SAN ANTONIO – Across a large hall, the walls of the San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum are filled with eerie photographs and artifacts documenting history at its worst.
“Fortunately, we have a museum like this in San Antonio,” said Nammi Ichilov, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. Especially at times like this, when there is a wave of anti-Semitic acts, Ichilov said.
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Around early November 1938, “Kristallnacht, or the night of shattered glass, the Nazis really took to the streets,” Ichilov said. “It was a turning point where they felt empowered because people didn’t stand up.”
Ichilov said that anti-Semitic groups and individuals who support hatred “try to see where the general public stands on anti-Semitic acts”.
Because San Antonio categorically rejected the hate, Ichilov said he believed the groups responsible for the recent anti-Semitic protests were from outside the state.
“The Jewish community has been embraced, loved, welcomed in San Antonio for over 100 years,” Ichilov said.
The museum, located at 12500 NW Military, is open to the public and offers a variety of educational programs for teachers and students.
“I have been an educator for 30 years and believe that education can really be the silver bullet that will take us forward,” Ichilov said.
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