"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)

Archive - 2012

Date

October 10th

A Hidden French Child of the Holocaust revisits her rescuers.

A Hidden French Child of the Holocaust revisits her rescuers.

By Ruth K. Hartz

French President Francois Hollande gave a very moving speech in Paris on July 22, 2012 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first round up of Jews in 1942 at the Vel d’Hiv, a bicycle stadium in Paris. On July 16, 1942 early in the morning 13,152 men, women and children were arrested by French Police in their homes, taken to the stadium from where they were taken to internment camps near Paris and deported to Auschwitz Birkenau where they were murdered solely for being Jewish. I would have been one of those children.

At that time I was just five years old and found myself with my parents in the village of Arthes near Albi in Southern France under the Vichy collaborationist government of Philippe Petain and his Prime Minister Pierre Laval. We were helped by two local families in the village who took extraordinary risks in protecting us. Towards the end of the war I was sent to a convent where the Mother Superior hid about 10 Jewish children. My memoir “Your Name Is Renee”, written in the voice of the child that I was then details my story during that time.

February 15th

Tibor Rubin, Medal of Honor recipient and Holocaust survivor

Corporal Tibor Rubin covered the withdrawal of his unit against a superior enemy force on October 30, 1950, and helped his fellow POWs survive while imprisoned in Korea from 1950 to 1953. He is also a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 23, 2005, after a review of the military records of Jewish-American veterans whose heroism might have been overlooked.

February 7th

Documentary Screening of "To Save A Life"

  • When: Saturday, March 17th, 2012
  • Where: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $9 for Museum members, $10 for general public
  • RSVP to Phil at the Holocaust Awareness Museum at
    215-464-4701 or
    holocaustawarenessmuseum@gmail.com

The Holocaust Awareness Museum presents a Museum member discount at a Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival event:

In the spring of 1939, a Philadelphia Jewish lawyer and his wife embarked on a bold plan to rescue 50 children from Nazi-controlled Vienna. In the face of America’s strict immigration laws and deteriorating conditions in Europe, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus traveled into the heart of the Nazi empire – and created an enduring legacy. To Save A Life tells the gripping story of two ordinary individuals who rose to the challenge of becoming extraordinary heroes.

Kurt Herman (pictured), one of the children rescued and an active Holocaust speaker, will also be in attendance

Post-screening discussion with Carol Saline and Director Steven Pressman

RSVP to Phil at the Holocaust Awareness Museum at 215-464-4701 or holocaustawarenessmuseum@gmail.com

NOTE: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the film in order to meet the Museum representative and for you to receive the discount.