New exhibit at Holocaust Center in Seattle features stories of local survivors

SEATTLE — A new exhibit opened for the public Wednesday at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.

It’s called “Finding Light in the Darkness,” and it’s a historical walk through time to inspire visitors to speak out against hate.

The exhibit features stories of the Holocaust survivors who call Washington state home, including that of 88-year-old Steve Adler.

“I believe very strongly this is the most hopeful place in the city,” said Adler, who was born in Germany in 1930.

12 members of his family, including his paternal grandparents, were killed in concentration camps during World War II.

He said the lesson he wants people to take away from the exhibit is to embrace the differences in others.

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“Our society has to be open to people who are not quite like us,” said Adler. “Whether it be ethnic, religious, I don’t care. It doesn’t make a difference.”

The story of Ingrid Kanis Steppic’s family was also featured at this new exhibit. Her family was part of the Dutch Resistance who helped shelter Jews during in the period of Nazi Germany.

“The more details you know about how it came about, the more you can try to prevent that,” said Steppic, who also volunteers as a docent at the Holocaust Center.

The Center’s Baral Family Executive director, Dee Simon, said the stories and lessons behind this exhibit are still relevant today.

“Hate crimes are rising all over the country,” said Simon. “It’s through the lens of the Holocaust that we can examine situations that occur in the past and those we see today.”

The Holocaust Museum is open to the public Sundays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.