Through the Holocaust,
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Preserve Our Past, Shape Our Future

The Holocaust is relevant to all people from all walks of life. Its causes and ongoing impact contain powerful lessons for humanity that, if shared, can help to ensure a brighter future in which knowledge, tolerance, and love are abundant. Your contribution to the Holocaust Museum of Montana will have an immeasurable effect on generations to come.


An Introduction from the Executive Director, Chavie Bruk

The Holocaust changed the world. And we need to remember it, because it’s our history. But this isn’t just about remembering.  This museum will be a home for education. It will communicate the importance of respect and dignity for everyone, no matter where they come from, what their past was, who they are today, or what they believe. This is as important now as it ever was, perhaps more so.  

A lot of hurtful, harmful words and acts are not driven by hate but by ignorance. Education counters ignorance, and does so in a loving way rather than a punishing way. And while there are people who hate, we don’t fight hate with hate. This museum is a chance to defuse hate with love, education, and spirituality. Our vision is for it to be an honest and ultimately uplifting beacon of light, a catalyst for growth for people of all backgrounds and ages, especially the younger generation.

We want to preserve our past — not to dwell on it, but to propel ourselves and others into a promising future. There is value in reaching one person at a time through a museum like this. Even in our little corner of the world, there is huge potential to create a ripple effect.

This museum will have a life and spirit of its own, perpetually evolving with our times. The emphasis will be on what lies ahead: How are we going to be toward each other going forward?

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.”

-Elie Wiesel

Read the full letter of encouragement from Mr. Elisha Wiesel, Son of Mr. Elie Wiesel of blessed memory.

Read The Letter

Dear Chavie,

I was pleased to learn that you – along with the newly formed Montana Holocaust Council -  are launching a campaign to build The Holocaust Museum of Montana. My father of blessed memory once wrote that “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” This museum will serve undoubtedly to raise awareness about humanity’s tragic past and help ensure a brighter future for all people. Children and adults, Jews and non-Jews, those on the left and right – all should be able to learn and grow in their understanding by visiting the museum.

We live in a time where it has never become easier to ignore our fellow brothers and sisters.  Polarized newsfeeds on our personal devices clamor for our attention and paint anyone we disagree with into ever-increasingly extreme corners.  Polarizing politicians foment class, racial and societal unrest.  Voices of moderation and compassion are harder and harder to find.

It is impossible to study the Holocaust and not feel pulled towards moderation, towards compassion, towards investing in a society that can accommodate different backgrounds and beliefs.  The work of this Museum is powerfully relevant today.

I wish its founders much success as they tackle this important project.

Remaining yours,
Elisha Wiesel 


Why Bozeman, Montana?

A Holocaust Museum in Montana will touch a truly diverse community of visitors due to Bozeman’s status as both a lively university town and a major tourist destination in close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.

Bozeman is a vibrant city of 45,000 people situated in Montana’s verdant, mountain-rimmed Gallatin Valley, a place of breathtaking natural beauty. It’s a dynamic setting where the oldest stretch of Main Street is lined with circa-1880 buildings that seem to have been pulled straight out of a Western movie, while the town itself is a hotbed of intellectual, artistic, and scientific innovation. It is home to a steadily increasing population of students and faculty, outdoor enthusiasts, young families, senior citizens, creatives, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and blue-collar workers, with Native Americans comprising the largest segment of minorities. In addition to its full-time residents, over 1 million tourists visit Bozeman each year, many on their way to Yellowstone National Park. On average tourists stay a total of 4.5 days in Bozeman spending $283 per day on local attractions, hospitalities, and eateries. With the presence of Montana’s largest college, Montana State University– boasting 16,440 students, and 11 public schools, Bozeman is a place of perpetual growth where learning and development are emphasized. Here, reminders of history and thoughts of the future coexist in a constant delicate dance that lends form and hope to the present.

About Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As of 2017, it is the sixth-most visited among 59 national parks in the United States. A 3,500-square-mile expanse of amazing and otherworldly landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife, it receives over 4.25 million visits annually from a global community of individuals who come from every continent. These tourists also visit other regional attractions, including museums, on their way into and out of the park. The presence of Yellowstone helps to position the Holocaust Museum of Montana as a major destination for people from all over the world.

“A 3,500-square-mile expanse of amazing and otherworldly landscapes inhabited by abundant wildlife, it receives over 4.25 million visits annually from a global community of individuals who come from every continent.”

Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

Montana Holocaust Council

Executive Director

Chavie Bruk,
Holocaust Museum of Montana, Executive Director


Max Baucus,
Former United States Senator – Montana & US
Ambassador to China


Melodee Hanes ,
Former Administrator of OJJDP at US Justice Dept.


Conrad Anker,
Rock Climber, Mountaineer, and Author

Dr. Waded Cruzado,
Montana State University, President

Michael W. Delaney,
Delaney & Company, Principal

Carlson Duke Goes Ahead,
Vice Chairman, Crow Council

Rick Hill,
Former United States Representative – Montana

Connie Ostrovsky,
Owner of C. Ostrovsky Exclusive Jewelry 

Dr. Godfrey Saunders,
Montana State University, Assistant Teaching Professor

Chuck Tooley,
Former Billings Mayor

Steve Wellington MSW LCSW,
Praxis Healthcare Counseling, Therapist

Dr. John Xanthopoulos,
University of Montana Western, Associate Professor of Education

Suggested Donation Opportunities

The Holocaust Museum of Montana offers opportunities for individuals, their families, foundations, and corporations to be part of its foundation of supporters. Suggested levels of participation are listed below, however if you or your organization cares to be a part of the Holocaust Museum of Montana on a personalized level please don’t hesitate to call us at (406) 813-0668.

Museum Builders:

$1 million and above

Capital Benefactors:

$500,000 - $1 million

Capital Pioneers:

$250,000 - $500,000

Capital Fellows:

$100,000 - $250,000

Capital Founders:

$50,000 - $100,000

Capital Patrons:

$25,000 - $50,000

Chairman’s Circle:

$15,000 - $25,000

Leader’s Circle:

$10,000 - $15,000

Community Level:

$5,000 - $10,000


$1,000 - $5,000


$500 - $1,000


$1 - $500

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the fundraising efforts for the Holocaust Museum of Montana. As a contributor, you understand the joy of giving to an organization that supports and teaches tolerance to all adults and children in the Northern Rockies/Greater Yellowstone Region. And from all of us at the Holocaust Museum of Montana, a sincere Thank You for your consideration.

For your reference we are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN # 81-4632840. View our credentials.

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Holocaust Museum of Montana
PO Box 914 Bozeman,
Bozeman, MT 59771

(406) 813-0668

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