"Anyone can go to the Holocaust museum [in Washington DC] but not everyone gets this experience." ~A. Speitel (student, 17)
If you are interested in any of our programs, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Museum is busiest between March and June so we encourage you to schedule a program at least one month in advance.
Our Educational Programs serve the five county area of Greater Philadelphia. In the 2012/2013 academic year, we reached 35,000 students and adults at 270 schools (public, private, and parochial), organizations and events. We offer a variety of educational programs, including eyewitness testimonies, personal interactions with eyewitnesses, two live theater performances, and docent led museum tours.
The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supported by grants and the generous donations from individuals and schools. Help us to continue to support your Holocaust Education program – donations in any amount are gratefully accepted. Please inquire regarding recommended donations for particular programs.
Witness to History - Survivor Presentation: Our Witness to History Project - Survivor Presentations provide the opportunity for students to hear a survivor's or liberator's testimony first hand. Survivors and liberators as eyewitnesses to the Holocaust are the richest and best way to educate our youth to emphasize the message that racial, ethnic, and religious hatred are social poisons that affect individual people and families and communities.
This program lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes and includes a question and answer session, allowing the audience to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the speaker. A Museum Educator accompanies the speaker and provides background on Holocaust history as it relates to the speaker and facilitates the question and answer session.
A personal presentation of images relating to the specific speaker is included in the presentation. These are not graphic in any nature and are appropriate for a wide range of audiences.
This program can be hosted at a venue of your choice or at the Museum and can be tailored to a degree to meet specific requests of teachers.
Anne Frank Theater Project: The Anne Frank Theater Project is made up of two professional live theater performances. The Diary of Anne Frank is a 45 minute adaptation of the Broadway play The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Lida Stein and the Righteous Gentile is a 50 minute play that follows “ordinary” people from “ordinary” families caught up in the extraordinary political and social upheaval of the Nazi era. Following each performance a dialogue is facilitated by an Education Staff member focusing on tolerance and diversity, consequences, and cultural competence.
Witness to History Project - Student Presentations: The Witness To History Project is designed to further the message and lessons of the Holocaust by direct interaction between students or interested adults and Holocaust survivors. Participants "adopt" a survivor by learning his or her unique account of via listening to the survivor tell his/her story, asking questions, writing a biography, reviewing a videotape, and memorizing and re-telling the story to others. Ultimately, the participant will have the lifelong job of educating others about the Holocaust by sharing this personal narrative, an imperative task now that our survivors are aging and in failing health.
View our Witness to History Project - Student Presentations
Our Museum is also open for tours for individuals, families, and classes during the week and we request that you contact us beforehand to set up an appointment.
Hal Kessler, our Education Director Emeritus, presents to students at our Museum. (If this video does not load, Click Here to view it at Vimeo)