MAPPING OUR TEARS at the Skirball Museum, Cincinnati

Monday, September 1, 2003

Skirball Museum, Cincinnati

As a teenage girl was carried out of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, a liberating soldier put five pictures in her pocket. He whispered in her ear “Tell the world.” This story is part of a Cincinnatian’s testimony in Mapping Our Tears and is the mandate for the 21st century.

Mapping Our Tears is an innovative and original educational facility that “tells the world.” Situated in Cincinnati on the historic Hebrew Union College campus, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education invites people of all ages to hear the voices directly from the people who eye-witnessed the world-altering events of WWII and the Holocaust.

Mapping Our Tears is the story of people. It is about people from all walks of life who live in this area. It is the story of the best that America offers: hope, democracy, multiculturalism, and an unwavering commitment to fight evil. An amazingly varied and steady stream of men and women have voluntarily stepped forward to offer their stories, artifacts, memories and prized possessions, for one unified purpose: “to tell the world.”

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the unveiling of Mapping Our Tears on September 4, 2003. Located in the Skirball Museum in Mayerson Hall on the HUC-JIR campus, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Mapping Our Tears will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. Trained staff and volunteers among the survivor and WWII veterans will be available to groups. All groups must be scheduled by contacting the Center at 513.221.1875 ext 355 or chhe@huc.edu. If you are interested in becoming a docent, please contact the Center.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu