Upcoming Events

The Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission sponsors Holocaust education and awareness programs in Missouri in order to encourage the understanding of the Holocaust and discourage bigotry.

May 6, 2024

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jefferson City, Missouri

Hosted by the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission

May 19 – 21, 2024

Follow-up Training for Pilot Participants

St. Louis, Missouri

Hosted by the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission

June 2 – 4, 2024

Teaching the Holocaust in Missouri Schools
Professional Training Workshop

Columbia, Missouri

Hosted by the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission

Past Events

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

The Commission supported the opening program for the Holocaust remembrance project Lest We Forget by the UNESCO Artist of Peace, Luigi Toscano, at Washington University St. Louis. The photos of 12 Holocaust survivors from St. Louis were included in the exhibition that ran from October 20 – November 6, 2022. Lest We Forget.

State Conferences

To help inform educators about the new Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Act, the Commission attends various state conferences to make presentations and host information tables.

Missouri Council of the Social Studies Conference

February 17-18, 2023

Independence, MO

DESE Powerful Learning Conference

January 30 -31, 2023

Osage Beach, MO

Yom HaShoah

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day is important to the Commission. Yom HaShoah as it is called in Hebrew corresponds to the 27 th day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar and marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

2023

Observing Yom HaShoah in person for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic provided a welcomed opportunity for community. The Commission participated in the St. Louis Kaplan

Feldman Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Yom HaShoah program and supported the community fellowship. The Commission spoke about education as a form of resistance and a Social Studies teacher and her student from the St. Louis community presented a white rose in honor of the righteous.

2022

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a virtual Yom HaShoah program was in order.  The Commission was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum’s virtual Yom HaShoah program where the Commission made a call to conscience.

2021

The Covid-19 pandemic may have slowed our world down but it didn’t stop organizations from commemorating Yom HaShoah.  The Commission appreciated the opportunity to participate in the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum’s Yom HaShoah program focused on St. Louis survivors and honored community Torah scrolls.  The Commission shared a message on lessons from the past.

2019

The Governor’s Mansion was host to a commemoration of the Holocaust sponsored by the Commission.  A Holocaust survivor from Kansas City spoke at the ceremony and was recognized on the House Floor at the State Capitol.  Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe read a proclamation speaking out against antisemitism which was presented to the Commission.

2012

The Commission showcased the winners of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center’s Art and Writing contest at the Missouri State Capitol.  A smaller exhibit was also on display at the Missouri State Archives for a period of one month.

Professional Development

It is only with an educated citizenry that we can as a community, a state and a nation stand up against antisemitism and hatred.

2014

With a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, the Commission successfully held a multi-day professional development workshop for approximately 40 Missouri educators.  This workshop was held at the University of Missouri Columbia and concluded with a day at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.

News

The Missouri House of Representatives has published an open letter expressing their unwavering support for the State of Israel and its right to exist and defend itself.  

New Survey by Claims Conference Finds Significant Lack of Holocaust Knowledge in the United States

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference)