Mission of Holocaust & 
Human Rights Center of Maine


Have we learned the lessons of the Holocaust? History will record that we have not. Lessons unlearned call for new ways of teaching, and compel us to innovate – as educators, as citizens, as organizations.

– Robert Bernheim, PhD, Executive Director, HHRC

At the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine, we advocate the examined life.  Our mission: getting to the bottom of intolerance.  By teaching people to think about others by thinking for themselves, we join the effort to create an ethically literate future society.

Through forward-looking initiatives in education, exhibition and advocacy, we engage students and spectators of all backgrounds, and expand the study of the Holocaust to address all abuse of human rights – from racial genocide to civil injustice to one human being’s unreasoning hatred.

Intolerance thrives, the danger is real.  Saying “never again” is not enough.  If to forget the past condemns us to repeat it, we make our own history by what we choose to remember – and keep our promise to the future by what we choose to do.

Founded in 1985, the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine welcomes all visitors to its new public exhibition space and resource facility, the Michael Klahr Center on the University of Maine Augusta campus.

Committed to entering the global conversation on human rights, HHRC encompasses a broad range of programs, partners, and constituents – integrated to effectively engage our mission on three fronts:

  1. Education
    Teaching children to teach – and think for – themselves.

  2. Exhibition
    Engaging spectators through images that stick and stories that speak.

  3. Advocacy
    Stimulating social conscience to inspire right action.

Aligning strategic goals with core values, HHRC actively seeks to:

  1. Embrace the cause of human rights for people and communities of all origins, and advocate tolerance and empathy as a way of life.

  2. Sustain free public access to HHRC as a non-profit resource center housing permanent installations, revolving galleries, interactive exhibits, multi-media classrooms, and library archives for ongoing research.

  3. Create and provide exemplary educational outreach programs of national pilot potential, and enliven the teaching of history through interactive software and progressive student-centered pedagogy.

  4. Advance the cause of humane education by teaching all children that they are worthy of care and respect, and are themselves caring and respectful.

  5. Nurture the moral reasoning skills, generosity of spirit, and habits of mind that will inspire students to confront prejudice, challenge indifference, and accept responsibility to examine their own lives through encounters with history.

  6. Provide teacher training and original curricula to reinforce the relevance of human rights in history to character education in the classroom; and promote the transfer of insights, life-skills, and emotional gains to home, play, and other settings.

  7. Support the state-wide adoption of revitalized Social Studies standards in primary and secondary education, and position Holocaust Studies as a viable college degree program.

  8. Develop assessment tools to observe, quantify, and report the outcomes of HHRC programs; and maintain a rigorous commitment to program evaluation, both from within and outside the organization.

  9. Cultivate partnerships with schools, providers, and funders; and seek inter-agency collaborations with like-minded institutions.

  10. Establish HHRC as a research center to support international scholarship by archiving oral histories of Maine-based survivors, liberators, and hidden children in the Holocaust.

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