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February 22nd, 2017

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

February 2nd

HAMEC mourns the passing of long time supporter, Martin Kreithen

Through the years and decades, along with his wife Sylvia, Marty has helped us become an effective force for tolerance in our area and beyond. He will be sorely missed.

Read his obituary

January 17th

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Friday, January 27th

Join us as we observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, January 27th. Ms. Manya Perel, an Auschwitz survivor, will be speaking at the Northeast Sunrisers Rotary Club on Friday, January 27th at 7:15am, at the Country Club Diner, 1717 Cottman Avenue, in Northeast Philadelphia. This program is free and open to the public.

This special program, an observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is one aspect of HAMEC's annual commemoration of the 1945 liberation by Soviet troops of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp.

January 27th is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation, and to honor the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust.

Read Manya's bio(pdf)