A new exhibition at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, "Change Begins With Me," demonstrates how hate can spiral into discrimination and genocide. The exhibition, which includes a large touch-screen monitor and several computer workstations, chronicles incidences of post-Holocaust genocide, hate and discrimination.
Jean Cavender, the museum's director, hopes the exhibit will cause visitors to recognize the types of human behaviors that can spiral down into to genocide. "Prejucide, discrimation ... little things that start at the top may seem harmless at first, but they can build into something awful," she said.
The big screen is a tool the museum uses to tell stories — from around the globe and from right here in St. Louis — demonstrating how hate can progress to violence and genocide. The screen features stories, photos, video testimonies, word definitions, the people who perpetrated these atrocities and those who took action to try and make a positive difference in their respective societies. Three smaller touch-screen workstations are available for visitors to use independently to view the exhibit in more detail or to research these issues further. Visitors can email themselves information from the exhibition for further research and discussion.