Talli Dippold to lead new Holocaust Museum of Hope and Humanity

Talli Dippold will be the Holocaust Center’s next CEO, leading efforts to create the Holocaust Museum of Hope and Humanity for downtown Orlando.

“I’m a right-jump person,” she said in an interview this week. “I saw this as an opportunity to make meaningful change.”

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland will announce Dippold’s appointment today. She replaces Shelley Lauten, who has led the organization on an interim basis since September, and will take up her post on July 1.

Among Dippold’s experience, she led the task force that established the Stan Greenspon Center for Holocaust and Social Justice Education at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is currently Associate Director.

Dippold already has ties to Central Florida, the current Holocaust Center and the USC Shoah Foundation, creators of the groundbreaking technology that will be the centerpiece of the new museum.

Having visited the area numerous times with her children, “we were looking for an off-the-beaten-track educational experience,” she said. This led to a stop at the Holocaust Center, located in a small building at the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland.

“I knew even then that I had discovered something very special,” she said.

Dippold was also very familiar with Tess Wise, the Holocaust survivor who founded the center in 1980 and served as its executive director for years.

“I benefit from her experience and have followed her for years,” Dippold said.

Like Wise, Dippold’s four grandparents were born in Poland and survived the Holocaust, or Shoah, which killed an estimated 6 million European Jews during World War II.

All his grandparents recorded their stories for the USC Shoah Foundation “Dimensions in Testimony” Project, which uses holograms of Holocaust survivors to speak directly to museum visitors about their experiences. The Hope & Humanity Museum in Orlando will be only the fifth location in the world to house the foundation’s digital collection of 55,000 interviews in its entirety.

“I feel a sense of relief that future generations will have the opportunity to learn directly from Holocaust survivors,” Dippold said. ” It’s amazing. No doubt you can ask for a “Dimensions in Testimony” hologram which they are unable to answer. They are able to personalize the story.

Education is a crucial interest for Dippold. In North Carolina, she worked with the governor to mandate Holocaust education, then advised the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust in developing and improving school curricula.

Florida already has mandatory Holocaust education, which Dippold praised, but she said now was not the time to lose vigilance.

“There is a sense of urgency,” she said of education efforts in the face of reports showing that younger generations know less about the Holocaust. “The challenge is that anti-Semitism is on the rise.”

And she said she was ready to draw attention from all corners to the creation of the Holocaust Museum of Hope and Humanity.

“The cutting edge element of this museum is going to put it in the national spotlight,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt that it’s in the tourist center of the world.”

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Born in Israel, Dippold is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Gratz College, where she graduated valedictorian and received the Philip G Award. Solomon for Holocaust Studies. As a board member, she is planning the 35th International Conference of the Association of Holocaust Organizations this year.

She also has experience in hotel management and public relations.

“Talli’s knowledge of Holocaust education, her teaching experience, and her personal connections to the Holocaust clearly demonstrate her alignment with our Center’s mission, vision, and goals, making her a suitable candidate. unique and the perfect person to lead our organization now and in the future,” Monte Starr, chairman of the board of the Holocaust Center, said in a statement.

Dippold said she was looking forward to establishing a foothold in Central Florida.

“The opportunity to take what’s already been done, and work with the reputation that’s been created in Orlando and nationally…” she said, “it’s a dream come true “.

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