by George J Elbaum
Holocaust Center for Humanity (HCH) is the new name for Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (a welcome change, in my opinion), which arranged my very first two talks to students in October 2010, and has continued to arrange many more for my subsequent visits to Seattle. On August 10, 2015, I visited HCH’s impressive new office and spoke to youth groups invited by HCH from summer camps operated by the Jewish Community Center and by the Boys and Girls Club. The students were mostly in early teens and possibly unfamiliar with pre-Holocaust Germany, so before introducing me HCH’s Strategic Director, Karen Chachkes, showed a brief film entitled The Path to Nazi Genocide, on how Nazi policies in the 1930s turned German Jews, step-by-step, from full and equal citizens of Germany into a powerless minority with no civil rights and no protection, and thus fodder for Nazi gas chambers. After the film I gave my talk, followed by an active Q & A session which continued one-on-one after the group photographs, etc. The talk was also attended by HCH Executive Director Dee Simon and many of the staff.