Dubai museum debuts Holocaust exhibit

As anti-Semitism rises globally, Dubai museum debuts Holocaust exhibit to educate and inform.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Holocaust. Auschwitz concentration camp
Holocaust. Auschwitz concentration camp

As anti-Semitism rises in countries around the world, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Crossroads of Civilizations Museum has developed a Holocaust Memorial exhibit and invited the country’s Jewish community to its debut.

Ambassador Eitan Na’eh (Israel’s Ambassador to the UAE) and Ambassador Peter Fischer (Germany’s Ambassador to the UAE) addressed the attendees of the event on Wednesday, May 26.

The first Holocaust exhibit in the Arabian Gulf was designed to raise awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust among local Emiratis as well as Dubai’s residents and tourists. The exhibition explores the chain of events leading up to the Holocaust and uses personal stories, many of which come from Jews in the Arab world. There is a special tribute to Arab heroes – upstanding citizens who defended and saved Jews.

“We are all concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. By teaching and informing our visitors about the Holocaust, we will create more awareness about the danger that this negative rhetoric and resulting actions can lead to,” said Crossroads of Civilizations Museum Founder Ahmed Obeid AlMansoori. “As a leading cultural institution in the UAE, it is very important to us that we focus on educating people about the tragedies of the Holocaust, because education is the antidote to ignorance.”

“We are alarmed to see this surge of anti-Semitic attacks in major cities across the United States and Europe. We forget how quickly hate can spiral,” said Chief Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. “My wife’s family was saved from the Holocaust by an Arab doctor, Mohamed Helmy. His example – this exhibit – reminds us that we must rise to the challenge of combating extremism as neighbors, as friends.”

“The new Holocaust Memorial exhibit in Dubai is unique in the region. It reflects a new discourse that is emerging in the UAE which is rooted in mutual respect and human compassion. The memory of the Holocaust is emotional and moving but, in this context, it provides a source of hope and reassurance,” said President of the community Ross Kriel. “Our profound thanks to the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum for its vision and courage in standing up for the idea of our common and shared humanity.”

“Peace is built through establishing person-to-person relationships and creating understanding. The Holocaust Memorial exhibit at the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum includes a section dedicated to Arab and Muslim upstanders who defended innocent Jews during the Holocaust. For his work in building tolerance in the region, we acknowledge Museum Founder Ahmed AlMansoori, for being an upstander himself,” said Jean Candiotte, Jewish community leader.

The Crossroads of Civilizations Museum was founded in 2012 with a mission to reflect the culture of the UAE and its values of openness, harmony, mutual respect, and multiculturalism. The Museum’s collection honors the many civilizations that have passed through the region, and the interplay of travelers, traders, and Bedouin people that comprises the unique history of Dubai and the UAE.