A Legacy Dedicated to Holocaust Education
“We promised, ‘Never again.’ We must keep our promise!” These are the words of Anna Steinberger, Holocaust Survivor and member of Holocaust Museum Houston’s Generation to Generation Legacy Society.
When Anna was 11 years old, she and her family fled Poland to escape the German occupation during World War II. Despite many hardships related to antisemitism in Europe, being displaced from her home and feeling hungry for many years, Anna strived to reach a high level of education. Anna studied in the former Soviet Union and then went to medical school in Frankfurt, Germany. After immigrating to the United States in 1949, she enrolled in graduate school to earn her Ph.D.
Anna’s passion has always been to educate, and education has defined her life. She believes strongly that we must never stop educating people about the lessons of the Holocaust, as these lessons continue to be both timely and universal. After 35 years of a successful academic career in biomedical research and teaching, Anna has immersed herself in every aspect of educating others through Holocaust Museum Houston.
She became a docent shortly after the museum opened in 1996. Impressed with the work the docents at the museum were accomplishing, she and her husband, Emil, endowed Docent Training to ensure there would always be well-trained docents to teach our visitors the timeless lessons of the Holocaust: that hatred and bigotry can only lead to tragedies like the Holocaust. “People must learn to live in peace and harmony with mutual respect,” Anna says.
Anna and her husband created a second endowment fund, the Anna and Emil Steinberger Scholarship for Teachers’ Education. This endowment provides scholarships for teachers to attend educational programs sponsored by the Museum.
Anna has served on the Museum’s Board of Directors and various committees, including the Docent Committee and chairing the Education Committee. “With various outreach initiatives from the Education Department, educators, students and other groups have become aware of the dangers of hatred and prejudices within our community, our society.” As Anna explains, “Changing behaviors can only be accomplished once one is aware of the situation.”
Anna believes Holocaust Museum Houston is creating this awareness for a brighter tomorrow. Hugs and letters from students confirm that teaching the lessons of the Holocaust are powerful in moving us all towards that brighter tomorrow.
In addition to Anna’s many activities at the Holocaust Museum Houston, she also has served six years on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, an organization dedicated to educating teachers throughout Texas and beyond about the Holocaust and other genocides. Through the Commission, a deserving teacher is recognized annually with the Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award.
Strongly believing the Holocaust happened because of a lack of mutual respect and understanding, Anna’s heart aches that discrimination and killings of innocent people continue today in many parts of our world. “We cannot stop educating current and future generations through the lessons of the Holocaust. And as long as I am able, I will continue my teaching efforts.”
Anna has not slowed down on her commitment. She continues to give tours at Holocaust Museum Houston and speaks to a variety of students and community groups in the greater Houston area about her experiences.
“My legacy gift, the Drs. Anna and Emil Steinberger Endowment Fund, will support changing exhibitions, as exhibits are another way of educating our visitors, and our exhibitions always need funding. My legacy gift allows me to keep fueling all of these educational opportunities beyond my lifetime. With education being my guiding star to a better world, I am leaving my hopes and dreams for a world of mutual respect and understanding with my legacy gift to Holocaust Museum Houston.
“I am very proud that my two daughters are also committed to Holocaust education. As a family, we believe Holocaust Museum Houston will continue to provide the path to a better world, but it is the responsibility of each of us to try to make this world a better place.”
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You can follow in Anna’s footsteps and create a legacy at the Museum that fosters mutual respect and understanding. Contact Stephanie Dugan, CAP® at 713-527-1629 or firstname.lastname@example.org today to learn more.