Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Statement on Pittsburgh Tragedy

October 27, 2018

 For Immediate Release
Contact: Deborah Lom
(516) 571-8040


Glen Cove, NY… The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) statement on Pittsburgh tragedy:

The shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is a sad and frightening reminder that the forces of antisemitism and hate are alive and threatening.  Too many incidents like this have happened in Europe and other parts of the world in recent times.  It is clear that the significant increase in antisemitic incidents all over our country – including here on Long Island – are not merely harmless acts of a lunatic fringe, and that appropriate and strong responses are called for.  With neo-nazism and associated movements arising and influencing people in the United States and abroad, concrete steps must be taken to ensure that adequate security measures are in place at all Jewish schools, synagogues, cultural centers and other institutions.

Equally important, centers of learning like the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County must be provided the resources to step up their educational efforts to teach youngsters and adults the long and terrible history of antisemitism and other forms of hate, and to instill respect and acceptance for people of all backgrounds in the communities in which we live.

Our prayers, and heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and families of today’s tragic event in Pittsburgh


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Memorializing the millions of victims of the Holocaust and cherishing the remaining survivors of this most terrible period in human history are sacred responsibilities. Sadly, there are those who would make light of what these men, women and one and half million children went through and we condemn the offensive so-called “jokes” about the Holocaust that actor/comedian Larry David delivered on a recent “Saturday Night Live” broadcast. Words cannot convey how insensitive and hurtful his comments were and we invite Mr. David to visit our Center to re-educate himself and to meet with survivors of the Holocaust to help him understand the anguish he has caused.


While there is alarm over the recent rise of statements and acts of intolerance, including here on Long Island, this trend has been going on for years. It is critical that all people, from our current and newly elected national, state and local leaders, to individuals in their daily lives, speak out forcefully against bias and hate and stand up for equality and pluralism.

Unrest all over the world, massive flows of immigrants, and rapidly changing demographics in our communities have caused unease and fear, all leading to unfortunate consequences. We have seen an uptick in hate-speak, bullying, ugly graffiti, and other acts of intolerance targeting Muslims, Jews, Latinos, Asians, Sikhs, gays and others. A favorite symbol of hate, the swastika, shows up all too frequently in schools and other public buildings.

Each of us as individuals and members of specific communities and organizations has a responsibility to do whatever we can to promote respect among peoples of all races, ethnicities, national origins and faiths. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) utilizes its ability to draw upon history to show what happens when people, institutions and governments do not stand up against hate. HMTC is the leading local resource on Long Island to help us all deal with prejudice and the changing world around us.

HMTC provides educational programs to thousands of youngsters and adults every year on the history and lessons of the Holocaust with particular emphasis on how we should conduct ourselves today. The Center staff and volunteers help school leaders develop responses to acts of intolerance in their schools, and recognizes young people who stand up against bullying and hate.

The Thanksgiving and winter holiday season is an appropriate time for us all to rededicate ourselves to the shared values we most cherish. HMTC is there to help and serve the community and to lead the fight against intolerance.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County mourns with the world at the passing of Elie Wiesel, a Survivor and most influential teacher of the history and lessons of the Holocaust.

May we all emulate his dedication to social justice and human rights for all people and, in Elie Wiesel’s memory, dedicate our Center and ourselves to ending suffering everywhere.

To join our mission to memorialize the victims of the Holocaust, to honor the Survivors and to fight all forms of hate and prejudice, please contact us at 516-571-8040 or

Steven Markowitz, Chairman of the Board

Long Islanders Standing against Hate

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center stands together with our local LGBT community and all those across the world dedicated to fighting hate and intolerance.

The Nassau County Commission on Human Rights and religious and community leaders are convening a program to denounce violence and to memorialize the Orlando victims at 4:45 PM today at the County Executive Building at 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola.

The LI-LGBT Network has organized a Long Island vigil tonight, Monday, June 13th at 7:00 pm at 34 Park Avenue in Bay Shore.

Please join us and show your support.
Steven Markowitz, Chairman
Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center Statement on Swastika Banner Being Flown Over Long Island Beaches

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County reminds people of good will to have compassion for those who feel deep anguish and pain upon seeing a swastika, a symbol of hate, oppression and intolerance. Regardless of the intent behind why it is displayed, a swastika is an offensive symbol that represents the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust by the Nazis. HMTC is committed to advocating respect for all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County Statement on Tragic Shooting in Charleston, SC

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is deeply saddened and outraged by the events that took place last night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  We extend our condolences and stand shoulder to shoulder with the families of the victims and the community of Charleston. Our mission is the mission of all peoples of good will: to unite against hate, prejudice and violence in our communities.  HMTC is committed to standing up to intolerance and advocating respect for all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation.  The Holocaust has taught us the price of indifference and silence.

The HMTC recently lost two great friends.

Governor Mario Cuomo was a long-time supporter of the Center and honored us with his presence at many of our programs and events.  Gov. Cuomo, a true American hero and with an unmatched record of accomplishment, character and compassion, epitomized the values and mission of our Center.  Our deepest sympathies to former HMTC Chairman Howard Maier on the loss of his father-in-law, to his wife Margaret and the entire Cuomo family.

Aaron Morgan was a well known and highly regarded Long Island artist and we are deeply grateful for his iconic Holocaust themed artwork that he shared with us over the years.  We are especially proud to display his renowned painting, Face of the Holocaust, at the entrance to the Claire Friedlander Education Institute.  Our sincere condolences to the entire Morgan family.


Recruitment literature purportedly from the Ku Klux Klan has recently been distributed in several Suffolk County communities.  The KKK is a symbol of hate, intolerance and violence against minorities and cannot be allowed to establish and maintain a presence on Long Island. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County urges all people of good will to come together to say “no” to the KKK and to assure every segment of our diverse community that they are welcome and safe here.  Hate crimes are on the rise and our Center remains committed to standing up against intolerance and extremism in all of its forms.

The mission of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach. We teach about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, and all other manifestations of intolerance from bullying to genocide. We promote resistance to prejudice and advocate respect for every human being.

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