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HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AND LIBERATOR TO SPEAK AT THE U.S. ARMY HERITAGE AND EDUCATION CENTER

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Holocaust survivor Edith Vidos and Army Nurse Deborah Pecora will share their experiences as witnesses to the Holocaust at 12:30 PM on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).  Edith, a young Jewish girl living in Hungary, survived years of brutal imprisonment at Ravensbruck and Penig concentration camps.  Deborah, an Army Nurse, participated in the liberation of the Penig and provided medical care to the survivors including Edith Vidos. 

Their presentations are part of a day-long program conducted by facilitators from Echoes and Reflections, a partnership between Yad Vashem, the Shoah Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League to train teachers how to incorporate Holocaust education in the classroom.  The full program runs from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation, the non-profit friends group for USAHEC, is sponsoring the program as an element of its educational mission.

“The Holocaust is part of the Army story,” says the program organizer and the Army Heritage Center Foundation’s Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “American Soldiers were eyewitnesses to the reality of the camps.  They wrote about what they saw in letters, diaries, and memoirs that are part of the USAHEC collection.  The value of this record grows in importance every day as more and more eyewitnesses pass into history.”

The sessions will focus on the book Night, by Elie Wiesel.  Specific topics will include placing the work in the larger historical context and examining some of the major themes of the memoir.  Ms. Vidos and Ms. Pecora will begin their presentations starting at 3:30 PM.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the day’s program.  Certified teachers who attend will receive Act 48 credit.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Jeff Hawks at the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or eddirector@armyheritage.org.

 

About the Army Heritage Center Foundation

 

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016. Known as the Hall of the American Soldier, this expansion added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

 

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

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