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.
The Florida Holocaust Museum provides several traveling exhibitions related to the Holocaust and other genocides to museums, historical societies, libraries, art galleries and community centers across the country. Please see the links at the left for more information on each available exhibitions.
Information about associated charges, requirements and contents are included for each exhibitions.
For questions about our traveling exhibitions, please contact:
727-820-0100, extension 271
March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
- Internationally Renowned Human Rights Activist John Prendergast to Speak in Gulfport! March 6, 2017
- The Florida Holocaust Museum Celebrates 25 Years with SOLD OUT Celebration in St. Petersburg! March 2, 2017
- Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 31, 2017
- Students and Holocaust Survivors Come Together to Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2017
- Exhibition Opening “Courage & Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers” January 13, 2017