Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center Our mission is to educate Delaware Valley students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing,
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The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, America's first Holocaust museum, was founded in 1961 by survivor Yaakov Riz, who lost 83 members of his family in Hitler's death camps. Riz vowed that if he survived he would dedicate his life to establishing a museum that would memorialize the millions of Jews and Non-Jews who perished at the hands of Nazi barbarism. Initially, the museum was housed in the basement of Riz's home. The museum's genesis, its growth and its struggle against intolerance are the realization of his dream, his courage and his commitment. In the five-county area that we serve, the museum's educational and community outreach is ecumenical and comprises a population that ranges from elementary school school (grade 5) to senior citizens. Many of the students we work with come from disadvantaged homes. Some of our students are newcomers who have fled countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Serbia. During the last 50 years, tens of thousands of students have visited the museum. We, in turn, have presented thousands of Holocaust programs in schools and to community groups and organizations. Our efforts are designed to emphasize the message that racial, ethnic, and religious hatred are the social poisons that weaken the American democracy.

Mission: Using the resources of the museum, our mission is to educate students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. The study of the Holocaust provides us with one of the most effective ways to work with students to examine basic moral issues and value systems. What are the lessons of the Holocaust for us today?

The fascinating story of Violette Szabo, who bravely parachuted into Occupied France – twice – and helped defeat Nazi Ge...
05/15/2020
La Petite Anglaise

The fascinating story of Violette Szabo, who bravely parachuted into Occupied France – twice – and helped defeat Nazi Germany.

She parachuted behind enemy lines.

05/14/2020

Our mission continues, as we continue the work of Holocaust education through digital programming!

This week, HAMEC joined with the Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of NEPA to bring a virtual version of the annual Teen Symposium on the Holocaust to Scranton area students.

Virtual classroom sessions throughout the week reached students and teachers who had planned to attend this year's Symposium. We are pleased to have worked with HERC to bring personalized Holocaust education to these students, even though circumstances this year meant the event could not be held in-person as planned.

Special thanks to Mr. Mike Herskovitz, Ms. Ruth Hartz, Mr. Pete Stern, and Mr. David Tuck for sharing their stories with the virtual Scranton Youth Symposium.

Even with current distance education, student journalists at Temple University have been able to publish about the impor...
05/12/2020
Don’t ignore history: Holocaust education is essential

Even with current distance education, student journalists at Temple University have been able to publish about the important work of Holocaust education. Featuring an interview with one of our survivor speakers, Mr. David Tuck.

With this year marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of concentration camps in Europe, it is vital that all U.S. states mandate Holocaust education.

05/08/2020
Keystone State Boychoir

Join the Keystone State Boychoir and New Jersey Boychoir TONIGHT for a special concert commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Terezín Concentration Camp.

They will be streaming LIVE through their page (https://www.facebook.com/cychoirs/) starting at 7:00PM

Under the direction of Music Directors Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Steven M. Fisher, Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) consists of 200 boys and young men between the ages of eight and 18. KSB channels the boundless energy of boys into enthralling music making.

05/07/2020
Gunter Hauer

Happy 101st Birthday to Gunter Hauer!

Today we honor Gunter's tireless efforts to share his story and educate students about the dangers of racism and intolerance.

Gunter's testimony is documented in HAMEC's legacy library:

Produced by Flim Films LLC and The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center Gunter Hauer's Legacy documentary is one of a 13-part series of Holocaust…

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesdayNowThanks to your generosity and support, we surpassed our $2500 goal and ra...
05/06/2020

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesdayNow

Thanks to your generosity and support, we surpassed our $2500 goal and raised $2801 during Tuesday's global day of giving!

We wish to extend our gratitude to everyone who was able to participate in our programming or donate on #GivingTuesdayNow. As we move forward through a changing world, we appreciate your support of our virtual and remote programming to bring Holocaust education to classrooms in the United States and around the world.

Your contributions will ensure we will continue to:

educate thousands of students about the consequences of hatred, racism, and bigotry in the Philadelphia area and around the world through Microsoft's Skype in the Classroom.

innovate new ways in which we can engage our community

guarantee the experiences of our network of Holocaust Survivors, Liberators, Resistors are not forgotten.

