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New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education

Gathering of Generations of the Shoah – June 10, 2012
Mercer County Community College

  • Michael Berenbaum - Keynote Speaker
    Holocaust Historian, Author, Lecturer, Teacher, Producer, & Academy Award Winner
  • Michael Rubell – Presenter
    My father, Morris Rubell (of blessed memory) was 9 years old when the Nazis broke into his family’s home.  He watched them torture his father who died in their home a few days later.  By 9 ½, he was in the Krosno Ghetto, where he “celebrated” his 10th birthday.  His 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th birthdays were spent in Plashow, Matthausen, Rzeszov, and Melk Concentration camps, and was liberated one month before his 15th birthday from Ebensee concentration camp.

    Dad loved kids - being with them, talking to them, kibitzing with them.  He would always say it is through the youth that we can keep the Holocaust from happening again.  In the latter years of his life he spoke to students about what he went through so they would know it really happened and so they could learn the lessons of the Holocaust.  He was only 65 when he died in 1995.  And I knew I had to do something with Holocaust education and young people for him.

    Throughout 1996, I spoke with the Holocaust Council of MetroWest and Paul Winkler looking for ideas on what we could do to honor his life and memory.  In 1997 we took our first Morris Rubell Holocaust Remembrance Journey to the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

    To date, we have taken approximately 4,000 students to the Museum and hosted 9 Youth Leadership Seminars.

The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. On a continual basis, the Commission shall survey the status of Holocaust/Genocide Education; design, encourage and promote the implementation of Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; provide programs in New Jersey; and coordinate designated events that will provide appropriate memorialization of the Holocaust on a regular basis throughout the state. The Commission will provide assistance and advice to the public and private schools and will meet with county and local school officials, and other interested public and private organizations, to assist with the study of the Holocaust and genocide.

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Phil Kirschner, Esq.

Lawrence M. Glaser
Executive Director
(609) 376-3968 phone

State of New Jersey
Commission on Holocaust Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 633-8599 fax

The New Jersey Holocaust Commission is an autonomous body operating under its own policies and positions. It acts as a resource to the Department of Education to assist schools with various aspects of meeting the requirements of the mandate to provide Holocaust and genocide education. The commission provides curriculum outlines and suggested activities; identifies and publicizes demonstration sites for other districts to contact; and recommends informational resources and materials for teachers and students to use in the state.

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