The Jacqueline and Myron Blank Foundation and Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines collaborated with the State of Iowa to establish the Iowa Holocaust Memorial located on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Visit the Memorial’s website to learn about the text and photos included at the site as well as find resources for teachers and schools.
“The memorial’s greatest strength is that it makes each individual think, ‘What can I do?’ ”
— Rabbi David Kaufman, Temple B’nai Jeshurun
In addition, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society plays an important role in Holocaust education and advancing our Jewish heritage through a museum and preservation of personal stories.
With assistance from the JCRC, the Iowa Council for Holocaust Education is led by Prof. Stephen Gaies of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. In addition to sharing regional information and events related to the Holocaust, the Council supports the development of curriculum, resources and other educational initiatives.