"It was cool to have a chance to listen to a real person speak about what he went through during the Holocaust. He was the most credible source that we could have. I learned a lot more through his pictures and stories." ~ Boys Latin Charter School student

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March 30th, 2015

Leon Bass, Holocaust liberator and educator, dies at age 90

From the Philadelphia Inquirer
March 30, 2015

Leon Bass, Holocaust liberator and educator, dies at age 90

As a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier in the all-black 183d Combat Engineers Battalion, Leon Bass arrived at the Nazis’ Buchenwald extermination camp just one day after it had been liberated in April 1945.

Bass saw the living skeletons of those who survived. The camp reeked of burned human flesh. The torture chambers were still covered in blood.

After the war, Bass left the Army as a sergeant, returned to Philadelphia, and eventually became principal of Benjamin Franklin High School. He earned a doctorate in education from Temple University.

He somehow put the horrors of Buchenwald behind him for 23 years.
But in 1968, a woman who survived the Holocaust spoke to his Benjamin Franklin students, who were less than attentive. Suddenly, Bass ordered the students to listen, telling them he also had seen the horrors the woman was describing.

Afterward, the woman thanked him, and later he received a request to speak publicly about what he had seen as a liberator.

Mr. Bass, 90, who died Saturday at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pa., where he had lived for 17 years, continued to speak out decade after decade, regularly appearing at Holocaust remembrance events honoring survivors and liberators.

“The last time he spoke was in October in Washington,” said his daughter, Delia Bass-Dandridge. “He was pretty remarkable.”

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March 26th

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Scholar's Luncheon


Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Philmont Country Club

301 Tomlinson Road * Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Speaker: DR. LISA KIRSCHENBAUM

"Trauma, Resilience, and the Memory of the Siege of Leningrad"

Dr. Lisa Kirschenbaum is a professor of history at West Chester University. She writes and teaches about modern Russia and the Soviet Union; war and memory; international communism; and gender in modern Europe. She has authored two books: Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 and The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1945: Myth, Memories, and Monuments.

Cost: $50 includes lunch and Dr. Kirschenbaum's presentation.

December 17th, 2014

Museum mourns the loss of Kurt Herman

The Museum mourns the loss of Kurt Herman, one of our heroes.

Friend, mentor, and loved by all, he will be missed but his legacy continues through the HBO documentary "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus" and the commitment of his family, friends, and students who have promised to carry on his story to reach thousands of young people with his remarkable story.