A major new, interactive museum of the Holocaust and humanity will rise in downtown Orlando, under a partnership announced Thursday between the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida and a foundation established by Steven Spielberg.
The Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity is envisioned as a major educational and cultural attraction that could both draw on the city’s 75 million annual visitors and provide a new attraction for the City Beautiful: a powerful, historical and contemporary, educational immersion.
The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, which currently has a smaller-scale version of the concept in Maitland, announced it is partnering with the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education to go global in the effort. Spielberg created the foundation after he made his epic 1993 Holocaust film, “Schindler’s List.”
The vision is to draw on the same kinds of visionary attractions that create theme parks’ most cutting-edge interactive attractions; then add the Holocaust Memorial’s 40-year efforts to preserve, present, and provide context for Holocaust survivors’ experiences; and the foundation’s commitment to research, archival preservation, and education that Spielberg has described as, “my wanting to continue ‘Schinder’s List.’”
“When we first went out to meet