The Oral History Collection includes more than 2,400 interviews with Holocaust Survivors, Liberators, Rescuers, and other eyewitnesses. The HDEC continues to conduct interviews in our on-site studio. The HDEC is the only organization that transcribes each of our oral history interviews, which will be made accessible online in the future.
The HDEC is proud to have authored and lobbied for Florida statute 1004.32, mandating Holocaust education in the State of Florida. In compliance with the mandate, the HDEC organizes Student Awareness Days, Teacher Institutes, tours to the Rail car, and annual contests. These programs focus on the history and lessons of the Holocaust as well as dangers of hatred, prejudice, and bullying.
Currently in the planning stages, the South Florida Holocaust Museum will feature exhibits about life before, during, and after WWII. Featured items will include a fully restored and identified Holocaust Rail car and a US Army Sherman M3A4 tank, as well as oral history interviews, documents, photographs, and artifacts from HDEC’s collection.
HDEC’s Reference and Research Library houses more than 5,000 volumes of books, journals, and DVDs related to the Holocaust. The library is open to the public, and teachers and professors may borrow items for use in their classes. Looking for something in particular? Search our online catalogue!