Central to the mission of the Florida Holocaust Museum is the program to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the historical record and artistic and interpretation of the Holocaust and other genocides. The Museum collects and maintains the material that supports its efforts in the areas of research, exhibition, education, and commemoration. The focus of the Museum’s collecting efforts (and collection) is on the policies, events, and experiences associated with the Holocaust.
The Museum’s collecting activity extends backward to the end of the World War I and forward to the close of the Jewish displaced persons (DP) camps in the mid-1950s. These chronological boundaries can be further extended by collecting materials related to Holocaust and crimes against humanity war crimes trials; testimonies about the Holocaust and its aftermath; materials regarding restitution efforts; contemporary documentation concerning Holocaust deniers; other known and documented instances of genocide; the civil rights struggle in the United States and elsewhere; current examples of discrimination; and by accepting other materials in order to preserve the integrity of personal collections when they are offered for donation. It is also a major focus of the Museum to acquire art that relates to the Holocaust, genocide and appropriate areas of the human condition.
Documenting the Holocaust
In order to continue to document the Holocaust accurately, authentically, and powerfully, the Florida Holocaust Museum continues to seek original material about the Holocaust, the American and world responses, armed and spiritual resistance and rescue, liberation, and the reestablishment of life after the Holocaust.
The Museum is imploring survivors and subsequent generations of the Tampa Bay community to share their stories. We are looking for original documents (such as identity cards, work permits, ration cards, passports, immigration certificates, ship tickets, postcards), letters, diaries, original works of art and music, photographs, clothing, religious materials, yizkor books, personal artifacts, toys, historic film footage, home movies, and other artifacts that were kept with you, created, and/or used throughout the time period surrounding the Holocaust. Your stories are very important to us.
Highlights from the Art Collection
As an American Association of Museums accredited institution, the Museum assumes full responsibility for its long term care and storage and commits itself to making this material accessible to curators, scholars and researchers, in perpetuity.
Please contact the Curator of Exhibitions & Collections for donation inquiries.
The Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture Series at USFSP Presents: Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of Irena’s ChildrenMarch 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
April 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
April 30 @ 10:00 am - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
- The FHM Launches “25 Survivors, 25 Stories… Celebrating 25 Years!” Oral History Series March 25, 2017
- The Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Celebrity Judges for Pass the Plate: The FHM’s Spring Cook-Off! March 22, 2017
- The Florida Holocaust Museum Launches 25th Anniversary “Ask Me” Campaign March 21, 2017
- The FHM Announces 3rd Annual “Pass the Plate: The FHM Spring Cook-Off” March 16, 2017
- Internationally Renowned Human Rights Activist John Prendergast to Speak in Gulfport! March 6, 2017