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?

03/22/2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we're excited to share some happy news!

Today is our founder's, Yaakov Riz, daughter's birthday -- Happy Birthday Iona Riz!

And yesterday, Yaakov's grandson, Jacob (named for Yaakov), celebrated his Bar Mitzvah!

Mazel Tov to both Iona and Jacob!

Closed schools doesn’t mean closed classrooms. Teachers, here are some opportunities from Facing History and Ourselves t...
03/18/2020
Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Closed schools doesn’t mean closed classrooms. Teachers, here are some opportunities from Facing History and Ourselves to continue the conversation.

Some upcoming webinars for educators looking to continue incorporating Holocaust education as they work remotely:

03/11/2020

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and its current and potential impact in our area, our Museum is closed for tours until further notice.

03/07/2020

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and its current and potential impact in our area we will be suspending our on-site survivor presentations at schools throughout the Delaware Valley until further notice. This decision was not come to lightly. Until further notice we will be utilizing our Skype programs to schools so that our vital message can continue to reach the thousands of students in our area and beyond. Obviously, our heroes have faced far worse than this current situation in their lives but we at the Holocaust Awareness Museum care deeply about the health and safety of our incredible speakers and facilitators. We are sure that you understand our concerns and trust that you will take advantage of our Skype programming. If you have already scheduled an on-site program or are facilitating for a program in the future, you will be contacted directly from our Education and Program Directors.

With more and more Holocaust survivors passing away, more investments in this technology and videotaping survivors is vi...
02/19/2020
Stockton University Graduate Studies

With more and more Holocaust survivors passing away, more investments in this technology and videotaping survivors is vital and necessary.

This technology will directly benefit our Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Stockton University students!
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On Thursday, February 13th, survivor Marius Gherovici shared his testimony and answered thoughtful questions from studen...
02/17/2020

On Thursday, February 13th, survivor Marius Gherovici shared his testimony and answered thoughtful questions from students at the Gompers SamuelSchool in West Philly. Thank you to our facilitator Dina Lichtman for providing Marius his transportation and for facilitating the Q&As!

On February 6th, Dave Tuck spoke to a small classroom of students at St Jude School. Their questions were insightful and...
02/12/2020

On February 6th, Dave Tuck spoke to a small classroom of students at St Jude School. Their questions were insightful and Dave was happy to spend time with them. Thank you for inviting us!

On January 29th, during the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the students at The Hun School of Princeton...
02/10/2020

On January 29th, during the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the students at The Hun School of Princeton invited survivor Dave Tuck to share his story and lessons with them. Here he is, sharing his story with a room full of students.

There is always something to learn from these webcasts!
02/08/2020

There is always something to learn from these webcasts!

Hollywood studios made a handful of movies about Nazism during the 1930s and ‘40s, but the treatment of Jews rarely made the big screen. After the United States entered the war, the tone of Hollywood movies began to change. Join us live on Facebook on Monday, February 10, at 9:30 a.m. as we discuss Hollywood’s depiction of the Holocaust.

This is a beautiful article so please read and share.Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Jason Nark accompanied local survi...
02/05/2020
At 91, she returned to Auschwitz with her family, one last time

This is a beautiful article so please read and share.

Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Jason Nark accompanied local survivor and HAMEC speaker Anneliese Nossbaum and her family to Poland during the 75th Liberation ceremony at Auschwitz.

The Jenkintown woman brought her child and grandchildren to Poland for the 75th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation.

Check it out!  Ernie Gross shared his testimony at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) yesterd...
02/04/2020
Holocaust survivor shares his story in Carlisle

Check it out! Ernie Gross shared his testimony at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) yesterday and it was covered by abc27 News!

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — Holocaust survivor Ernie Gross, 90, spoke at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Monday. Now a Pennsylvanian, Gross was only 15 when he was taken to Auschwit…

Incredible woman.
02/03/2020
Mildred Fish-Harnack honored as hero of resistance to Nazi regime

Incredible woman.

UW-Madison alumna Mildred Fish-Harnack became a resistance fighter in Nazi Germany and was the only American civilian to be executed on the direct order of Adolf Hitler. On July 12, a statue called 'Mildred' is being dedicated in a Madison park.

Last week Dave Tuck skyped to Susquehannock High School of the Southern York County School District. The auditorium was ...
02/03/2020

Last week Dave Tuck skyped to Susquehannock High School of the Southern York County School District. The auditorium was PACKED! Their teacher, Heather Shoemaker, said "Our kids were amazed by his story" and "I am already looking forward to next year to hopefully work with you again on getting another survivor!" Us too, Heather!

Thank you for inviting Dave to speak today!
01/31/2020

Thank you for inviting Dave to speak today!

This week marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and we thank survivor, Mr. David Tuck, and the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, for giving our students at Abington Senior High School an opportunity today to hear his moving story and life lessons. #ASDProud @ Abington Senior High School

Yesterday, Dave Tuck spoke at The Hun School of Princeton to more than 650 students and faculty. Literally every student...
01/30/2020

Yesterday, Dave Tuck spoke at The Hun School of Princeton to more than 650 students and faculty. Literally every student and faculty was in attendance.

KYW Newsradio
01/30/2020
KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio

Today, the world is made up of about 15 million Jews — still far less than the globe’s pre-World War II Jewish population.

“Adolf Hitler made it his mission to kill every Jew on the planet,” Chuck Feldman, president of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, “with the goal of killing every one of the 18 million Jews who at that time were on the planet. He succeeded, unfortunately, in killing one-third of them.”

We’re proud to have a wonderful partnership with KleinLife and thankful for the people there who make Holocaust survivor...
01/27/2020

We’re proud to have a wonderful partnership with KleinLife and thankful for the people there who make Holocaust survivors welcome and comfortable in the community.

