CINCINNATI — A center that educates the public about the Holocaust will be moving to Cincinnati’s Union Terminal building, home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Officials with the museum center and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education said the Holocaust organization will move to the converted train station with completion of Union Terminal’s renovation slated for November 2018.
The nearly $213 million renovation will replace and repair deteriorating parts of the 83-year-old building. It houses the museum center, which includes the Cincinnati History Museum among other attractions temporarily closed to accommodate the construction.
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education was formed by Holocaust survivors and their families in 2000 in Cincinnati. The organization has hosted lectures, films and other programs. Sarah Weiss, the center’s executive director, said now is the time for the center to expand its reach and elevate its visibility.
“Holocaust survivors are passing away. There is a sense of urgency to get their stories out,” she told The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The nonprofit will be located on the mezzanine and lower lever of the art deco building. It will occupy 12,000 square feet in the converted train station, with 7,000 square-feet dedicated to exhibit space.
Elizabeth Pierce, museum center president and CEO, said the Holocaust organization and the museum center is a “good fit” because both organizations recognize the importance of history and connecting people with survivors, real objects and collections.
The organizations co-produced “Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later,” a 2014 exhibition at the National Underground Freedom Center, which is part of the museum center umbrella.