We’re honored to announce our first official art exhibit at Liberty Park Library! Students from middle and high schools around Spokane recently submitted pieces of art focusing on the theme “Why Holocaust Education” to the 7th Annual Art Competition by Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust Planning Committee, Temple Beth Shalom.
Winners from this competition are now featured at our Liberty Park location through the end of May. Join us in learning from and honoring the work these young individuals created.
About the Theme
The Holocaust was the most extensive planned and executed genocide in recorded history. In 1933 Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power in Germany. They cultivated long-standing fear and hatred for “non-Aryans” to rally the German people to wage war against the rest of Europe. A central objective of the Nazis was to rid the world of people they deemed either inferior or a threat – Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Communists, homosexuals, people with disabilities, and particularly Jews. When World War II ended in 1945, the Nazis and their collaborators had exterminated 11 million people, of whom 6 million were Jews. Two-thirds of the entire Jewish population of Europe (1/3 of the world’s Jewish population) was eradicated.
Study of the Holocaust provides a unique opportunity to learn how hatred and intolerance can progress to genocide. But the subject receives little attention in most Inland NW schools.
View this sneak peek of some of the winners and visit Liberty Park Library to browse the full exhibit.