Established by a group of St. Pete community leaders, the Florida Holocaust Museum honors victims and educates visitors.
As one of the largest Holocaust museums in the United States, the Florida Holocaust Museum devotes itself to preventing the repetition of such atrocities. St. Petersburg businessman and philanthropist Walter P. Loebenberg, an escapee of Nazi Germany and World War II veteran of the United States Army, devoted himself to this cause. First opened in 1992 as the Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center, on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County, the museum quickly outgrew the small space. As it expanded in resources and attendance, it became the preeminent source of Holocaust information in the Southeastern United States. By 1998, the organization moved into its current space in downtown St. Petersburg, and the name was changed to the Florida Holocaust Museum in 1999.
Florida Holocaust Museum
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The Florida Holocaust Museum actively devotes itself to education throughout the community, and for all of its visitors. As one of the top Holocaust museums in the country, its influence is vast. With resources such as artifacts, a print and audio-visual library, a research facility and more, the Florida Holocaust Museum works continuously to provide the best education possible on the Holocaust. The museum even worked towards establishing Florida legislation of mandating the Holocaust in public education. Through its various actions and clear devotion to Holocaust education, the museum plays an integral role in the St. Petersburg community.
Core values/mission statement
"The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides."