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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

November 18th

Sad News Regarding Erica Herz Van Adelsberg

We are saddened to announce that Erica Herz Van Adelsberg has passed away.

Erica Paulette (nee Herz), of Wynnewood, PA, passed peacefully on 16 November 2018 -- loving mother of Judith (Michael) Berman and David (Lisa) van Adelsberg; grandmother of Oren (Ines) and Noah (Naama) Berman, Hunter and Anastasia van Adelsberg; great-grandmother of Nina Berman; sister of Ernest Hilton; former wife of the late Martin van Adelsberg.

Services will be Sunday November 18, 2018, at noon at Beth David, Reform Congregation, 1130 Vaughan Lane, Gladwyne, PA. Interment will follow at Hayim Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA.

Shiva will be held Sunday evening November 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (minyan at 7:30 pm), at the Greenhill Condominiums, East Building, 1001 City Avenue. Wynnewood, PA 19096.

Erica was a life-long educator and retired as the Director of Foreign Languages of the Philadelphia School District. She was a Holocaust survivor and generously shared, with people of all ages around the globe, her story of finding humanity even in the darkest of times. She published her life story, Feeling Great and Grateful in 2013. Her family has asked that, to honor her legacy and further her mission of spreading understanding and tolerance, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, Kleinlife, Suite 210, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116


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September 27th

Let's help make Oregon the 11th state to mandate Holocaust education

Let's help make Oregon the 11th state to mandate Holocaust education! Our friends at 94 Maidens are on the case but they need your help. If you have family or friends in Oregon, please encourage them to call their state senator and state representative and show their support for this bill!

Should Holocaust education be mandatory? This Oregon 9th-grader tries to make it so

Contact your Representatives:
Oregon House of Representatives

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Friday, September 28th Update: This Holocaust survivor is pushing schools to teach students about genocide