Thank YOU for partnering with us in this crucial work! We could not do it without your support.

Chuck Feldman
President

05/05/2020

Thank you again for all your generosity during #GivingTuesdayNow!

HAMEC has raised $1,902 of our $2500 goal. With your support, we will be able to move forward with providing more quality virtual educational programming, like our recent Yom HaShoah public event with speaker Ruth Hartz:

05/05/2020
Manya Frydman Perel Holocaust Survivor

On May 5th, 1945, Manya Perel was liberated by Russian soldiers after escaping a death march. On this 75th anniversary of that day, we honor her important and tireless work educating students on the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance.

In this video produced by a student who met and worked with her, Manya shares her story. (Content Warning: Some images in this video may not be suitable for younger audiences.)

Watch and listen to the charismatic Manya Frydman Perel as she guides us through her 8 concentration camp survival of the Holocaust. 13 seconds of black at t...

Thank you to all who have supported HAMEC for #GivingTuesdayNow! So far, we have raised $1,657! Your generosity and pass...
05/05/2020

Thank you to all who have supported HAMEC for #GivingTuesdayNow!

So far, we have raised $1,657! Your generosity and passion will help us continue to provide personalized Holocaust education virtually to schools in the Delaware Valley, the United States, and all over the world. We are grateful for your support as we shift to virtual and distance programming in these unprecedented times.
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There’s still time to register for this afternoon’s virtual public program with Mike Herskovitz, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of his liberation from Gunskirchen! The program starts at 4:00pm. Registration closes at 12:00PM. Register by emailing [email protected].

05/05/2020
Dave Tuck

Thank you to everyone joining HAMEC for #GivingTuesdayNow!

May 5th is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Gusen II concentration camp.

David Tuck was liberated on that day, and still shares his story with students in the Philadelphia area and all over the world through our digital programming. His story is archived in our Legacy Library.

David will be speaking today remotely with students at Upper Merion high school, as we continue our work in a new virtual format.

This is "Dave Tuck" by Flim Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Help our Holocaust Survivors Speak To Students Join us for Giving Tuesday Now! During this time of crisis, we are gratef...
05/04/2020

Help our Holocaust Survivors Speak To Students Join us for Giving Tuesday Now! During this time of crisis, we are grateful to have your support of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. It is because of our passionate, dedicated supporters that we are able to continue educating students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance.

As we move move forward in these uncertain times, HAMEC is determined to answer the challenges of adapting our educational programming due to the unique circumstances caused by COVID-19. We have already begun increasing our virtual and distance educational programming, with a successful public virtual event to commemorate Yom HaShoah. As we move forward and commit to offering more of this kind of programming, we need your help funding the technological resources needed to pivot to digital programming.

So join us for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th! We will be sharing some of our existing digital resources throughout the day. We will also end the day with a special digital presentation from speaker Mike Herskovitz, reflecting on his experiences of his liberation from Gunskirchen 75 years ago. Your support will help us offer more programming like this as education increasingly pivots to a virtual format.

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!
Mike Herskovitz
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Free to Register

The event will be through GoogleMeet. Seats for the event are limited to 250. Participation will be through registration only. Registration will end on May 5th at 12:00 PM Contact our staff at [email protected] to register.
A link to join the digital presentation will be provided to you from a staff member.

05/04/2020
Ruth Hartz Speaks for Yom HaShoah Program (4/20/2020)

We're just one day away from #GivingTuesdayNow! Thank you to everyone who has already participated.
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HAMEC is hard at work adapting our educational programming due to the unique circumstances caused by COVID-19. We have already begun increasing our virtual and distance educational programming, with a successful public virtual event with Ruth Kapp Hartz, discussing her experiences as hidden child in France.

This clip is from that event, and shows how we are moving into the future to adapt HAMEC's programming to these changing times. Your contribution will go a long way toward funding the technological resources needed to continue our pivot to digital programming.

Join us for a special digital Presentation:Witness to History: 75 years later withMichael Herskovitza Survivor of Auschw...
04/30/2020

Join us for a special digital Presentation:

Witness to History: 75 years later with

Michael Herskovitz

a Survivor of Auschwitz and Gunskirchen concentration camps during World War II.

