The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.


Library/Archive: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm; Wed until 7 pm by appointment only. Call for appointment.

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Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street Suite #106
Overland Park, KS 66211
Phone: 913-327-8192

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The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education was founded in 1993 by Holocaust survivors Isak Federman and Jack Mandelbaum. The center teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Located at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, the center reaches thousands of youths and adults each year through school and community outreach programs, often offered in cooperation with other not-for-profits.

The center is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations. Jean Zeldin, MCHE’s Executive Director, serves on the association's board of directors and is an appointed member of the Kansas Holocaust Commission.

Through a study of the Holocaust and the stories of the people who experienced it, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education seeks to increase compassion and understanding. It teaches what can happen within a democratic society when hatred and bigotry go unchallenged. The center encourages individual responsibility by showing how the actions of one person can make a difference. The center relates the events of the past to contemporary issues of intolerance.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education serves a diverse population, in terms of age, religion, race, economic status, ethnicity, and gender. Programs reach both the Jewish and general community, including students and teachers in public, private, and parochial settings, primarily grades seven and up. The center focuses on Greater Kansas City, its urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as a resource for other communities on a case-by-case basis.

Programs include presentations by children of survivors, an annual White Rose Student Essay Contest, teacher education, including a cadre of professional educators who serve as teacher-trainers and mentors, an academic roundtable of college and university faculty, commemorative programs, as well as special lectures and exhibits. The library houses a witness archive and more than 3,000 titles available for free loan. Traveling resource collections are loaned to secondary school classrooms.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education has developed resources to preserve local connections to the Holocaust. The Witnesses to the Holocaust project resulted in the taping of nearly fifty eyewitness testimonies and production of two award-winning video documentaries. The center's Portrait 2000 exhibit includes fifty black and white photographs with accompanying text based on audio-taped interviews. In 2001, Kansas City Star books published "From the Heart: Life Before and After the Holocaust ~ A Mosaic of Memories", based on Portrait 2000. More than 70 testimonies by local Holocaust survivors are available.

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