Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education
Visual Representation of NWCHGEE Identity
Our logo serves as a visual representation of the efforts of the NWCHGEE to use on scholarship, service, and teaching to actualize its mission. Its designer, AJ Barse, explains each of the components in the symbol as follows:
History is not a closed book. Some pages have already been written and we cannot change what has been done. However, there are new pages being written each day. Through education and action we can, in small part, join with others to write today’s page complete with remembrance, compassion, and understanding.
Star of David
During the Holocaust, the Nazi party mandated that every Jew wear a Star of David. Here the word "Jude" is in the center, identifying its wearer as a Jew from Germany. Our center was started for the purpose of remembering the period in modern world history known as the Holocaust during which time six million Jews were murdered and it is with that memory in mind that we include this representation of Nazi tyranny against Jews.
Lest We Forget
In our effort to respect humanity and its cultural diversity, the NWCHGEE is not only dedicated to remembering the past, but learning from it in order to promote the human rights of all people. The Holocaust, a human tremendum unparalleled and unfathomable to any person bonded to life, is historically significant and specific. Genocides and ethnocides, however, are not unique and continue to occur despite the hopes of many Holocaust survivors that such occurrences would never happen again. Today, more than ever, we need to remember the cruelty that human kind can inflict
The White Rose
In 1942 a group of five students and one professor from the University at Munich created the White Rose Society, the purpose of which was to provide intelligent/passive resistance to Nazi propaganda. Together they wrote, printed and distributed six leaflets despite great risk to their own personal safety. Shortly after distributing their sixth leaflet they were captured, tried and executed. We include a white rose in our logo to symbolize the courage needed to take a principled stand against the type of reasoning that fosters and supports genocide.