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Gerda Haas, Holocaust Survivor and HHRC Founder

By HHRC | April 2, 2020

In April 1985, Governor Brennan hosted tea at the Blaine House in Augusta for a small group of Holocaust survivors and allies to commemorate Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. The group had been active in organizing a 1984 seminar to train teachers in Holocaust education at Bowdoin College.  Gerda Haas, the leader of…

An important message from all of us at the HHRC

By Shenna Bellows | March 30, 2020

We are all facing challenges right now, but we will get through this, together. Remember the lines from the second stanza of “The Impossible Dream?”

Reflect & Act: Small Acts Have Big Impacts

By Marpheen Chann | March 21, 2020

As communities across Maine and the world grapple with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, diseases of old, namely hate and prejudice, have made their appearance. But so too have the remedies for such vices become apparent as we strive to care and create community amidst the chaos; remedies such as hope, love, resilience and tolerance.

Watch: Maulian Dana on why Indigenous Peoples in Maine are not Mascots

By Marpheen Chann | December 17, 2019

Maulian Davis, Tribal Ambassador for the Penobscot Nation, recently gave a TEDx Dirigo talk on her work to change how Indigenous people, stereotypes, and slurs are used in schools and sports – most recently before the Skowhegan school board.

Fall 2019 Newsletter

By HHRC | December 4, 2019

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HHRC In The News

Courier-Gazette: Sheriff says he became a cop in response to bullies

By HHRC | November 7, 2019

Trafton recently took part in a panel discussion on domestic violence along with four survivors of abuse at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in Augusta. The event was in conjunction with the “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse” exhibit on display at the HHRC though Dec. 13, which was…

The Telegraph: ‘You cannot be in a relationship with someone who makes you afraid, but I didn’t know how to leave Don McLean’

By HHRC | October 30, 2019

Patrisha, 60, is adamant that these stories – like her own abusive relationship with American Pie singer Don – are no longer overlooked. It is for that reason that she has created Finding Our Voices, an exhibition featuring women who, for too long,… Read more on The Telegraph

Boston.com: In Maine, a celebrity domestic violence case continues to send out ripples

By HHRC | October 21, 2019

Patrisha McLean has reinvented herself as an organizer for abused women in the state, creating a traveling exhibit, “Finding Our Voices.” In the exhibit, women — some of them, like her, from wealthy and prominent families — speak out about violence within their relationships, in a small-town echo of the #MeToo movement. At the Holocaust and…

New York Times: In Maine, a Celebrity Domestic Violence Case Continues to Send Out Ripples

By HHRC | October 20, 2019

At the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta on Oct. 10, the exhibit’s host read aloud, to laughter from the audience, the contents of a letter from Mr. McLean’s public relations firm, warning that “any display of doctored photos and untruthful information concerning the details of a 2016 incident in their home may be…

Press Herald: Voices and faces of domestic violence on display in Augusta

By HHRC | October 14, 2019

McLean, the Camden photographer whose ex-husband, the singer Don McLean, was convicted on charges related to domestic abuse, is giving voice to her story and the stories of more than a dozen other women who have extricated themselves from abusive situations. The multimedia exhibition, “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse,” is on…

WCSH 6: From all across Maine, the stories of women who’ve survived domestic abuse

By HHRC | October 11, 2019

Olivia’s story, told with photos and audio, is one of about twenty from women in Maine who were abused by husbands or boyfriends. They’re part of an exhibit called “Finding Our Voices” at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta. Patrisha McLean, a photojournalist from Camden, gathered the stories and pictures, some of them…

WABI: Teachers learn how to teach students about the Holocaust at summer seminar

By HHRC | July 9, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) – About two dozen teachers from throughout the state are spending Tuesday and Wednesday at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine learning how to teach students about the Holocaust. “This allows them to have a toolbox where they can bring to light these important stories that augment and support the lessons…

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