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Boise’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights invites Idahoans to ‘Cure for Hate’ events

By: - October 18, 2023 4:51 pm
The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise was founded in 1996 to construct a memorial to human rights. In 2002, it established the Idaho Anne Frank Memorial, the only memorial of its kind in the U.S. (Mia Maldonado/Idaho Capital Sun)

The Boise-based Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is inviting Idahoans to attend events planned throughout the state related to the documentary film “The Cure for Hate.”

The film will be screened in Rigby, Rexburg, Boise and Sandpoint, and the events  planned will also include panel discussions and a conference for students and teachers.

“‘The Cure for Hate’ traces former neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier Tony McAleer’s journey of atonement to bear witness to the horrors of Auschwitz and examine the throughline to modern day violent extremism,” a press release from the Wassmuth Center said.

Here are some details for each location’s events:

  • Rexburg: A presentation is planned for about 100 students at Madison High School on Thursday morning. Organizers also plan to speak to two Holocaust education classes and a literature course at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Friday.
  • Rigby: An open house and film screening will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson School District No. 251 board room, 3850 E. 300 N. Events are also planned that morning for about 250 students at Rigby High School.
  • Sandpoint: A community film screening and Q-&-A is planned for 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 417 N. Fourth Ave. The public is encouraged to attend. On Monday, a workshop is planned with the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force titled “Building Community through Compassion, Curiosity, & Courage” from 9-11 a.m. at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St.
  • Boise: The Human Rights Education Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, while the community film screening and panel discussion will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Boise State University Student Union Ballroom, 1700 W. University Drive.

The events are made possible by collaborations through the Wassmuth Center, the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, “The Cure for Hate” film team, Boise State University’s School of Public Service, the Boise State Writing Project, the Jefferson County School District, and Brigham Young University-Idaho, as well as other educators and grassroots organizers.


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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.