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Los Angeles/Canadian-Media: Based in Los Angeles, California, United States, Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a multimedia museum designed to examine racism and prejudice around the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust.
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Recipient of Friends of the United Nations’ Global Peace and Tolerance Award, the MOT is a human rights laboratory with an educational center dedicated to teach and enlighten visitors about the Holocaust.
The evolution of MOT was based on the creation of an experience, like Simon Wiesenthal expressed, to remind visitors of the past as well as to act and to prevent the occurrence of hatred and genocide to any group now and in the future.
MOT opened to the public in February 1993 and soon received acclaim from national and international leaders and within a few short months, it became a “must-see” attraction in Southern California.
Today, MOT has become not only as a symbol of society’s quest to live peacefully together but also as an important resource on how to achieve that goal. Over 250,000 people visit the MOT annually, including 130,000 students, and many major corporations, educators, police agencies, and professionals from throughout the region have experienced the MOT’s specialized programs.
MOT, the first of its kind in the world, had its origin from the leadership of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States, named in honor of famed Nazi hunter, the late Simon Wiesenthal.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem, the Center is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).
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The Center has three landmark exhibitions that have been displayed in the Vatican, on Capitol Hill, at the UN and other parts of the US and the world. Those exhibits are: Courage to Remember; People, Book, Land, and The Birth of Israel.
The film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Moriah Films created to produce theatrical documentaries to educate both national and international audiences focuses on the 3,500-year old Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights and ethics issues. Moriah has produced 11 films to date, two of which have received the Academy Award™ for best feature documentary, The Long Way Home (1997) and Genocide (1981).
Moriah: A Film Company Like No Other with 16 acclaimed documentaries