Join the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center for a virtual speaker program with Holocaust Survivor, Michael Herskovitz. Michael will discuss his experiences in the concentration camps during the Holocaust and reflecting on his life 75 years later on the anniversary of his liberation from Gunskirchen. His presentation will be followed by a moderated question and answer session by Geoffrey Quinn, HAMEC Education Director.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Free to Register

The event will be through GoogleMeet. Seats for the event are limited to 250. Participation will be through registration only. Registration will end on May 5th at 12:00 PM

Contact our staff at [email protected] to register. A link to join the digital presentation will be provided to you from a staff member. If you are an educator requesting attendance for your class please specify in your registration. Any additional information will be provided upon request.

04/30/2020
Don Greenbaum

As we conclude our week commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, take a look at another resource from HAMEC's digital Legacy Library. Here, Dachau liberator Don Greenbaum speaks about his experiences during WWII.

All videos in our Legacy Library are available at http://hamec.org/legacy-library/

And remember to join us next Tuesday, May 5th, for more digital resources and programming as HAMEC participates in #GivingTuesdayNow!
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This is "Don Greenbaum" by Flim Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

04/29/2020
Ernie Gross

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau. Through HAMEC's legacy library and digital resources, hear Dachau survivor Ernie Gross recount his story:

(And join us next Tuesday, May 5th, for more digital resources and programming as HAMEC participates in #GivingTuesdayNow!)
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This is "Ernie Gross" by Flim Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Join us for Giving Tuesday Now!During this time of crisis, we are grateful to have your support of the Holocaust Awarene...
04/28/2020

Join us for Giving Tuesday Now!

During this time of crisis, we are grateful to have your support of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. It is because of our passionate, dedicated supporters that we are able to continue educating students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance.

As we move move forward in these uncertain times, HAMEC is determined to answer the challenges of adapting our educational programming due to the unique circumstances caused by COVID-19. We have already begun increasing our virtual and distance educational programming, with a successful public virtual event to commemorate Yom HaShoah. As we move forward and commit to offering more of this kind of programming, we need your help funding the technological resources needed to pivot to digital programming.



So join us for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th! We will be sharing some of our existing digital resources throughout the day. We will also end the day with a special digital presentation from speaker Mike Herskovitz, reflecting on his experiences of his liberation from Gunskirchen 75 years ago. Your support will help us offer more programming like this as education increasingly pivots to a virtual format.

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Mike Herskovitz

Monday, May 5, 2020

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Free to Register

The event will be through GoogleMeet. Seats for the event are limited to 250. Participation will be through registration only. Registration will end on May 5th at 12:00 PM

Contact our staff at [email protected] to register. A link to join the digital presentation will be provided to you from a staff member

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As we approach the anniversary of the liberation of Dachau (4/29), revisit the meeting of our wonderful speakers Ernie G...
04/28/2020
Dachau survivor, liberator become friends 67 years later

As we approach the anniversary of the liberation of Dachau (4/29), revisit the meeting of our wonderful speakers Ernie Gross and Don Greenbaum, chronicled here in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2012.

Ernie Gross, 83, of Northeast Philadelphia, was a 16-year-old Orthodox Jew from Romania when on April 29, 1945, he found himself waiting to be put to death at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Dachau (4/29), learn more about the history of the camp with th...
04/27/2020
Dachau

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Dachau (4/29), learn more about the history of the camp with this comprehensive educational resource from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its allies established more than 44,000 camps and other incarceration sites (including ghettos). The perpetrators used these locations for a range of purposes, including forced labor, detention of people deeme...

An AP series dedicated to remembering lives lost to coronavirus around the world highlights the legacy of  Isaiah Kupers...
04/23/2020
Lives Lost: A man who studied darkness, but beamed light

An AP series dedicated to remembering lives lost to coronavirus around the world highlights the legacy of Isaiah Kuperstein, a passionate Holocaust educator who was the first education director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington

He’d retreat to his basement, surrounded by thousands of books on the Holocaust. He’d return from Europe with photos of cemeteries. The lessons of relatives who were killed and parents who lived...

