SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER LEADS COUNTY EFFORT TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM AND HATE BY BRINGING NEW HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EXHIBIT ONTO COUNTY PROPERTY
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today gained support from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for his policy to open a Holocaust Remembrance Exhibit on a County property starting in April around Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The exhibit will be educational, highlight the stories of San Diego survivors and be open for one year. Details about the location, opening date and hours will be announced at a later date. Board passage of this effort comes the same week as the United Nations General Assembly-designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27.
“From Charlottesville to Poway, and everywhere you look online these
days, the need for more Holocaust education is self-evident,” said
Supervisor Fletcher. “As we’ve done in response to other forms of
racism and bigotry, we have a moral obligation to counter rising
anti-semitism with education and the pursuit of justice. With the
passage of time, we have fewer Holocaust survivors to bear witness to
the events that transpired during the Holocaust. One of the most
significant things we can do for survivors, as well as future
generations, is to tell survivors’ stories, remind ourselves of the
lessons of the Holocaust, and commit to speaking out against
antisemitism and hate, in all its forms.”
In 2021, the Jewish community in San Diego experienced 38 recorded
incidents of antisemitism, including 14 cases of vandalism, 23
incidents of harassment, and one assault. These anti-semitic incidents
represented an all-time high (Click
here for more stats).
“Education is the cure for anti-semitism, racism, and hate. We
believe this Holocaust exhibit will help create a stronger San Diego
County through the lessons embedded in the stories of survivors in our
community,” said Sandy Scheller. “I want to thank Supervisor Fletcher
for spearheading this important, once-in-a-lifetime effort.”
The Jewish Federation of San Diego has partnered with Scheller and
Supervisor Fletcher to serve as the fiduciary of the $25,000 County
grant that is being awarded as part of the policy, to help Scheller
erect the exhibition, and keep it free-of-charge to the
“The Holocaust is one of the greatest atrocities perpetrated by the
absence of humanity. With the creation of a public Holocaust exhibit
in San Diego, we will provide an important educational space to learn
from our past in an effort to prevent these dangerous ideologies and
actions in the future,” said Darren Schwartz, Chief Strategy &
Planning Officer, Jewish Federation of San Diego.
“We thank Supervisor Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of
Supervisors for approving the creation of a Holocaust Remembrance
exhibit,” said Jewish Family Service of San Diego CEO Michael Hopkins.
“JFS compassionately cares for Holocaust survivors daily in San Diego
and Orange Counties to ensure they age with dignity. This exhibit is a
great testament to their resilience and the poignant lesson of what
happens when hatred is met by silence. This history is important for
San Diegans of all ages to join together to better understand what
must be done to stop anti-Semitism, hate, racism and injustice.”
Supervisor Fletcher has a track record of standing up against racism
and hate, including:
reconstituted the County’s human relations commission in 2020 after someone was reported wearing face coverings adorned with a swastikas in a Santee grocery store;
stood with San Diego’s Asian American community to denounce Asian hate;
introduced and passed the policy to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis; and
led the effort to open a County Office of Racial Justice and Equitable Communities.
To read the entire policy that was passed, click here.