Holocaust museum offers free admission in wake of recent antisemitism

Citing the recent surge in antisemitism across the country, Cincinnati’s Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will waive museum ticket costs for the remainder of the year.  The award-winning museum is open at historic Union Terminal from December 8 through January 2, 2023.

David Wise, interim CEO of the Holocaust & Humanity Center, said there is a need to educate the public about Judaism and the Holocaust at a critical time.

“As the only Holocaust museum in Ohio, our organization is in a unique position to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into the civic conversation. It is our responsibility to ensure the public can learn from the lessons of history, and this is a clear and immediate way for us to make an impact in this critical moment,” Wise said in a statement.

“We all must choose to stand up against antisemitism, and that starts with educating ourselves.”

There are daily antisemitic incidents around the country. Locally on Dec. 4, two men vandalized the Hillel House at the University of Cincinnati.

The Fox19 story reports that last year, the Anti-Defamation League reported that Ohio saw a 92% increase in antisemitic incidents, making 2021 the highest year on record.

Recent antisemitic rhetoric incidents coming from all sides of the political spectrum and ideological diverse actors highlight the problematic increase in Jew hatred.

Wise said December is one of the busiest attendance times for the Holocaust museum, and he hopes people will come to the museum to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust.

The exhibits include Dimensions in Testimony – an artificial intelligence exhibit available in only nine other museums in the world. Using specialized recording and display technologies and next-generation natural language processing, it allows visitors to ask displays featuring Holocaust survivors questions and receive responses in real time.

“Cincinnati Museum Center stands as a partner with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in using education to combat antisemitism,” said Cincinnati Museum Center President & CEO Elizabeth Pierce in the release. “Museums are built for moments like these, and there are very few communities with a resource like the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. In this ongoing struggle against hate, its world-class exhibits, technology, and programs are needed now more than ever.”

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is open Thursdays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in December. For special holiday hours, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is also open: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday and Wednesday, December 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about visiting the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity, visit HTTPS://WWW.HOLOCAUSTANDHUMANITY.ORG/MUSEUM/

Regular ticketing fees apply for all other museums within Union Terminal.

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