Working to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust, to promote the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect, and to encourage students to speak up and act against all forms of bigotry and prejudice. Serving Westchester, Fairfield and Putnam Counties.

Twin with a  Survivor Program     A Rare Opportunity for  B’nai Mitzvah students

Holocaust Survivor Legacy Project - An Interactive Database to Record the Oral History of Westchester

Annual Benefit, Thursday, October 22, 2015 honoring James and Pat Houlihan and Harris and Cookie Markhoff, Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club

HHREC in the News

Westchester Students Kick Off County's Week Of Service

Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Westchester County high school students have kicked off a week of good deeds known as “Upstander Week.” Thousands of students will “return to their school and take up a cause where they can make a difference,” said County Executive Rob Astorino in a proclamation. The effort is sponsored by the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center in White Plains.



Holocaust survivor recounts the Third Reich’s crimes to combat anti-Semitism

Published: Friday, April 17, 2015

Judy Altman aims to educate younger generation about the horrors caused by hate. - VIDEO


Local Students Meet International Criminal Court Chief Justice

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center brought together 250 high school students to listen to a presentation by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief justice of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as part of a special program at the Jacob Burns Media Center in Pleasantville. The students -- from Ossining High School, Iona Preparatory School, Briarcliff High School and Sleepy Hollow High School -- also viewed the film “Watchers of the Sky,” a 2014 American documentary that depicts the journey of lawyer Raphael Lemkin and his efforts in lobbying the United Nations to establish the Genocide Convention.


As Society Changes, So Does Holocaust Education

Published: Friday, January 30, 2015

As Auschwitz survivors and their children this week commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation and mourn the Shoah’s Six Million Jewish victims, Holocaust education in New York State, and elsewhere in the country, looks far different than it did a generation ago. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is still read by countless thousands of middle-school students, as is Elie Wiesel’s “Night,” his harrowing memoir of surviving the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. But more often than not, these iconic books have, over the years, become springboards to wider discussions about genocides in many other times, and many other settings.