Wherever you are, our Survivors and Liberators can address your school, congregation or civic group.

Through Skype in the Classroom, in cooperation with Microsoft, or in person, we can bring the latest in Holocaust education to you.  Contact us at info@hamec.org or 215-464-4701.th

Hate never takes a vacation and neither do we.

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Join us for this global event on January 27.

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Be a part of this global event on January 27:
The International Day of Commemoration
in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Who Will Write Our History is a story of resistance.
It is a story about who gets to tell the story.
It is about a group of spiritual resistors who risked their lives so that the truth would survive, even if they did not.
Around the world, thousands of people will join together for this global film event.
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Who Will Write Our History (Film: 95 min.)
Sunday, January 27th, 2019
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Gratz College
$10 in advance; $15 at the door; teens are free
Act 48 credit available
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Tentative Schedule
11:45 am: Doors Open
12:30 pm: Introductory Remarks by Josey Fisher
Director, Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive
1:00 pm: Film Screening
2:50 – 3:50 pm: Facebook LIVE discussion with
Author Samuel Kassow
Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg
Director Roberta Grossman

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Who Will Write Our History

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A Film by Roberta Grossman
Featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen
and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody

 

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In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

 

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This program is brought to you by

The Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia

Gratz College

The Holocaust Awareness Museum & Education Center

Jewish Community Relations Council of

the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation

Click for website for film.

Click for trailer.

Click for flip book.

Barbara Nussbaum, Greater Philadelphia Section, NCJW, to speak at Educators Luncheon

Save The Date

Thursday, May 2, 2019

11:00 a.m.

Holocaust Awareness Museum

 and Education Center

Educators’ Luncheon

Philmont Country Club

301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA

Please join us as we honor 

National Council of Jewish Women – 

Greater Philadelphia Section

with our third annual

 Excellence in Education Award

in recognition of the exceptional advocacy, leadership, and dedication of NCJW members to promoting the field of Holocaust studies and education, which advance the values and mission of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center

The National Council of Jewish Women is a non-denominational, volunteer-based organization that works toward social justice, improving the quality of life for families, children and women based upon principles of Judaism. NCJW promotes individual rights and freedoms

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Barbara Nussbaum, NCJW – Greater Philadelphia Section’s President will be our guest speaker. 

Couvert – $50/person

For additional information contact Shelley Rappaport, Program Director, Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center – shelley@hamec.org or 215.464.4701

Lancaster students visit our museum when government shut down stops their trip to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Click for report from Philly.com.

#TBT That day in 2013 when United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was closed due to the federal government being shut down… And we came to the rescue of 130 students from Lancaster High School to learn about the Holocaust.

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

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Klara Vinokur passed peacefully on December 23, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

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

Afterwards, became a teacher and taught in Kiev. She provided leadership in the building of a monument in 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, Jenkintown, PA). 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

Art stolen by the Nazis is still missing. Here’s how we can recover it.


“Monuments Man” James Rorimer, with notepad, supervises U.S. soldiers as they carry paintings down the steps of the castle in Neuschwanstein, Germany, in May 1945. (AP)
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Stuart E. Eizenstat was under secretary of state and special representative of the president and secretary of state on Holocaust-era issues in the Clinton administration and is expert adviser to the State Department on Holocaust-era issues in the Trump administration.

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During World War II, the Nazis looted some 600,000 paintings from Jews, at least 100,000 of which are still missing. The looting was not only designed to enrich the Third Reich but also integral to the Holocaust’s goal of eliminating all vestiges of Jewish identity and culture. The Allies warned neutral nations in the 1943 London Declaration against trafficking in Nazi-looted art. Art experts, the storied “ Monuments Men ,” were embedded in the liberating U.S. Army. The looted wealth they preserved was returned to the countries where it had been stolen in the expectation that the original owners or their heirs would receive it. That hope was misplaced: Most items were sold or incorporated into public and private collections, lost to their rightful owners.

Decades later, in December 1998, we started to change that. Forty-four countries committed to the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art that I negotiated for identifying, publishing and ultimately restoring the looted art through negotiation. To achieve a consensus, we had to permit nations to act within their own laws, and appealed to their moral conscience to adopt a “just and fair solution.” Many felt these nonbinding principles would be ineffectual. They were wrong, but the lack of legal requirement has created barriers we have yet to fully overcome.

The principles were an overdue but vital first step. Philippe de Montebello, then-head of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, correctly forecast that after the Washington Principles “the art world would never be the same.” During the past 20 years, galleries, dealers and museums began researching paintings that had passed through European hands between 1933 and 1945 to spot suspicious gaps in their provenance or chain of ownership. With the Internet, suspected Nazi-looted art is increasingly being posted on websites. Almost 30,000 works from their collections have been posted by 179 members of the American Alliance of Museums on a portal, a single point of contact for potential claimants to find their Nazi-looted art.

Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain have created advisory commissions to resolve disputed claims. Austria has returned more than 30,000 artworks, books and cultural objects, and Germany has restituted more than 16,000 from its public museums and libraries. Christie’s and Sotheby’s maintain full-time staffs to implement the Washington Principles, and both auction houses decline to deal in art with suspicious Holocaust-era histories. Christie’s has successfully resolved more than 200 claims over the past 20 years. In 2009, the principles were strengthened by the Terezin Declaration, when 46 countries, led by the United States, agreed to extend the Washington Principles to include “public and private institutions” and broaden the meaning of confiscated art to include “forced sales and sales under duress” for Jewish families desperately needing money to escape Nazi Germany.

There have been painful disappointments. Russia and a handful of other European nations that supported the Washington Principles have largely ignored or barely implemented them. Provenance research is a low priority in Europe’s public museums and nonxistent in its private collections; looted art still trades in the European market with little hindrance. Deaccession laws prevent public museums from returning art under any circumstances.

Fortunately, the Washington Principles continue to exert a moral force. With bipartisan support, Congress in 2016 created a unique federal statute of limitations preempting other defenses related to the passage of time and providing six years to file a claim only after a claimant has discovered the identity and location of the artwork. In 2018, Congress passed another law instructing the State Department to report on the restitution record of all 46 countries that endorsed the Terezin Declaration. And in late November, more than 1,000 representatives and stakeholders from more than 10 countries gathered in Berlin for three days to measure our progress after 20 years and chart a road map for next steps. The Trump administration sent Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Thomas Yazdgerdi and me to recommit to the international effort to return these personal and cultural treasures to the families to which they belong. We know this is the work of more than any single administration, indeed more than any single generation.

France has just given the prime minister’s office new authority to resolve claims and facilitate restitution. Cooperation has begun between major German and American museums. Germany has significantly increased funding for provenance research and set a goal to complete a comprehensive database of its federal museums by 2020. Germany will no longer permit its federal museums to block claims for restitution simply by refusing to participate in mediation. Germany and France announced initiatives to review art taken from their former colonies, and the European Parliament is considering legislation to endorse the Washington Principles and develop rules for cultural objects stolen in future conflicts.

No self-respecting government, art dealer, private collector, museum or auction house should trade in or possess art stolen by the Nazis. We must all recommit to faithfully implementing the Washington Principles before Holocaust survivors breathe their last breath. We owe it not only to those who lost so much in the Holocaust but also to our own sense of moral justice.