"Mr. Tuck had my son thinking all day about what he heard in school. He told me later that night about his one piece of bread in the morning and night. I am thankful for the hand out that was brought home, so I can read his story. This has been a priceless experience for my son, and I am so thankful that Mr. Tuck was able to visit. ~ A Perkiomen Valley HS parent

Professional Development for Educators

  • Are you a teacher looking for ACT48 credits?

  • Are you looking to meet Pennsylvania's legislation that recommends the Holocaust to be taught in public schools?

  • Or are you interested in visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum?

Then join us on Thursday June 22nd, 2017 for a professional development trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Cost is $50 per person ($5 discount for HAMEC members).

Register now to save your seat!
Deadline is Thursday, June 15th.

  • 7am departure from the Holocaust Awareness Museum, 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116
  • 4pm departure from the USHMM, returning to the Holocaust Awareness Museum between 8-9pm
  • Lunch will be provided. Dinner is on your own at the Maryland House rest stop on I-95
  • On bus talks and trip escort by Professor Brenda Gaydosh (West Chester University) who will be discussing Father Bernhard Lichtenberg and the role of Catholics, Holocaust survivors Dave Tuck and Danny Goldsmith, and HAMEC Education Director Geoff Quinn
  • Reserved admission to the USHMM

Please select your choice of lunch sandwich from the following and include it in your RSVP:

  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Corned Beef
  • Vegetarian

For more information or to RSVP, contact Geoff Quinn at the Holocaust Awareness Museum at 215-464-4701 or geoff@hamec.org

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Professor Brenda Gaydosh earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics in 1980 and worked as an actuarial analyst for 15 years. In her late 30s, Brenda returned to school, earning her M.A. in history from West Chester University (1999) and Ph.D. in history from American University (2010). She taught as a fulltime adjunct at West Chester University (2005-2013) and was named Who's Who among American Teachers three times. Dr. Gaydosh has presented numerous papers including three in Europe. She was the group leader for two EF College Study Tours: "The Holocaust in Europe," in summer 2012 and "WWII in Western Europe" in summer 2013. She also traveled with students to Rwanda in 2014. In 2016, she took students on a study trip to Eastern Europe and she is working on plans for trip to Germany and/or Cambodia in 2017. Dr. Gaydosh was promoted to Assistant Professor of History in 2013. Dr. Gaydosh's research interests lie in the history of the Catholic Church in 20th-century Germany. She is preparing to publish a biography of Father Bernhard Lichtenberg, a Catholic martyr of the Nazi era.


Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA
July 10 – 14, 2017

Join Facing History for professional development that links history, literature, and ethics for educators in U.S. How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial, as well as by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this seminar, we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. How did prejudice and racism destroy democracy and human life?

Participants receive complete access to:

  • educator resources, including downloadable Common Core-aligned unit and lesson plans, study guides, teaching strategies, and online tools
  • online lending library of DVDs and books (for all Facing History case studies)
  • individualized coaching and support from a Facing History staff member

In this seminar you will:

    Discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Investigate the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today
  • Receive a free copy of Facing History’s Holocaust and Human Behavior and A Convenient Hatred
  • Become eligible for ACT 48 credits by attending (and there’s complementary lunch every day)

Click here for information and registration

To learn more about Facing History and Ourselves, visit www.facinghistory.org

Funding and scholarships for this seminar are generously underwritten by the Seed the Dream Foundation. Additional thanks to our welcoming host, Germantown Friends School.

Save The Date: 5th Annual Educators Luncheon

Save The Date: 5th Annual Educators Luncheon

Speaker: Stefanie Seltzer

"My Memories as a Child Survivor -- And Moving Forward"

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Philmont Country Club
301 Tomlinson Road | Huntingdon Valley, PA
$50 per person couvert*

For reservations contact info@hamec.org or 215.464.4701
RSVP before Monday, April 23, 2017

Stefanie Seltzer is the Founder and President of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

Stefanie Seltzer was born in Lodz, Poland where her father’s family, the Fiszman family, owned a large glass factory and store called, Rozalia. Its history is documented in the recently completed museum in Radomsko where several pieces of its glassware are exhibited.

She and her family lived in Radomsko, where in 1942, ten thousand Jews were deported to Treblinka, including most of the Fiszman family after her father was killed. Stefanie was smuggled out of the Radomsko ghetto as a very young child and hidden in several places. She was reunited with her mother during the Warsaw uprising. In 1946, after the war, they left Poland for the Displaced Persons Camp in Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1952.

Following a Philadelphia meeting of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, she convened a group of Child Survivors from the N.E. Corridor and organized the first two international conferences of Child Survivors. This led to the formation of the World Federation of Jewish Survivors and their Descendants. There are sixty-four groups throughout the world and there have been twenty-eight annual meetings; the last one with six hundred attendees. She continues to serve as the organization’s President.

In addition, Stefanie is a vice-president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and serves on the Leadership Committee of the Claims Conference, created to obtain material restitution for Holocaust victims. She has served also as Chair of the Yizkor Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Philadelphia, which sponsors the annual Yom Hashoah Remembrance Ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Since the mid seventies, Stefanie has spoken about her eyewitness experiences during the Holocaust to educational and communal institutions, both locally and throughout the United States.

Stefanie has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling.  

She is delighted to be the mother of two sons and a daughter and the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.

Please join us as we honor the Abington School District with our first annual Excellence in Education Award for their pioneering efforts in the development of internationally recognized Holocaust curriculum and awareness/educational programs for grades 5 through 12.

*A portion of the proceeds is a tax-deductible donation to the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center.

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