The Collection

The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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Lest We Forget program

Typed text on paper with gray background and blue and gold accents and logos for Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. Text lists speakers and supporters for event.

Historical Notes

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh was established in 1980 as a living memorial to honor Holocaust survivors who had resettled in Western Pennsylvania and local soldiers involved in the effort to liberate Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Over time the Holocaust Center expanded to become an educational and programming center connecting the history of Holocaust and antisemitism with other injustices. In keeping with this mission, the Holocaust Center has created several programs and initiatives responding directly and indirectly to the October 27 attack. In October and November 2019, the Holocaust Center partnered with the University of Pittsburgh to host the exhibition Lest We Forget by German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano. The outdoor installation on the lawn of the Cathedral of Learning featured 60 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors, including portraits of 16 local survivors taken in April 2019. The installation was timed to coincide with the commemoration of the first year since the October 27 attack and included a series of educational and commemorative programming.

Use and Reproduction

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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