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From Hate to Hope Features Holocaust Survivor and Grandmother of Dancing Star

The first lecture in ADL’s From Hate to Hope series featured Vera Levitskaya, the grandmother of Dancing with the Stars’ Dmitry Chaplin, who told her story of surviving a mass execution in Ukraine during the Holocaust. Vera was only 11 years old when she was marched by Nazis to a massive pit outside her shtetl of Hashevatoe.  The Nazis had

Southwest Region Busy in Aftermath of El Paso Shooting

As is the case with every hate crime, the ramifications of the crime don’t end with the criminal act, or even the conviction of the perpetrator.  Hate crimes have a ripple effect, touching much more than their individual victims, or the group targeted.  They affect entire communities, and the lives of the victims are forever changed. The August 3 shooting

ADL Commemorates King Anniversary by Encouraging Others to Keep His Dream Alive at Houston in Concert Against Hate

As the nation remembered the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, the Anti-Defamation League’s Southwest Region worked to keep his dream alive with Houston in Concert Against Hate. The Concert, a compendium of soulful music by the Houston Symphony, the moving stories of four local civil rights leaders, the Julie and Ben

ADL Holds Community Meetings to Address Response to Anti-Semitism

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been holding community meetings at Houston-area synagogues to address emotions and fears prompted by a rise in anti-Semitism over the last few months.   Since November of 2016, ADL has logged more than 60 reports of hate incidents, about half of which may have been sparked by anti-Semitism.  That’s more than double what ADL would see

Southwest Region Does LEAS for Austin Police Department

Fifty officers from the Austin Police Department, along with several lay leaders from Austin participated in a Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) class September 15 at Holocaust Museum Houston.  The Anti-Defamation League partners with the Holocaust Museum and the Houston Police Department to teach the class to law enforcement officers.  The class looks at how local law enforcement officers’ roles