Dear Friends,

Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims who perished and honoring the Survivors’ legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy and inspire and support this and future generations to stand against those forces. We honor the past so that we may act in hope for the future, and we invite you to join us as we expand our service to our community.

HMH, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, their descendants and members of the community, is accredited by The American Alliance of Museums. The museum currently entertains 163,000 visitors. This includes more than 43,500 middle and high school students whose time with us builds their historical knowledge and their empathy.

Our work with these young people is particularly compelling as we encourage them to become “upstanders” – young men and women who take a stand on behalf of themselves and others. The late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and acclaimed author, asserted that “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.” We remember this truth as we watch our youth grow in conviction and action.

HMH is a place of learning and empowerment as well as a place of reflection and connection. The Museum uses exhibits grounded in history to invite participation from people representing the remarkable diversity of Houston and the surrounding regions. According to a recent study from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, Houston is the most ethnically diverse major metropolitan center in the United States. HMH’s mission is all the more important in this context. It is a place where people of all backgrounds can embark on journeys of self-discovery, gain respect for individual differences and experience the strength that comes from valuing all human experience.

This is an exciting time in the history of HMH. We are poised for an unprecedented expansion of the Museum’s physical space and of its on-site and outreach programming. On behalf of the Leadership Circle, we ask for your support of this campaign. With your help, HMH will continue to honor the memory of all Holocaust victims, preserve the stories of our local Survivors and serve as a catalyst to champion diversity and inclusion in the greater Houston metropolitan area.

Sincerely,

Gary Markowitz
Chair, Board of Trustees


Heidi Gerger
Campaign Co-Chair


Benjamin S. Warren
Campaign Co-Chair


Artistic rendering of Lester and Sue Smith Campus





Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Benjamin S. Warren and Heidi Gerger




Leadership Circle
Ginger Blanton
Martin J. Fein
Elizabeth L. Ghrist
Guillermo Gueffen
Walter Hecht
Gail Klein
Gary Markowitz
Mark Mucasey
Roy Nichol
Judy Nyquist
Jennifer B. Stockel
Inna Wizig
Ed Wulfe
Fred Zeidman
Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D., CEO