With the announcement that Philadelphia area schools will remain closed through the end of the current school year, the ...
04/19/2020

With the announcement that Philadelphia area schools will remain closed through the end of the current school year, the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center , located in Northeast Philadelphia, is offering survivor testimony programs as an online educational resource.

In the coming week, HAMEC along with community partners, will be making the following programs available to commemorate Yom Hashoah the annual commemoration of the millions of victims of Nazi Germany's genocidal policies. Yom Hashoah 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

Sunday, April 19 at 11:45 A.M. on Zoom, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will host a memorial ceremony and presentation of eyewitness testimony by Pete Stern, whose family was deported to Latvia in 1941 and transferred to the Riga ghetto in 1942. For more information contact Beth Razin.

On Monday April 20th on Google Meet,Holocaust survivor and educator Ruth Kapp Hartz will share her testimony about being a hidden child in France and the relevancy of that to the crisis and isolation that we are currently experiencing. HAMEC Education Director Geoff Quinn will facilitate a question and answer session. To register email our staff, spaces are limited and going quickly.

On April 22nd, The Holocaust Remembrance Foundation will have Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff discuss her experiences as a child survivor of the Holocaust, as well as the importance of Holocaust education today. To register contact the Holocaust Remembrance Foundation's Executive Director Eszter Kutas.

On Sunday April 26th at 10:30 A.M. Or Hadash in Fort Washington will present Bertha Schwartz a Holocaust survivor who will share her story of being a young girl in hiding from the Nazi and Vichy regimes. They will be broadcasting over YouTube.

To arrange a future digital program, or find out information about more upcoming programs with HAMEC, please email us at [email protected]

100 Seats added!Join us for a special digital Yom HaShoah Presentation:Witness to History withRuth Kapp Hartza Hidden Ch...
04/16/2020

100 Seats added!

Join us for a special digital Yom HaShoah Presentation:

Witness to History with

Ruth Kapp Hartz

a Hidden Child Survivor of Nazi-Occupied France during World War II

Join the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center for a virtual speaker program with Holocaust Survivor Ruth Hartz. Ruth will discuss her experiences as a hidden child during the Holocaust and reflecting on her life after the conclusion of WWII. Her presentation will be followed by a moderated question and answer session by Geoffrey Quinn, HAMEC Education Director.

Monday, April 20, 2020

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Free to Register

The event will be through GoogleMeet. Seats for the event are limited to 250. Participation will be through registration only. Registration will end on April 20th at 12:00 PM

Contact our staff at [email protected] to register. A link to join the digital presentation will be provided to you from a staff member. Do to a technical problem with our server, you may not have been able to register earlier this week. This issue has been resolved and you can re-register with no problems. If you are an educator requesting attendance for your class please specify in your registration. Any additional information will be provided upon request

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10100 Jamison Ave, Ste 210
Philadelphia, PA
19116

SEPTA # 58 or 67

General information

During the last 50+ years, thousands of students and adults have participated in museum programs. Many students and their teachers have visited the museum, and the museum has hosted many adult community groups as well. The museum staff takes its outreach programs into public, parochial, private, and Jewish schools. Home-schooled students and their parents have also visited the museum. Students and teachers have listened to the life experiences of Holocaust survivors, liberators -- American GIs -- who liberated the concentration camps, and Kindertransport (children whom the Nazis ransomed allowing them to leave for England -- most never saw their parents again). Because many of our speakers are into their 70's and 80's, we are currently videotaping their stories. Over the last 52 years, the museum staff presented programs to elementary, middle, high school, and college students. Our outreach program has taken us to federal installations, senior citizen retirement communities, nursing homes, and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The museum sponsors live performances by professional actors of an abridged version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Lida Stein and the Righteous Gentile". For some students, the plays, a vehicle for teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, was their first exposure to live theater. The play is an excellent venue for discussing the dangers of prejudice, bigotry, and racism. The museum is excited to continue to offer this program as the Anne Frank Theater Project. After viewing the production, students have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss its relevance and the issues it raises for us today. One student commented, "The play made me think about things I had never thought about before. Anyone of us can become a victim no matter what your background is." During the 2017/2018 school year, our Educational Programs reached more than 40,000 people during more than 300 programs to schools, organizations, and businesses.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(215) 464-4701

