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Maine Teachers: The HHRC is here for you!

By HHRC | April 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Maine Teachers: The HHRC is here for you!

As we transform our offerings, we’d love to hear from you. What can we do to support you? What sorts of resources will be helpful? Most importantly, how are you doing? We are here if you need us this spring.

Gerda Haas, Holocaust Survivor and HHRC Founder

By HHRC | April 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Gerda Haas, Holocaust Survivor and HHRC Founder

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 | Comments Off on An important message from all of us at the HHRC

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?”

In The News

HHRC Board Members Spiegel and Huynh in the BDN: Racism is a virus too

By HHRC | April 19, 2020 | Comments Off on HHRC Board Members Spiegel and Huynh in the BDN: Racism is a virus too

“Stereotypes about people of Asian descent date back centuries in the United States to when Chinese migrants first started to arrive in significant numbers in the 1800s. Racist cartoons of the time falsely depicted “Asians” as dirty and diseased, amplifying ugly narratives portraying immigrants as disloyal, job stealers or worse. These stereotypes were reinforced as people of Asian descent…

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

By HHRC | November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Courier-Gazette: Sheriff says he became a cop in response to bullies

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

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

HHRC News

Press Release: HHRC Celebrates 35th Anniversary

By HHRC | April 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Press Release: HHRC Celebrates 35th Anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2020 CONTACTS: Shenna Bellows, Executive Director shenna@hhrcmaine.org (207) 776-5404 Marpheen Chann, Development & Communications Associate marpheen@hhrcmaine.org (207) 245-2173 The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Celebrates 35 Years of Holocaust and Human Rights Education AUGUSTA, Maine – The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) today is celebrating…

HHRC Statement: Ending Violence Requires Confronting White Supremacy

By HHRC | August 7, 2019 | Comments Off on HHRC Statement: Ending Violence Requires Confronting White Supremacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine: Ending Violence Requires Confronting White Supremacy

HHRC Statement On Neo-Nazi Signs On Bates Campus

By HHRC | March 20, 2019 | Comments Off on HHRC Statement On Neo-Nazi Signs On Bates Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HHRC Statement On Neo-Nazi Signs On Bates Campus

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