Holocaust Museum Houston to Mark 10 Years of Teaching the Dangers of Hate, Prejudice and Apathy with Free, Public Ceremonies on March 5

HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 15, 2006) – Holocaust Museum Houston will mark its first 10 years as one of Houston’s most important cultural and educational institutions with free, outdoor public ceremonies on March 5, 2006, through the publication of a new commemorative book and with the launch of a new exhibit dedicated to the inspirational stories of survivors of the Holocaust who made their homes in the Houston area.

The highlight of the March 5 ceremonies, set to begin at 2 p.m., will be formal dedication of the Museum’s newest exhibit, a 1942 authentic German railcar of the type used to carry millions of Jews to their deaths in the concentration camps of Germany and Poland.

All events will be held outside the Museum, at 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District, and all will be free and open to the public.

Since its opening in March 1996, Holocaust Museum Houston has become a worldwide center for Holocaust education, impacting more than 1,500 school children each day. More than 800,000 guests have visited the Museum, and its curriculum trunk programs and other educational services have touched the lives of more than 2 million children around the world. Teachers from as far away as Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Romania have taken advantage of the Museum’s training programs.

Speaking at the formal rededication ceremonies will be Houston Mayor Bill White; Fred Zeidman, chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington, DC; nationally known Holocaust scholar John K. Roth; and area Holocaust survivor Chaja Verveer. Verveer and her family went into hiding when she was only one year old. She was hidden but betrayed. She was placed on a rail transport to the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen in Germany and then to the camp at Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. She was liberated in May 1945 and subsequently reunited with her mother.