What is the Holocaust?
The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals.
(Definition courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)
The term “genocide” was coined in 1944 in a book documenting Nazi policies of systematically destroying national and ethnic groups, including the mass murder of European Jews.
The Alabama Holocaust Commission (AHC) was established in 1999 by the Alabama Legislature in order to foster remembrance of the horrible atrocities committed during the Holocaust and other times in human history as the result of bigotry, discrimination, and the abuse of power; and to foster understanding, through education and awareness, of the basic principles of human rights and equal protection under the law.
The Alabama Holocaust Commission (AHC), a state agency, utilizes both public and private resources to provide Holocaust and genocide education to all Alabamians. Through Holocaust and genocide education, the Commission seeks to foster an understanding of one of the darkest periods in the history of mankind.
The Holocaust provides opportunities, especially for our young people, to recognize the need for understanding diverse cultures and the lessons history can teach us about the consequences of discrimination and hatred. In a democratic society, human rights must be maintained and discrimination and hatred must be eradicated.
- Mr. Al Benn Selma, AL
- Dr. Donald Berry Mobile, AL
- Ms. Nettie Carson-Mullins Birmingham, AL
- Rep. David Faulkner Birmingham, AL
- Rep. Danny Garrett Birmingham, AL
- Ms. Elana Hagler Montgomery, AL
- Ms. Farrah Hayes Gadsden, AL
- Mr. Max Herzel Homewood, AL
- Dr. Jim Jolly Tuscaloosa, AL
- Ms. LeAnn Judah Andalusia, AL
- Rabbi Scott Kramer Montgomery, AL
- Dr. David Meola Mobile, AL
- Dr. Barbara Minsky Dothan, AL
- Ms. Ann Mollengarden Birmingham, AL
- Dr. Dan J. Puckett, Chair Wetumpka, AL
- Mr. Max Rosenthal Huntsville, AL
- Dr. Richard Schellhammer Tuscaloosa, AL
- Dr. Christopher Shaffer Enterprise, AL
- Sen. Jabo Waggoner Montgomery, AL
- Mr. Bill Watt Jasper, AL
- Ms. Phyllis G. Weinstein Birmingham, AL
State Holocaust Education Centers
The Alabama Holocaust Commission, collaborating through the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC) / Birmingham and the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education / Mobile, offers resources in Holocaust and genocide education to everyone, in hopes of teaching remembrance as well as cultivating a sense of our individual and collective responsibilities in maintaining human rights.
Please contact our regional centers for further information on the following:
- Community Programs
- Teacher Resources/Scholarships/Workshops
Melissa Self Patrick, Executive Director
Donald Berry, Executive Director
Yom Hashoah Days of Remembrance
State Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 11:00 am
Alabama Department of Archives & History / Montgomery, AL
Gulf Coast Annual Shoah Commemoration
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 7:00 pm
Springhill Avenue Temple / Mobile
Birmingham Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration, “Stories Remembered & Retold”
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 2:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El / Birmingham
The Alabama Holocaust Commission accepts grants proposals for Holocaust education programs and projects which:
- Educate the community
- Educate educators
- Educate students
- Are Alabama-based
- Benefit the people of Alabama
- Are free and open to the public
Grant requests will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis throughout the AHC fiscal year (October 1-September 30). Requests received after July 1 will fall into the next fiscal year.
Grants typically range from $300 – $3,000.
For further information or questions, please contact the AHC Grant Coordinator.
Alabama Holocaust Commission
P.O. Box 130577
Birmingham, AL 35213
The Alabama Holocaust Commission is a 501 C-3 organization. We welcome your contribution towards our efforts.
Checks should be made out to: Alabama Holocaust Foundation
Checks should be mailed to:
Alabama Holocaust Foundation
P.O. Box 130577
Birmingham, AL 35213