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March 18th, 2019

Annual Professional Development Bus Trip, June 27, 2019

Professional Development bus trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

  • ACT 48 credit hours offered
  • Round trip motor coach transportation
  • Reserved admission to the Museum
  • On board kosher breakfast/brunch
  • On-bus professional development and trip escort by Reena Sigman Friedman, PH.D., Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Reconstructionist Rabbincal College and Adjunct Professor of Jewish History at Gratz College, Shari Herman Glauser, retired teacher, HAMEC educational speaker and a member of HAMEC's 2G network, Ronnie Reutlinger Breslow, passenger on the ill-fated SS St. Louis in May 1939 and respected Holocaust survivor and speaker.

Register now to save your seat! -- Deadline is Friday, June 14th.

  • 7:00 a.m. Depart from Holocaust Awareness Museum
  • 5:00 p.m. Depart from USHMM
  • 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own at Maryland Service House
  • 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Return to Holocaust Awareness Museum
  • Cost is $65 per person ($5 discount for HAMEC members).

To RSVP or for more information email info@hamec.org or call 215.464.4701

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December 31st, 2018

Germany Agrees To Pay Kindertransport Survivors Who Escaped Nazis As Children

The German government has agreed to make a one-time payment to Kindertransport survivors — mostly Jewish children who were evacuated to Britain and other places to escape the Nazi's wrath on the precipice of World War II.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, also known as the Claims Conference, announced on Monday that the government will pay €2,500 (a little more than $2,800 U.S.) to each living person who made it out of Nazi-controlled countries, including Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Free City of Danzig, as part of the humanitarian rescue effort.

An estimated 10,000 children under the age of 17 were eventually relocated primarily to Britain through Kindertransport, as the operation was informally named. Most of the children were never reunited with their parents, many of whom were murdered during the Holocaust.

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Sad News Regarding Klara Vinokur

We are saddened to announce that Klara Vinokur has passed away.


Klara came from the city of Shpola. From 1941-2 the Nazis came in and destroyed the Jewish population. Klara was about 13 years old and was sent to a forced labor camp. Her younger brother, Gregory, was murdered in Shpola. She worked until she became ill. She was sent to the infirmary (with no medicine or treatment). After a week she and 19 others were taken out of the camp to the nearby woods where 2 pits had been dug (10 Jews for each pit). Somehow she instinctively dove into some bushes just as the firing squad began to fire and simultaneously it began to rain. She survived. She went back to Shpola and hid until the Soviet forced liberated the city. She took soil from the pit she was scheduled to be killed in and kept that soil next to her bed the rest of her life.

Afterwards, became a teacher and taught in Kiev. She provided leadership in the building of a monument Kiev to the victims of the Babi Yar massacres. A second monument was built which better represented the truth of the Babi Yar massacre.

Eventually she came to the United States. Here she helped with establishing a memorial to the victims of the Babi Yar massacre (located in Montefiore Cemetery). She organized annual remembrance ceremonies at Montefiore, carefully supervising each detail for the ceremonies. A few years ago she passed on leadership for the Babi Yar memorial ceremony but continued to participate in each program.

In 2001 she became an active member of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center when it returned to Philadelphia. She talked to groups. She helped to set up displays in our showcases. She helped to translate material from Russian into English. She was, also, a member of our board for all these years.

View part of her testimony here from our Holocaust Legacy Library

Read her one page biography here