Our Educational Programs serve the five-county area of Greater Philadelphia. They are appropriate for 5th – 12th grade students and in 2020, we reached 23,750 students and adults in 175 schools in Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, and Sweden. We offer a variety of educational programs, including eyewitness testimonies, personal interactions with eyewitnesses, two live theater performances, and docent-led museum tours.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus we have suspended our on-site survivor presentations at schools until further notice. Until further notice we are utilizing our virtual programs to schools so that our vital message can continue to reach the thousands of students in our area and beyond.

Witness to History Project – Survivor Programs

Survivor Programs - David Tuck speaking with hundreds of students
Survivor David Tuck speaks to hundreds of students

Our Witness to History Project – Survivor Presentations provide the opportunity for students to hear a Survivor, Liberator, or Resister’s eyewitness testimony first hand. These eyewitnesses are the richest and best way learn about the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. This program is appropriate for 5th-12th grade students and adults. They last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and include a facilitated Q&A session. The programs are hosted at your school, at our museum facilities, or online via Skype.

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HAMEC Theater Project

HAMEC Theater Project

Our HAMEC Theater Project consists of one professional live theater performance and provides an interactive experience that encourages critical thinking, compassion, and inquiry. Lida Stein and the Righteous Gentile is an original 55-minute play that follows “ordinary” people from “ordinary” families caught up in the extraordinary political and social upheaval of the Nazi era. Each performance includes a facilitated dialogue focusing on tolerance and diversity, consequences, and cultural competence.

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Witness to History Project – Student Programs

Witness To History Programs

The Witness To History Project – Student Presentations promote the lessons of the Holocaust by direct interaction between students and survivors. Participants adopt a survivor by learning their unique account through listening to them tell their story, asking questions, and then re-telling the story to others. Ultimately the participant has the lifelong job of educating others about the Holocaust by sharing this personal narrative.

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Museum Tours

Gunter Hauer Passport

Our Museum houses the largest public collection of personal Holocaust artifacts in Philadelphia from survivors, liberators, and resisters. They tell individual stories of pre-war European life, ghettos and concentration camps, resistance, liberation, resettlement, and transitions to Philadelphia. These precious artifacts, documents, and photographs relate the tragic and inspirational stories of our local survivor community.

This tour it is now available online. Join us for a guided or unguided tour of this digital exhibition highlighting our incredible collection and the personal stories associated with them. This virtual tour incorporates a variety of Holocaust stories all from individuals who settled in or around Philadelphia after WWII. It incorporates unique personal artifacts of survivors, liberators, and resistors to provide a personal and deeper historical understanding about the Holocaust, and uses video footage of personal testimony from our Legacy Library to enhance the experience. This exhibition runs through Fall 2021.

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