The Fletcher Free Library is honored to host an exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County called The Courage to Remember. The exhibit is comprised of 40-panels on the Nazi Holocaust. The Courage to Remember has been exhibited on six continents and seen by millions of people.
Starting March 21st, the public may tour the exhibit displayed throughout the Library, during our normal hours. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30pm in the Main Reading Room. The reception will feature opening statements by Mayor Miro Weinberger and the Library Director, Mary Danko, a keynote address by Ambassador Madeleine May Kunin, with an introduction by Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale.
Six million Jews and millions of others, including Gypsies, Slavs, political dissenters, homosexuals, P.O.W.'s and the mentally ill and infirm were murdered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. This exhibit chronicles the Nazi policy of racial hatred and the ways the Nazi regime moved from hateful propaganda to mass murder, culminating in the extermination of European Jewry and culture.
The Courage to Remember is both a tribute and a warning. A tribute to the millions who were murdered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945; and a warning that the root causes of the Holocaust persist.
Racial hatred and the complacency or complicity of ordinary individuals in the persecution of their neighbors are still ominously common. Thus, we must have the courage to remember and study the Holocaust, no matter how disturbing these studies and memories may be. The persecution of people is always and everywhere intolerable and to act against it is a beginning for hope.