Against Backdrop Of Dangerous Trends Of Historical Ignorance, Hatred, And Anti-Semitism, CA Assembly Speaker Rendon And Prominent LA Area Church Welcome SWC's World-Renowned Holocaust Exhibit

September 6, 2018

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez recently joined Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean,  Rabbi Abraham Cooper, to open the Center’s "The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1945" traveling exhibit at Centro Cristiano Bet-El Church in South Gate, CA. The exhibit, which has been displayed in over 16 countries over the past 20 years, offers amazing insight into the Holocaust, is being shown in wake of statements supporting the extreme racist and anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan made by a local political candidate (see 

“Recent Anti-Zionist pronouncements that support avowed Anti- Semites like Minister Farrakhan do not belong in our public discourse, either in the political sphere or general society. These statements must not be condoned,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (pictured above right). “It shows that two decades after we first designed this exhibit, its lesson is still vital to building understanding and working towards peace at home and abroad.”

Speaker Rendon (pictured right) and Bishop Mendez brought “The Courage to Remember”, presented by the Foundation for California and made possible by a grant from SNCF, to South Gate with the aim of empowering people to educate themselves, learn from history, and speak out against injustice. “Ignorance and intolerance have no place in society today. When particular groups are targeted by hate, we are all at risk,” they said.  

"'The Courage To Remember' empowers young and old to learn from history, confront bigotry and fight for justice. This exhibit is not a luxury, it is a necessity in all communities," said Dr. Alfred Balitzer, Chairman of the Foundation For California.

For more information on "The Courage to Remember," its partners and schedule, and to see photos and videos from opening events, please visit:

For more information about Centro Cristiano Bet-El, please visit:

About the Foundation for California:

Incorporated in 1986, the Foundation For California, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational corporation, was established to perform educational programs on issues of importance to the State of California and its local communities. Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has hosted conferences on public policy


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