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British Holocaust center wins $750,000 lottery award

By Mason White 5:38 PM June 16, 2013
Beth Shalom Holocaust Center 

By: David Ross
A British Holocaust center received some good news after being issued a lottery award of about $750,000.

The Holocaust Center, Beth Shalom, in Nottinghamshire has been awarded 500,000 pounds by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money comes in the form of an endowment grant and will become available if the center is able to raise an equivalent amount within four years.

Helen Whitney, executive director of the Holocaust Center, said she was “thrilled” with the grant.
“It is vital that the work of the center, education programs and exhibitions only grow and flourish,” she said.

“We have one of the few exhibitions in the world on the subject of the Holocaust that is appropriate for elementary school children,” she said. “The donation will help ensure that our work can continue in perpetuity,” she added.

The center has a permanent exhibition on the Holocaust, as well as research services and seminars. The money will be used to develop effective education programs, to children, parents, adults and disadvantaged communities.

Beth Shalom is one of 13 organizations in the U.K. who have successfully applied for the grant, one of the others is the Wiener Library on Russell Square in central London. It has been awarded this week one million pounds.