student attitudes and tolerance levels are strongly impacted by Museum visits:
• Understanding that passive actions/bystander behavior have negative impacts increased by 56.8% for middle school and 31.1% for high school students
• Capacity to examine their own behaviors increased by 19.4% in middle school and 15.7% in high school students
• 83.3% of teachers said students are more willing to stand up for others
Roger Staubach, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, honoree of the Museum’s 2010 Hope for Humanity award dinner, and long-time Museum supporter, says “We need to take the next step for all the people of Dallas to be able to teach more teachers, to educate more students, and ultimately transform Dallas into a city of Upstanders. This new museum will continue to showcase Dallas as a beacon of hope for our nation and our world.”

The Museum has played an important role in the community for the past 32 years. The new museum, with its dramatically larger facilities and expanded educational and cultural programming, will galvanize North Texans to learn and understand the lessons of the Holocaust, thereby combating hatred and injustice.

The Museum is grateful for the following leadership gifts to the “Building a Foundation of Hope” campaign to create the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (as of print date):

Capital Campaign Donors Include:

$1,000,0000-$2,999,999: Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Family Foundation; Alon USA Energy, Inc.; Janet and Jeffrey Beck; The Brown Family; Cinemark; Cynthia and Robert Feldman; Funk Families; Estate of Lilian Furst; Glazer Family; Lisa and Neil Goldberg; Sherry and Kenny Goldberg; Dot and Basil Haymann; The Hirsch Family Foundation; Helen and Frank Risch; Simmons Sisters Fund; Donna and Herbert Weitzman; Peggy and Mark Zilbermann; $3,000,0000-$4,999,999: Carol and Steve Aaron; $10,000,000: Ann and Nate Levine.

To learn more about the “Building a Foundation of Hope” capital campaign, please contact Mary Pat Higgins at (214) 741-7500. For additional information about the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, please visit: DallasHolocaustMuseum.org. (Please note that the New Building webpage will be available by the afternoon of 10.27.16).

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About the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The Museum’s educational and cultural programs have a profound effect on people of all ages. In 2016, over 80,000 visitors will tour the Museum. Many write that their lives have been transformed by the experience. Our exhibits and programs convey the lessons of the Holocaust including the horrors brought on by unchecked discrimination and deep-rooted hatred which led to the attempted annihilation of the Jews and the systematic persecution of others. Visitors also learn about human and civil rights, their centrality to our democracy, and their vital importance in preventing events like those of the Holocaust from happening again.

The Museum is located at 211 N. Record Street, Dallas, Texas 75202. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit DallasHolocaustMuseum.org or call (214) 741-7500.

Docent Training Begins February 22

Become a Docent: Receive in-depth training in Holocaust and Museum history. Educate school groups and the public on the Holocaust. Teach new generations about becoming UPSTANDERS and join team of docents and Museum education staff to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. Classes start Feb. 22. Apply by August 15 online at: Apply for Docent Training or click on the "Support" tab then click on "Volunteer"

Spring 2017
Application deadline: January 15, 2017
Training start date: February 22, 2017

Honors and Memorials

THE TRIBUTE PROGRAM
The Dallas Holocaust Museum Tribute Program allows donor to honor or memorialize a family member, friend or other loved one. Donations allow us to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and teach the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference. Below are the names of the donors who participated in the tribute program from July through December 2015 along with those they have chosen to recognize. The tributes are listed alphabetically by honoree.

GIFTS IN CELEBRATION OF

Blake William Birnbrey’s birth, grandson of Sherry and Kenny Goldberg from Regional Hillel of North Texas
Asher Chamoy's Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Stacybeth Cohen's Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Eliana Lazarow's Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Abby Meyers' Bat Mitzvah from Terry and Mike Triedman, and Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Jennifer Mitchell's Bat Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Ryan Newman's Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal
Max Rathfeder’s birth, grandson of Barbara and Stan Rabin from Renee Lubin
in honor of Jolene Risch's birthday from Aaron Minsky
Daphne and David Sydney's anniversary from Julie and David Fields
Joanne and Charles Teichman's anniversary from Julie and David Fields
Carter Weinstein's Bar Mitzvah from Tamar and Arthur Leventhal

GIFTS IN HONOR OF
Mary Pat Higgins and Museum Staff from Jason Lalonde and Warren Winkelman
Paul Kessler from Stephen Kaye, and People’s Bible Class at UCC
Bobbi & Richard Massman from Charlotte Schuman
Dr. Jimmy Reisman from Ellen Feibel
Frank & Helen Risch from Ruth Vernet
Fred Strauss from Karen and Andy Cohen
Joanne & Charles Teichman from Carol Marvin
Daniel and Margaret, Michael, Kathleen from Daniel Flax

GIFTS IN MEMORY OF

Daniel Blake Anderson from William Burns, Susan and Alan Klein, and Natalie and Lawrence Rosenbloom
Pam Barnes from Thomas Perryman
Marilyn Pear Cooper from Joanne & Charles Teichman
Rose Gelderman from Nola Gold
mother of Lauren Goldberg from Susan and Alan Klein
Julian Gollay from Daniel Flax
Don Golman from Susan and Alan Klein
Lois Gordon from Lois Gordon Endowment Fund
Emma Joisin from Carol and Steve Aaron, Lisa and Jim Albert, Lindsay Applebaum, Eugene Bock, Candy and Ike Brown, Carol Gene and Howard Cohen, Sherrie and Alan Eisenman, Marsha and Nathan Feldman, Judy Foxman, Shirlie Frauman, Linda and David Garner, Courtney Goldberg, Susan and Martin Golman, Cindy and Alan Golman, Marlene Gorin, Bonnie and Michael Grossfeld, Liz and Thomas Halsey,Ynette and Jim Hogue, Lori and Randall Isenberg, Pearlie and Julius Leshin, Wendy and Stephen Lieman, Debbie and Alan Postel, Rita and Mitchell Rasansky, Helen and Frank Risch, Beverly and Cary Rossel, Devorah Rubin, Reginald Sandoval, Celia and Larry Schoenbrun, Florence and Howard Shapiro, Karen and Martin Sosland, Phyllis and Ronald Steinhart, Joanne and Charles Teichman, Kelly and Jacob Unger, Leona and Leon Veeder, Jackie and Steve Waldman, Judy and Bob Yonack, Ethel Zale
Renate Kahn from Patricia and Joseph Coats, Ynette and Jim Hogue, Marianne McCall, Jane Winer and Monty Strauss, Carol and Peter Winston, and Karen Rosensteel
Sheri Rosenberg Kanter from Susan and Alan Klein
Helen Neuberg from Gayle Hoffer
Jeffrey Phillips from Jackie and Steve Waldman
Aaron Prengler from Forest on the Creek HOA
mother of Carol Rashbaum from Susan and Alan Klein
father of Kerri Rossel from Susan and Alan Klein
Anita Sherman from Susan and Alan Klein
Roger Stanley from Joanne & Charles Teichman
Phillip Strull from Mary and Barry Rothschild
Maliette Wolens from Diane and Mark Fleschler, Ynette and Jim Hogue, Vincent Sorello, Sarah Yarrin and Jack Repp, Jackie and Steve Waldman, Anita and Todd Chanon, and Carol Gene and Howard Cohen
my dad and brother from Patty Traub

To make a tribute gift, please call 214 741-7500 or visit dallasholocaustmuseum.org/support