"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)

Walk-A-Thon to celebrate Museum's 50th Anniversary


50th Anniversary Walk-A-Thon / Sunday, August 7, 2011

1453 Levick Street to the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center by Yaakov Riz in the basement of his Oxford Circle home, we will walk the 6.3 miles from the former Riz home at Castor and Levick Streets to our current museum location at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Avenue. Those who choose to walk shorter distances will join us 5 miles out at the intersection of Castor and Bustleton Avenues. Others who prefer to walk only a mile will join us at the intersection of Bustleton and Haldeman Avenues. A reception for all walkers, volunteers and survivors will follow at the Klein JCC from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend and still want to participate, you can pledge to support Iona Riz, Yaakov Riz's daughter, who will be walking the entire route. To pledge, call 215-464-4701 or pledge online

Download the Registration and Pledge Form and break out those walking shoes and tell your friends!

Please return the Registration form with your requested t-shirt size by as soon as possible to the Holocaust Awareness Museum.

Please bring the Sponsorship form the day of the walk.

Auschwitz Sign Theft: Swedish Man Jailed

This is verbatim of the article from the BBC News on December 30, 2010. The link may no longer be available.

A Polish judge has jailed a Swedish man for two years and eight months for plotting the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" Auschwitz entrance sign.

Anders Hoegstroem, a former neo-Nazi leader, admitted theft under a plea bargain last month and will be moved to Sweden to serve his sentence.

The infamous sign was stolen in December last year and recovered in three pieces three days later.

The judge in Krakow also jailed two Poles for up to two-and-a-half years.

One of the pair, named as Andrzej S, apologised in court for the offence, Polish media report.

The 5m (16ft) wrought-iron slogan which translates as "Work sets you free" is a potent symbol of many of the Nazi-era atrocities. During the Nazi Holocaust, 1.1 million people - most of them Jews - were murdered at Auschwitz.

The sign has since been repaired although it now hangs in the Auschwitz museum and has been replaced by a replica at the entrance to the former death camp.

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