“They feel like they have a connection with him even though they don’t know him.” ~ The McPherson School, KS


January 17th, 2017

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)


January 16th

Save The Date: 5th Annual Educators Luncheon

Save The Date: 5th Annual Educators Luncheon

Speaker: Stefanie Seltzer

"My Memories as a Child Survivor -- And Moving Forward"

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Philmont Country Club
301 Tomlinson Road | Huntingdon Valley, PA
$50 per person couvert*

For reservations contact info@hamec.org or 215.464.4701
RSVP before Monday, April 23, 2017

Stefanie Seltzer is the Founder and President of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

Stefanie Seltzer was born in Lodz, Poland where her father’s family, the Fiszman family, owned a large glass factory and store called, Rozalia. Its history is documented in the recently completed museum in Radomsko where several pieces of its glassware are exhibited.

She and her family lived in Radomsko, where in 1942, ten thousand Jews were deported to Treblinka, including most of the Fiszman family after her father was killed. Stefanie was smuggled out of the Radomsko ghetto as a very young child and hidden in several places. She was reunited with her mother during the Warsaw uprising. In 1946, after the war, they left Poland for the Displaced Persons Camp in Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1952.

Following a Philadelphia meeting of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, she convened a group of Child Survivors from the N.E. Corridor and organized the first two international conferences of Child Survivors. This led to the formation of the World Federation of Jewish Survivors and their Descendants. There are sixty-four groups throughout the world and there have been twenty-eight annual meetings; the last one with six hundred attendees. She continues to serve as the organization’s President.

In addition, Stefanie is a vice-president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and serves on the Leadership Committee of the Claims Conference, created to obtain material restitution for Holocaust victims. She has served also as Chair of the Yizkor Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Philadelphia, which sponsors the annual Yom Hashoah Remembrance Ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Since the mid seventies, Stefanie has spoken about her eyewitness experiences during the Holocaust to educational and communal institutions, both locally and throughout the United States.

Stefanie has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling.  

She is delighted to be the mother of two sons and a daughter and the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren.

Please join us as we honor the Abington School District with our first annual Excellence in Education Award for their pioneering efforts in the development of internationally recognized Holocaust curriculum and awareness/educational programs for grades 5 through 12.

*A portion of the proceeds is a tax-deductible donation to the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center.

August 14th, 2016

Help Us Skype Holocaust Survivor Programs Into Classrooms

We are 2 weeks into our crowdfunding campaign and we've raised more than $6,000 to Skype programs into schools which are too far for our survivors to travel. That's incredible!! We still have a ways to go so will you help us?

We offer one-of-a-kind Holocaust Survivor and WWII Liberator programs to students who want to learn about the lessons of the Holocaust from those who experienced it. In the last three years alone, our 30 eyewitnesses have reached more than 100,000 students in Greater Philadelphia.

Our Goal:

However, we are geographically constrained to the Greater Philadelphia area and we are increasingly receiving phone calls from schools outside of our program area that we can't reach. Help us build a Skype media center for our speakers to reach these schools and DOUBLE the number of programs and students we educate over the next two years.

Please visit our Generosity fundraiser and donate if you can but more importantly please share this campaign with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. We only have 60 days to accomplish this goal!

2 For 1!

Thanks to several generous supporters, $1 will be ADDED for every $2 dollars donated through October 15th!

Help us make more programs happen. This is the last generation of Holocaust survivors, WWII liberators and eyewitnesses. The clock is ticking and there's no time to waste. Please share and donate today.