By Chris Fish
COCOA BEACH -- Brevard County residents are being asked to find the "Courage to Remember," as a national Holocaust exhibit comes to Cocoa Beach this February.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center's world-renowned "The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945" traveling exhibit will address the issue of anti-Semitism, violence and discrimination by using education, said Ted Grover, executive director of Foundation for California.
"Today, Holocaust education is more important than it has been in many years," he said. "With the rise of hate crimes in our country and worldwide, it takes on new urgency. We must be forward-thinking, adapting the best techniques and means to educate all people about the lessons of the Holocaust. This exhibit helps to do just that.
"The Holocaust is not just a chapter in a history book about the past," he said. "Rather, these lessons are universal and relevant to our own time, and they remind us of the imperative to speak out when groups are targeted because of their identity. This exhibit is instructive in how we must be vigilant and responsive to present-day dangers against people of all backgrounds in our society."
A ribbon cutting ceremony will commence on Monday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
In attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony will be leaders from the Jewish community, as well as civic, educational, business, government and community figures.
A Holocaust survivor will provide remarks, presenting an opportunity for those in attendance to learn more about the tragic moment in history.
The exhibit will be on display at the Cocoa Beach Country Club from Feb. 11-27, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The Courage to Remember" is a historical exhibit of the Holocaust, created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Since 1988, the exhibit has been viewed in dozens of countries across six continents, and it consists of 42 panels of photographs and text, giving a historical account the Nazi's murderous campaign, in which nearly 11 million people lost their lives.
With nearly 200 original photographs, in which, Mr. Gover said, many have never been seen by the general public, the exhibit provides a powerful insight into the Holocaust.
"Holocaust education is vital toward fostering an understanding among different communities," Mr. Gover said. "(This exhibit) is one such tool to this end, and it reminds us, as free peoples, of our responsibility to protect our freedoms, work toward a more just society, improve the human condition and commit ourselves to what the famous Nazi hunter of Blessed Memory Mr. Simon Wiesenthal said: 'Hope lives when people remember.""
"The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945" exhibit ribbon cutting ceremony will be Monday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, located at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., in Cocoa Beach.
The opening ceremony is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, contact Ted Gover at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 355-1325.
The exhibit will run from Feb. 11-27, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.