The mission of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center is to educate the people of Alabama about the history and lessons of the Holocaust in order to create a more just and compassionate world that recognizes the dignity, potential, and humanity of every individual.
By preserving and sharing the stories of Holocaust survivors and commemorating the lives of those who perished, the BHEC promotes an ethical response to contemporary instances of antisemitism, bigotry, and indifference.
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims; six million were murdered. The Nazis also targeted Roma, political dissidents, people with disabilities, prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Black people, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as countless other Europeans based on their race, ethnicity, or nationality.