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Press Release – Local Holocaust survivor and liberator to recount their experiences

Local Holocaust survivor and liberator to recount their experiences

March 3, 2018

On Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center of Philadelphia will conduct a free event at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. A Holocaust Survivor and Liberator will recount their experiences.

Holocaust survivor, Ernie Gross, and WWII Veteran and Dachau liberator, Don Greenbaum, will share their stories.  Don and Ernie first crossed paths on April 29th, 1945 in the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. Ernie was a 16-year-old teenager in line to be gassed by the Nazis. Don was a 20-year-old corporal in the U.S. army who came to liberate the camp. The two first met in 2012 and became friends.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information please call 215-464-4701.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum (HAMEC) is the premier provider of Holocaust education programs in the Delaware Valley.  In the last school year alone, HAMEC completed over 350 programs and reached over 35,000 students. With passage of Pennsylvania’s new Holocaust and Genocide education law and implementation last fall, these numbers are expected to increase exponentially.  The museum is dedicated to educating students about the consequences of intolerance and hate. Each year museum programs reach thousands of students through Holocaust survivor presentations, school visits, videos, and plays such as the Anne Frank Theater Project.  The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is a non-profit organization supported by grants from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany, government and foundation grants and private donations.

Press Release – House of Representatives of Pennsylvania issues Citation in tribute of Deanne Comer

House of Representatives of Pennsylvania issues Citation in tribute of Deanne Comer

November 23, 2017

On November 1, 2017, the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, issued a Citation, paying “tribute to Deanne Scherlis Comer upon her well-deserved recognition”, noting her exemplary service and contributions for “her commitment to the creation and implementation of quality Holocaust education by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC) during the 56th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction.”

The Honorable Kevin J. Boyle, State Representative, Pennsylvania House District 172, sponsored the citation, which was co signed by Mike Turzai, the Honorable Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, representing the 28th legislative district. The Honorable, Ed Neilson, Pennsylvania state representative for the 174th Legislative District, was also in attendance. More than 200 people attended this event, which was held on November 11, 2017. In total, $100,000 were raised. This includes ads, silent auction, program sponsorships with the matching grant.

Mrs. Comer was recognized as “a teacher in the Abington School District for twenty-five years, where she chaired the Upper Elementary Holocaust Education Curriculum Committee, she developed and coordinated training sessions for two hundred teachers and librarians as an educational consultant to HAMEC.

A coordinator for the First International Conference on Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust, Mrs. Comer has served on the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Council for thirty years and on the Board of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network. She further served as a diversity trainer for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith World of Difference program, President of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of the American Jewish Congress and Vice Chair of the Youth Symposium sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. To her great credit, Mrs. Comer wrote and directed “Voices of Holocaust History, an award- winning DVD series, and she has lectured extensively and published numerous articles related to the subject.”

The Holocaust Awareness Museum is the premier provider of Holocaust education programs in the Delaware Valley. In the last school year alone, HAMEC completed over 350 programs and reached nearly 35,000 students. With passage of Pennsylvania’s new Holocaust and Genocide education law and implementation last fall, those numbers are expected to increase exponentially. The museum has been dedicated to educating students about the consequences of intolerance and hate. Each year museum programs reach thousands of students through Holocaust survivor presentations, school visits, videos, and plays such as the Anne Frank Theater Project. The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is a non-profit organization supported by grants from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany, government and foundation grants and private donations.

Press Release – Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center to hold its 56th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner. 

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center to hold its 56th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner. 

October 11, 2017

On Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center of Philadelphia will hold its 56th annual Auction and Fundraiser at Philmont Country Club located at 301 Tomlinson Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA.  

This year, “HAMEC” will be honoring Deanne S. Comer for her lifelong commitment to the creation and implementation of quality Holocaust education, incorporating accurate history, and appropriate classroom strategies and as always, celebrating the legacy of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center.

All are welcome.  Tickets are $95 individual / $175 per couple.  

RSVP required by Oct. 27 to info@hamec.org or 215-464-4701.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum, located at 10100 Jamison Ave., Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA, is the premier provider of Holocaust education programs in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond, thanks to their Skype in the classroom programs.  In the last school year alone, “HAMEC” completed nearly 500 programs and reached over 43,000 students. Newly created laws in various states mandating Holocaust education are likely to increase those numbers this year exponentially. The museum is dedicated to educating students about the consequences of intolerance and hate as most recently demonstrated in Charlottesville, VA.  Each year, museum programs reach thousands of students through Holocaust survivor presentations; in-person school visits or via Skype, videos, and plays from the Anne Frank Theater Project.

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is a non-profit organization supported by grants from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany, government and foundation grants, and also private donations.

For more information contact: Chuck Feldman, President, Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, (215) 464-4701, info@hamec.org.