Fau Receives Gift To Create The Craig And Barbara Weiner Holocaust Museum

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2024
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Florida Atlantic University has received a significant gift to establish the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Museum of South Florida at FAU. The gift will provide funding toward the construction of a 2,000-square-foot museum within the Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Holocaust and Jewish Studies Building in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Construction of the Wallach building is expected to begin this summer.

The gift includes funds to build the interior of the museum, including construction of display cases, as well as the donation of a substantial collection of authentic artifacts from the Holocaust.

“The museum will be a legacy to the Weiners’ tireless work in educating future generations about the importance of standing up against all forms of hate, prejudice and bigotry through Holocaust education,” said Michael Horswell, Ph.D., dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “The museum will also be a distinctive addition to the Wallach building’s prominence as an educational and cultural destination.”

Craig and Barbara Weiner were named “Social Justice Change Makers” by the Anti-Defamation League of Florida in May 2021. They were also awarded the 2022 Southeastern United States Leadership Award by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The museum at FAU will continue the Weiners’ efforts to reach educators, students, and the public in South Florida. The Weiners, through their work with the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc., also previously established The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Museum at Nova Southeastern University with a collection of more than 200 artifacts. 

“Barbara and I are 100 percent steadfastly committed to teaching as many young people as possible about the dangers of hate, prejudice and bigotry,” said Craig Weiner. “This is our way of giving back to this amazing country. Our aim is to enhance and expand Holocaust education as much and as far as we are able to do as a family.”

As part of the gift, FAU will hire a museum director to oversee the museum, conduct tours, and develop Holocaust education programs for middle and high school students.  The museum will contribute substantially to the university’s established community outreach through the Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE). The CHHRE has worked with school district professionals and support staff to implement Florida’s statute requiring instruction of the Holocaust since 1994.

For more information or to donate to the Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Jewish Studies Building, or to the museum, contact Laurie Carney at  lcarney@fau.edu  or visit  Wallach Building | Florida Atlantic University.