• Workshop: Voice and the Voiceless – Analyzing Holocaust Artifacts to Uncover Individual Stories

    Voice and the Voiceless: 
    Analyzing Holocaust Artifacts to
    Uncover Individual Stories

    A Long Island Writing Project

    facilitated by Victoria Alessi 

    Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. 

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center 
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road
    Glen Cove, NY 

    After examining and discussing the historical significance of Holocaust artifacts, artwork, and literature, participants will respond to the presentation through their own writing as they explore feelings, perspectives and emotions connected to the Holocaust. Participants will also explore, through written response and discussion, how stories, artwork and artifacts illuminate the diversity of human experience.

    There is no fee to attend this workshop.

    The Long Island Writing Project (LIWP) comprises teachers from kindergarten through university. Workshop leaders are outstanding educators from different grade levels and disciplines in local schools. LIWP is an official site of the National Writing Project. Through their work with teachers in Nassau and Western Suffolk counties, they seek to improve writing, reading and learning in area schools.

    For more information contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at (516) 571-8040.

  • Tell HMTC About Young People Who Are Making a Difference!

    Tell HMTC About Young People Who Are Making a Difference!


    by Tracy Garrison- Feinberg

    This week we’ve been receiving applications for the 2016 Claire Friedlander Upstander Award, and it’s wonderful to see young people from all over Long Island working to make their communities better in so many different ways. That’s why we take the time to honor a few of these students each year with a $2,500 scholarship, why we try to feature at least one student each month in this blog as Upstander of the Month, and why I’m  thrilled that Newsday is giving us examples on a regular basis of “Students to Watch.”

    Too often we read about negative images of teenagers in our world today: they’re apathetic, they’re only concerned with themselves and their technology, they have no concept of history. The students I see in our education programs prove these stereotypes false every single day. I see young people who are connected, passionate and compassionate, and their stories inspire me daily.

    At HMTC, we teach young people that standing up for others is the best way to stand up against bigotry, hatred or intolerance of any kind. We promote the idea of the “Upstander,” which two New Jersey students felt was so important that they started a campaign to add the word “upstander” to the Oxford English Dictionary. And I know that students across Long Island, in every community, have similar stories of standing up. We want to hear them and share their examples!

    Please be in touch with us about inspiring young people, and watch this space! You’ll see their stories in this blog and later this spring we’ll announce the 2016 Friedlander Upstander Scholars. I look forward to celebrating more Long Island inspiring students!

    Tracy Garrison-Feinberg is director of the Claire Friedlander Education Institute at HMTC. You can contact Tracy at tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org. 

  • My Sister’s Historical Moment

    I am so proud to tell everyone that my sister Flora M. Singer is the first Holocaust Survivor in the U.S.A. to have a public school named in her honor. The ceremony took place on June 10, 2013 in Silver Spring Maryland at the school and Eli Rosenbaum spoke along with other dignitaries.

    My sister Flora was a remarkable woman.  She was born in Antwerp, Belgium and our childhood was filled with family get-togethers, visits with friends and going to school. It all came to a frightening end in May of 1940 when World War II entered into Belgium.  After surviving the Holocaust, she came to the United States in 1946 where she learned English, worked to help support our family and eventually married and had children.

    After her children grew older, she completed her GED and graduated from the Master’s Program at the University of Maryland with honors.  She taught French and German in various Montgomery County Public Schools. Her most notable accomplishment was that she instituted Holocaust studies at the high school level.  During the summer months, she taught teachers Holocaust studies that they received credit for and prepared them to teach about the Holocaust in their respective schools.

    My sister and I are founding members of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and she became an official spokesperson.  She gave tours to many important people and collected lots of money for the Museum.  Flora spoke at the White House and we spoke together in Congress.  In addition, she traveled to military installations all over the United States to speak to soldiers about the Holocaust.

    In September 2009, the Montgomery County Board of Education made the decision to build a new elementary school in response to overcrowding at the Oakland Terrace Elementary School.  This school is the latest in a budgeted plan to ensure that Montgomery County, Maryland sustains its national leadership position in education, supporting its high-achieving students, professional educators and administration while offering world-class facilities. I am not surprised that they chose to honor my sister by naming this new school for her.

    My sister believed in the importance of education and the importance of human tolerance.  She was so full of enthusiasm, she had an uplifting spirit and an infectious smile.  The school even celebrated their first Flora Singer Day which will be an annual event.

    I am very proud of my sister Flora. The dedication ceremony was wonderful!

    Charlotte Gillman is a Holocaust Survivor and a committed volunteer for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County