• May 2013 Volunteer of the Month

    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center recognizes Janet Ettelman as our Volunteer of the Month for May 2013.

    Janet Ettelman is a Holocaust Survivor who has served HMTC for nearly 20 years. She speaks to student groups across Long Island and has become especially beloved by fifth and sixth grade students and teachers, as well as Center Staff. A native of Mannheim, Germany, Janet witnessed the November Pogrom in 1938. Fortunately, she and her father escaped on the last ship out of Italy; her mother and brother via “The Ten Thousand Children.” She feels fortunate to have the United States as her “new home.”

    In the US, Janet pursued a career in education; she taught English and Social Studies. Upon retiring in 1995, “I had been teaching about the Holocaust and as a survivor was very eager to participate as a volunteer [at the Holocaust Center.] The Center has been an extremely important part of my life since that time. When I speak to school groups about my personal experiences in Germany and see the reaction of the students, it makes me…recognize that passing on my story is indeed an important tool for this next generation…” Janet believes strongly in encouraging young people to be upstanders. Without people like Janet, the Center’s same message would be much more difficult to share.