11 July 2018 // Announcements

Holocaust & Humanity Center Breaks Ground

The Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC) officially commenced construction of its new home at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal. JRA has teamed up with internationally renowned firm, Berenbaum Jacobs Associates, to conceive and design the new exhibition, which will open in January 2019.

The HHC exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. It educates about the Holocaust, remembers its victims, and acts on its lessons. Through innovative programs and partnerships, HHC challenges injustice, inhumanity and prejudice, and fosters understanding, inclusion and engaged citizenship. HHC impacts over 100,000 individuals each year.

Once the move is completed, HHC will occupy nearly 12,000 square feet of space on the mezzanine and lower levels of Union Terminal. The future home of the HHC holds significance, as most survivors who rebuilt their lives in Greater Cincinnati arrived by train and took their first steps in their new home at Union Terminal.

A Storytelling Insitution

The new Center will be a storytelling institution recounting of the rise of Nazism and the dismantling of democracy, of the attacks against Jews and their loss of essential freedoms and protections. It will tell a Cincinnati story of efforts to assist refugees and make this city a haven, and of the national leadership in rescue efforts. It will honor American liberators who brought Nazi Germany and its tyranny to an end. It will tell the story of survivors who rebuilt their lives in freedom in Cincinnati who became symbols of resilience. After learning about one of the darkest chapters in humanity, the Humanity Gallery will use the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action today. Here the museum will explore what visitors can do now to strengthen themselves as individuals, to take action at both a local and global level, towards topics that affect all of humanity.

Holocaust Humanity Center exhibit design

A Unique Partnership

“This demo, with all of our closest supporters standing by, carries incredible significance for the future of our organization,” Weiss said. “At a time of rising hatred, antisemitism and violent extremism around the world, the time for this relocation to Union Terminal is now. One need only read a local newspaper or watch the news to know that acts of violence, fueled by hatred and prejudice, are on the rise, both around the globe and here at home. Bringing the lessons of the Holocaust into the civic conversation is needed now more than ever. This unique partnership will be a first of its kind in the United States, putting Cincinnati on the map.”

“We are pleased to welcome the Holocaust and Humanity Center as neighbors within Union Terminal,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “The work they do is so important and we know that in moving to Union Terminal they can help challenge an even larger audience to think more critically and stand up against injustice.”

Eddie Jacobs, BJA Lead Designer, and Michael Berenbaum, original Project Director for the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, said, “Berenbaum Jacobs Associates is honored to be part of this remarkable exhibition design team and to collaborate with JRA in developing a unique experience for the Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal. The narrative will be engaging and relevant, inspiring in visitors of all ages the realization that every individual action can make a difference.”

“JRA has enjoyed a 15-year relationship with the Holocaust & Humanity Center, and we are honored to partner with Berenbaum Jacobs Associates in the relocation and renovation of this very important exhibition,” said Dan Schultz, JRA Chief Operating Officer. “Through the expanded footprint and more prominent location, thousands of additional visitors will be able to immerse themselves in these important stories, including the survivors’ tales of loss, hope and resilience.”

Holocaust Humanity Center exhibit design

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal