|The Boniuk Library
The Boniuk Library houses the collections of Holocaust Museum Houston. The collections are divided into three separate areas: the circulating library, the archives and the Oral History Project.
All of these collections complement each other to give as complete a picture of the Holocaust and the perpetrators, survivors and victims of the Nazi regime. The library, with more than 9,500 volumes, is separated into its own distinct units. These include a reference section, rare books collection, juvenile literature and an audiovisual collection, as well as the general collections of fiction and non-fiction. While the library is mostly non-circulating, anyone may visit or use the library’s resources in-house for research and general education.
The archival collections at Holocaust Museum Houston offer great opportunities for research and display. Items on display in the permanent exhibit, Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers, are from the archives, as are many items in other changing exhibitions in the Museum. The collections range from manuscripts and emigration documentation to clothing and photographs. One of the largest collections in the archives is that of Charlton E. Meyer, Jr., and Gloria B. Meyer, which contains the largest amount of ghetto and concentration camp-issued money in the world.
Together with other collections from survivors and private collectors, the archives is a resource for anyone who desires to view actual documents from and about the Holocaust.
The archival collections are not loaned out but can be used on site by appointment with the archivist.
Oral History Project
The Oral History Project is a part of one of the most important missions of the Museum. Consisting of almost 300 oral testimonies, these histories are stored on VHS tapes with paper transcripts.
The testimonies were used in creating Voices and Voices II, the films shown in the Museum's Herzstein Theater. These films use clips of multiple testimonies to teach and enlighten visitors to the loss and strength of the people victimized in the Holocaust. These testimonies are available for viewing in the library when the archivist is available.
Guidelines for Use
Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
Library is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend appointments may be
made at the librarian's discretion.
For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 110, or email email@example.com.
Book Discussion: “The Inextinguishable Symphony,” by Martin Goldsmith
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
This April, Holocaust Museum Houston librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Inextinguishable Symphony,” by Martin Goldsmith. A moving account of emotional strength under fire chronicles the true story of two Jewish musicians who fell in love under the Nazi regime and managed to keep their passion and their music alive through very difficult times. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at 713-527-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to an interest list. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/Registerevent.aspx.
Writing Workshop: "Memoir as Monologue"
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This writing workshop, which meets on four consecutive Mondays, will allow participants to express the challenges and achievements in their lives through creative form. Participants will learn to write an effective, moving and personally meaningful dramatic monologue about their lives and prepare for the presentation of the monologue on July 21. The workshop will be facilitated by Maria Harris, HMH librarian. Admission is free, but registration is limited to 12 participants. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
Book Discussion: “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This May, Holocaust Museum Houston Librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian. This novel tells parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, and advance registration is requested. If registration is full, call 713-942-8000, ext. 110, or email email@example.com to add your name to an interest list. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.org.
Book Discussion: “The Optimists” by Andrew Miller
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This June, Holocaust Museum Houston Librarian Maria Harris facilitates a discussion of “The Optimists” by Andrew Miller. The novel’s main character, Clem Glass, was a successful photojournalist, firm in the belief that photographs could capture truth and beauty. Then, he went to Africa, where he witnessed the aftermath of a genocidal massacre. Glass returns to London with his faith in human nature shattered and his life derailed. Nothing can rouse his interest, and no other outlook can restore his faith. The one person Glass is able to connect with is his sister, who has made her own sudden retreat from reality into the shadows of mental illness, and he finds some peace nursing her back to health. This event is free. Registration is limited to 12 participants, and advance registration is requested. If registration is full, call 713-942-8000, ext. 110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to an interest list. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.org.
Friends of the Library was created to connect Holocaust Museum Houston
members and the Houston community with The Boniuk Library’s collection
and resources. All funds raised by Friends of the Library will build the
collection, increase visibility and expand public access to the
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