Today, we watched the live stream of the 75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz Liberation & heard some moving remarks from Manya Perel and Ernie Gross, a couple of survivors and part of our KleinLife family. #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay #WeRemember
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01/27/2020
75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz [LIVE - ENGLISH]

Livestream the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz from the Auschwitz Memorial.

Official LIVE streaming of the commemoration event of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz from the Memorial Site (January 27, 2020). Over 200...

It is the first such apology to be offered by a Dutch prime minister. About 102,000 of the six million Jews murdered in ...
01/26/2020
Dutch PM sorry for country's role in Holocaust

It is the first such apology to be offered by a Dutch prime minister.

About 102,000 of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust came from the Netherlands.

Mark Rutte is the first prime minister to acknowledge the Netherlands' role in persecuting Jews.

Survivor Manya Perel recently spoke to 8th grade students at Northwood Academy Charter School. Her daughter, Sylvia, joi...
01/23/2020

Survivor Manya Perel recently spoke to 8th grade students at Northwood Academy Charter School. Her daughter, Sylvia, joined her.

The Solebury School welcomed Dave Tuck, Holocaust Survivor, to speak to their 310 9th-12th grade students and faculty ye...
01/23/2020

The Solebury School welcomed Dave Tuck, Holocaust Survivor, to speak to their 310 9th-12th grade students and faculty yesterday. This is how we educate students about the Holocaust -- personal testimony and tons of questions from students!

Last Friday, January 10th, Survivor Marius Gherovici spoke at Anderson Add B School of the School District of Philadelph...
01/16/2020

Last Friday, January 10th, Survivor Marius Gherovici spoke at Anderson Add B School of the School District of Philadelphia. Thank you for inviting him to speak and take questions from the students!

Ruth Hartz recently Skyped to 6th grade students at the Lambton Kent District School Board's Queen Elizabeth II School P...
01/06/2020

Ruth Hartz recently Skyped to 6th grade students at the Lambton Kent District School Board's Queen Elizabeth II School Petrolia. 🇨🇦

12/26/2019
Saved by music: a Holocaust survivor's story

Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch on how playing the cello saved her life in the Nazi concentration camps.

Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch on how playing the cello saved her life in the Nazi concentration camps.

12/23/2019
Prisoners in Nazi concentration camps made music; now it's being discovered and performed

More than 6 million people, most of them Jews, died in the Holocaust. The music they wrote as a temporary escape, however, did not, thanks in part to the efforts of an Italian composer and pianist.

More than 6 million people, most of them Jews, died in the Holocaust. The music they wrote as a temporary escape, however, did not, thanks in part to the efforts of an Italian composer and pianist.

The other day, Dave Tuck shared his story with students in the CTeen international program, which was hosted at Council ...
12/20/2019

The other day, Dave Tuck shared his story with students in the CTeen international program, which was hosted at Council Rock High School North. With Chabad Lubavitch of Bucks County

In May of 1933, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, organized the burning of thousands of books in Berlin....
12/19/2019
The Two Pages that Survived the Nazi Book Burnings

In May of 1933, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, organized the burning of thousands of books in Berlin. Two scorched pages survived the burning and made their way to the National Library in Jerusalem.

In May of 1933, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, organized the burning of thousands of books in Berlin. Two scorched pages survived the burning and made their way to the National Library in Jerusalem.

Lise Glass Marlowe's 6th grade class at the Cheltenham School District presented Itka Zygmuntowicz a plaque in honor of ...
12/17/2019

Lise Glass Marlowe's 6th grade class at the Cheltenham School District presented Itka Zygmuntowicz a plaque in honor of her brother and sister who were murdered at Auschwitz on November 22, 1942.

Elkins Park Students Gift Holocaust Survivor Plaque in Honor of Deceased Siblings

Elkins Park teacher Lise Marlowe's sixth grade class presented 93-year-old Auschwitz survivor Itka Zygmontowicz a special plaque dedicated to the memory of her 11-year old brother Srulek and 13-year old sister, Syzl, who perished at the concentration camp on November 22, 1942.

The plaque is symbolic of Marlowe’s years-old stick figure collection representing those who perished at Aushwitz. Marlowe conceived of the stick figure project in 1996 as way to help students put into perspective the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. The project is approaching 1.3 million stick figures, which represents only children nine and under, and covers the entire Elkins Park School gym. The class is determined to reach 1.5 million stick figures before Marlowe creates a stick figure exhibition at Gratz College in 2020.

Contact Lise Marlowe if you'd like to help her class finish the stick figure project. #NeverForget #ThisIsCheltenham

Ronnie Breslow recently spoke at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and shared her testimony and lessons from the Holocaust....
12/11/2019
Woman tells of childhood escape from Nazi Germany

Ronnie Breslow recently spoke at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and shared her testimony and lessons from the Holocaust.

“I am fully aware and deeply appreciative to be in this wonderful country where we have our freedom,” said Breslow. “But I say to all of us, that we have to be exceedingly cautious, exceeding careful, that we never lose this precious gift called freedom, because kids, freedom is not free. God bless America.”

RADNOR—Renate “Ronnie” Breslow was just 8 years old when she boarded the MS St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany with her mother, Elly Reutlinger, on May 13, 1939, but already her

Yesterday, Dave Tuck Skyped to 35 6th graders in Wales. Our international resume keeps expanding every week!
12/10/2019

Yesterday, Dave Tuck Skyped to 35 6th graders in Wales. Our international resume keeps expanding every week!

12/07/2019
94 Maidens

Happy Birthday to Dave Tuck, one of our Survivor heroes. He won’t tell us how old he is but he swears it actually is his birthday! 🎶🎵🎂❤️

This will make you feel good. Watch and share! #Holocaust #education #students #birthday #respect

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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.

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

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(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.