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Holocaust Center Gets 20-Year Lease Extension

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by Boris Chartan, founder and chairman emeritus of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Howard Maier, chairman of the board, former Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta and members of the Nassau County Jewish Advisory Council on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to sign a 20-year lease extension of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.  

“It is critical to support the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, not only to honor the lives that were lost and to celebrate the survivors who made it, but also so those of us alive today as well as future generations do not repeat the errors of our ancestors,” said County Executive Mangano. “The importance of the center is that it educates us to allow us to learn from the mistakes of the past and, from that knowledge, prevent this hatred of our fellow human beings from ever happening again.”

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive education program providers in the region. Since 2007, nearly 180,000 students, teachers, employers and law enforcement personnel have participated in the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s education programs, including 130,000 students. The center teaches about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance that many experience today in their classrooms, in their work, and in their communities. They provide the context for understanding situations of intolerance and offer age-appropriate tools for combating them. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center presents an interactive and hands-on approach to confronting and defusing threats to human dignity.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League of New York, also offers “Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust.” This unique program allows members of law enforcement to learn about the role of police under Nazism while examining their own values as individuals and as professional police officers.

In 1999, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Anti-Defamation League specifically designed the program for law enforcement. The Federal Judicial Center, the FBI, the Metropolitan Police Department, and Prince George’s County Police also assisted in the construction of this educational project. In Washington D.C., the seminar is conducted for new FBI agents, federal judges, police recruits, in-service officers, and commanders.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is one of only three institutions outside of Washington, D.C. that is authorized to conduct this program. Since 2006, the center has been offering this program, free of charge, to law enforcement professionals from across Nassau and Suffolk counties including academy recruits, commanders, and police chiefs.