Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality, and of these, approximately 50,000 were sentenced to prison for the crime. An estimated 5,000 to 15,000 were sent to concentration camps, where an unknown number of them perished. In conjunction with the Unites States Memorial Holocaust Museum, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo is honored to bring this exhibit to Buffalo with funding from: A Jewish Program Venture Fund grant generously underwritten by the Jewish Federation of Buffalo, Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, Temple Beth Zion and its Cofeld Judaic Museum, Congregation Shir Shalom and Nickel City Jews.
In 1983, with the support of the Jewish Federation of Buffalo, and a non-sectarian group of founders, Toby Ticktin Back brought the dream of a permanent way to honor and remember the survivors of the Holocaust. The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo became part of the cultural landscape of Western New York. The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo (HRCOB) mission is to: Teach the Lessons of the Holocaust, Remember the Events of the Holocaust and Honor the Survivors and Victims of the Holocaust. This is achieved through documentation and personal testimony of local holocaust survivors, through the education of future generations with in-school visits and presentations, and through a wide range of in-service workshops.
We are fortunate to be able to draw upon a small group of local Holocaust Survivors in our community who are willing and able to share their personal experiences with students and teachers. We have both male and female Survivors from all parts of Europe including: Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Holland. Each one has a special story to tell of how they survived the Holocaust.
Through the generous donations of our sponsors, including Richard and Roberta Handel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, the HRCOB conducts conferences throughout the year. Conferences are directed towards teachers, attorneys, doctors, and other community entities. National speakers present the latest trends in Holocaust education and history. Dr. Timothy Redmond coordinates and develops conferences with the assitance of the HRCOB's professional staff.
In 2014 The HRC’s New Generation Initiative, led by Andrew Beiter, was tasked with an extraordinarily important job: to record and preserve eye witness testimony for future generations in order to keep the flame of Holocaust Education burning brightly.
NGI Holocaust Survivor Videotaping Coordinator, Mr. Jim Gang, began recording testimony using full high definition camera equipment and has started digitizing and editing the interview into classroom-ready video clips. Testimonies will be made available for viewing in their entirety and be edited into segments based on topic. The testimonies will be posted to the HRCOB website, and will also become part of an online interactive textbook about the Holocaust for use in the classroom.
Through a range of creative and respectful annual events, the HRCOB leads our community in Remembering the Event of the Holocaust. They include: Kever Avot v'Imaot (visiting the graves of our loved ones), Kristallnacht Commemoration November 9th, Yom HaShoah (Spring,), and Holocaust Proclamation Event at the Erie Country Executive or Mayor of Buffalo's office.
Honoring the Survivors and Victims of the Holocaust. Toby Ticktin Back, the founder of the HRCOB, listened to the survivors of the Holocaust for several decades. By the late 1970’s she realized that something had to be done to preserve the testimony of the survivors, and to have them speak to the Western New York community. 100 local survivors of the Holocaust have been videotaped. Some have written about their experiences.
Over 500,000 people in schools and other organizations have experienced testimony from our our dedicated group of Survivor Speakers. It is in honor of those who have had the courage and strength to speak about their experiences during the Holocaust that the HRCOB exists. The HRCOB engages in other programs including: Kever Avot v’lmaot (visiting the graves), Providing High Holiday Gift Baskets to Survivors, Creation of a Docent Program (driving speakers to speaking engagements ) and initiating 2 and 3 G initiatives (honoring ones’ personal and collective past while promoting UPSTANDER of the future)