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January 16th, 2017

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.

July 24th

HAMEC mourns the passing of Dr. Paul B. Winkler, leader of Holocaust education in New Jersey

Paul B. Winkler, 79, of Lawrenceville, N.J., the groundbreaking executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education from 1975 to May of this year, and friend of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, died of cancer on Tuesday, July 12, at his home.

We at HAMEC shared a common goal with Dr. Winkler, a passion and a mission to educate all students about the lessons of the Holocaust.

Dr. Winkler led the effort to mandate Holocaust education in New Jersey. As a result of his work, in 1994, New Jersey became the second state, after Illinois, to pass a law requiring Holocaust and genocide education. Through the years, Dr. Winkler remained a guiding force in maintaining New Jersey’s Holocaust curriculum as the standard by which other state Holocaust and genocide curricula would strive to emulate.

HAMEC Media and Marketing Coordinator and lead advocate for Pennsylvania’s Holocaust and Genocide education law, Rhonda Fink-Whitman says, “Dr. Winkler made sure that NJ got it right. When we were creating a similar law in Pennsylvania, we didn’t have to look far. Just across the bridge, over the Delaware River, Dr. Winkler had laid the groundwork for us. He set the bar very high. Although I never met him personally, I was inspired by his work. We are grateful for his contributions.”

Dr. Winkler had a special relationship with other members of our HAMEC team.

“Paul Winkler will long be remembered for his unsurpassed professional and trailblazing contributions towards furthering the causes of justice, inclusion and social consciousness through the teaching of the lessons of the Holocaust. I will always be grateful to have been the recipient of Paul’s warm friendship and will always remember with great respect, his accomplishments and humanity.”
~ Deanne Scherlis Comer, voicesofholocausthistory.com

“I want you to know that your impact on my life and on our work aimed at reducing and combating prejudice has been appreciated. I cannot thank you enough for your friendship, support, and good wishes.” This is a note that was written by Dr. Paul B. Winkler to his staff. This is the Dr. Winkler that we all knew; a soft voice, a smile, and a sense of humor paired with the determination, knowledge and courage to embrace the goodness in life so as to fight the wrong. Paul did this through his work in education. He fostered an atmosphere of cooperation and friendship with everyone he met. He wanted everyone to be happy and treat each other with kindness; a theme he carried throughout his life. He was a man dedicated to people, to life, to Tikun Olam; repairing the world. Paul was a role model, an upstander, using his heart, mind, and hands; passing this on to all he met; we, the beneficiaries of his guidance. His wisdom, passion, and tireless energy showed in his many accomplishments in his life. He was a “giant” in Holocaust education, not only in the state of New Jersey but nationally. Because of Paul, curriculum has been written, a mandate in NJ is set, teachers are teaching students what is important in this world; always to remember. Paul was a man dedicated to life and doing what is right. His heart and soul was larger than life, and now our job is to continue his good work, never to forget!”
~ Paula Mann, M.Ed. NJ Middle School Teacher and Teacher of the Holocaust

Read Dr. Winkler’s entire obit here: http://bit.ly/29ZxBtd

May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.