Permanent Teaching Exhibit
"A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933-1942"
Since the opening in April 2011, the Institute's permanent teaching exhibition has been visited by over 6,000 middle school, high school, and college students from 30 different schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut, guided by trained docents from the Pioneer Valley.
With powerful displays of images, narrative, survivors' voices, and artifacts "A Reason to Remember" is based on the personal stories of five Jewish families who lived in the small village of Roth, Germany between 1933 and 1942. Together, these five families stories tell the larger history of the Holocaust and why we remember it today.
Three times a year, the Institute holds student docent training workshops to prepare and certify local high school and college students to lead their peers through the exhibition, resulting in dozens of young exhibition guides in the community.