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The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, America's first Holocaust museum, was founded in 1961 by survivor Yaakov Riz, who lost 83 members of his family during the Holocaust. Riz vowed that if he survived he would dedicate his life to establishing a museum that would memorialize the millions of Jews and Non-Jews who perished at the hands of Nazi barbarism. Initially, the museum was housed in the basement of Riz's home. The museum's genesis, its growth and its struggle against intolerance are the realization of his dream, his courage and his commitment. In the five-county area that we serve, the museum's educational and community outreach is ecumenical and comprises a population that ranges from elementary school (grade 5) to senior citizens. Many of the students we work with come from disadvantaged homes. Some of our students are newcomers who have fled countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Serbia. During the last 50+ years, tens of thousands of students have visited the museum. We, in turn, have presented thousands of Holocaust programs in schools and to community groups and organizations. Our efforts are designed to emphasize the message that racial, ethnic, and religious hatred are the social poisons that weaken the American democracy.

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In case you have not seen or heard about this event yet, the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) will be sharing the stage with Holocaust survivor, Sidney Taussig, at NMAJH on June 1st, when they share a most remarkable - and unknown - story. This journey for KSB began when the 2017 Tour Choir to Prague wanted to learn more about boys their own age before traveling to Terezin (our artistic director made it a mission to address the Holocaust with the boys after overhearing a boy say that the Holocaust had never happened). This led the boys to Mr. Sidney Taussig and the Boys of Vedem. A group of 40 or so 12-15 year old boys, crammed into a tiny 15x15 dorm room, who preserved their humanity and their boyhood with the most beautiful poetry and prose, as well as writings about everyday things like sports, food and girls. They created Vedem - a literary magazine that they read aloud every Friday night. Only 1 in 7 boys survived. And now Mr. Taussig is the last surviving Vedem Boy. He will be joining us for this June 1 event where we will honor him and tell his story. The boys will also travel to Poland and Lithuania this summer, taking this story with them... you can also get more info at cychoirs.org/vedem or contacting me directly. The event starts at 5 pm and concludes at 6:30 pm. There is a brief reception following as well. I hope you will share this with friends and colleagues and join us at the museum theatre for an amazing event: https://cychoirs.ticketleap.com/the-boys-of-vedem/dates/Jun-01-2019_at_0500PM#/
I always read the posts from the Holocaust Awareness Museum as it used to be a big part of my life. I used to be active with the organization, back in the '80's when it was known as the Jewish Identity Center at Englewood and Frontenac Sts. My mother was executive director and I designed the logo ( butterfly with barbed wire) and I'm very flattered that after 30 some years, you're still using it. Let us never forget!
This film was published on the BBC on 19 April 1968 on the 25th anniversary of the revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto. It takes a bit to get going, as though the makers were trying to film the time slot. Furthermore parts of the film are not from Warsaw, some video is from Bydgogosz, other from Kraków. The film ends abruptly - clearly it must have gone on longer but I do not possess the extra part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgB8EgiBcLw
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/High-Tech-Holocaust-Survivor_Philadelphia-486813881.html Thank you HAMEC for letting us tell these survivors' stories and how they're touching lives all over the country and world via Skype.
So proud of our mom Deanne Scherlis Comer!
These survivors from the Holocaust are a brave group of people. Some were in concentration camps, labor camps, hidden children, kindertransports out of Germany, etc. They went to nearly 400 schools last year to share their experiences of the most hateful behavior done to human beings. They teach children about tolerance, kindness, being up standers against hateful behavior and being better human beings.
Bully for HAMEC! Thanks to all of our survivors. God Bless all of them!
Im surprise you guys never thought of creating (engraved or minted medal or a button). They are very inexpensive and it would help tremendously in your donation effort.
My students and I will be reading our book based on the film of Holocaust survivor Harry Somers at the new Jewish Family Children Service building in Bala at 2:00pm on Sunday. They will unveil a painting done by Harry that we donated for their lobby. Please join us! Families welcome and will be given a tour
My students and I will be reading our book on Holocaust survivor Harry Somers at the new Jewish Family Children Service building in Bala at 2:00pm on Sunday. They will unveil a painting done by Harry that we donated for their lobby. Please join us! Families welcome and will be given a tour.