60 years of Holocaust awareness and education

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center on Sunday afternoon celebrated its 60th anniversary and held a grand reopening for its new location.

HAMEC moved in August 2020 from KleinLIfe to Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, in Elkins Park.

Opened in 1961, it’s believed to be the first Holocaust museum in the United States.

“Because hate never takes a vacation, neither can we,” said Chuck Feldman, HAMEC president.

Among those in attendance were three Holocaust survivors: Dave Tuck, Ruth Hartz and Ronnie Breslow, who each share their stories dozens of times a year, reaching thousands of people annually.

State Rep. Ben Sanchez read a citation for the museum. Other elected officials in attendance included state Rep. Ed Neilson, U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean and Montgomery County Commissioner (and U.S. Senate candidate) Val Arkoosh. Feldman read remarks from U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle. ••