"It was cool to have a chance to listen to a real person speak about what he went through during the Holocaust. He was the most credible source that we could have. I learned a lot more through his pictures and stories." ~ Boys Latin Charter School student

Museum Closed Tuesday, March 14th

Due to the inclement weather, we will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th.

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"

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Philmont Country Club
301 Tomlinson Road | Huntingdon Valley, PA
Cost: $50 per person couvert*

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.

For additional information or to reserve your ticket, contact Shelley Rappaport, Program Director, shelley@hamec.org or 215.464.4701

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

Miriam Krugman Caine (1933-2017)

Miriam (nee Krugman) Caine passed away on Sunday, February 21st, after dedicating many years to teaching children and adults about her Holocaust experiences at the hands of the Nazis and then under Soviet occupation.

Miriam was seven years old when the Nazis arrived in Bialystok, Poland. Due to the Non-Aggression Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union, Bialystok was turned over to the Soviet Union in September 1939. In July 1941 she, her family, and others were packed into trains andspent two days traveling without food or water to a labor camp in Siberia. There they suffered continuously from hunger and cold.

Miriam was twelve years old when the war ended in 1945. She and her family made their way to the western part of Germany and lived in a Displaced Persons camp. In 1949 her family moved to Philadelphia where she later met and married Allen Caine, another survivor. He had survived Auschwitz. They had two children and two grandchildren.

For many decades, Miriam served tirelessly as a leader in the Philadelphia community and was passionate about speaking to students about her experiences, providing them insights into the effects of hatred and anti-Semitism. May her life serve as an example for others and a blessing for all of us.

Read her bull bio here

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