History, Heritage and Hope Permanent Exhibition



The Museum's core exhibition, History, Heritage and Hope spans the first floor.  Featuring original artifacts, video, and photos, it presents the history of the Holocaust beginning with the history of antisemitism and life before World War II, followed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation.  The history of other victim groups, ghettoes and rescue are shown. 


The exhibition culminates with sections about concentration camps and killing centers and a boxcar that was used during the Holocaust.  The final area presented is Lessons for Today where visitors learn about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today. 


About our Boxcar

The Florida Holocaust Museum is home to one of the few remaining railroad boxcars used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other prisoners to places like Auschwitz and Treblinka.  Boxcar #113 069-5 now rests on original tracks from the Treblinka Killing Center as a silent tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust and is featured as part of the History, Heritage and Hope permanent exhibition.


Boxcar #113 069-5, along with the rest of the boxcars, was the first place of death for many during the Holocaust.  The bare freight cars often became a suffocation chamber for some of the people (100 or more at a time) who were squeezed into it.  Those who survived the trip had to endure the journey under conditions of hunger and thirst, extreme overcrowding, and horrible sanitation.  Many of those deported, especially the elderly and children died during the journey.


Also featured in our Permanent Exhibition is Kaddish in Wood by Dr. Herbert Savel. For more information on this exhibition and its availability as a traveling exhibition, click here.