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VELVA AND FRED LEVINE: Velva and Fred Levine were inspired to learn about the Holocaust by their good friend and Survivor, Harvey Katz. With Fred’s support Velva began working with the Holocaust Education Center and then they became Founding Members of the Museum in 1996. She has been devoted to the Museum and the Survivors ever since. Seeing the need for HMH to grow, Velva and Fred were delighted to help support the railcar as a powerful symbol of the Holocaust. They are looking forward to the expansion and seeing the young leadership who will carry on telling the Survivors’ stories.
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JUDY MYERS: Judy Myers’ parents, Ruth Schnitzer, of blessed memory, pictured and George Schnitzer, of blessed memory, were Founding Members of HMH. Their volunteerism motivated Judy to become a docent 16 years ago. She did not want her mother’s story as a Survivor lost. As a docent, she is inspired by seeing individuals touched by what they learn on a tour. The dedicated group of HMH volunteers has become family to Judy, especially since her mother’s passing. Judy feels it is important to set an example of the importance of community giving for her children and grandchildren, just as she was taught by her parents. She enjoys the support of her children for her Capital Campaign Planned Gift. Judy continues to work to honor her parents and other Survivors at HMH.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT LAURIE AND DR. MILTON BONIUK: Dr. Milton Boniuk was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1932 and remembers listening to the radio as a child. He saw his father suffer as he learned about the rise of Nazi Germany and its occupation of many European countries, including Poland. His father had left his family, including eight siblings, in the early 1920s and came to Canada His parents met in Montreal and they married and moved to Glace Bay in 1929. Milton and Laurie met in Philadelphia while he was a resident at Wills Eye Hospital, and after additional training was recruited to come to Baylor College of Medicine in 1961. When plans
KISHA AND JASON ITKIN: Kisha and Jason Itkin are people of action. Having lost family members in the Holocaust, Jason believes it is important to “never forget.” Kisha’s family fought against the atrocities of the Holocaust. They want to continue their family legacy at HMH because the Museum “acts” through education and teaching what is right. Kisha and Jason recognize that young people view the world through new eyes and learn through interactivity. In order to inspire future generations to act against hate and bigotry, HMH must provide new state-of- the-art technology to engage students in the purpose and mission of the Museum and tell the Survivors’ stories. RICHARD LEIBMAN: Henia Leibman, of blessed memory, was a child of Survivors. With her husband Richard, they learned together about the Holocaust after they left South Africa in 1977 and arrived in Houston with their three children. They began a journey to build their travel business and discover their family’s history as it related to the Holocaust. Through their research, the Museum became vitally important to them as a family. Richard and Henia were Founding Members of HMH, and Henia was
were made to build the Holocaust Museum, he was approached by Dr. Barry Hyman to contribute, and theBoniuks generously funded the Boniuk Library. While serving on the Board of Trustees, Dr. Boniuk was impressed by the large number of children attending the Museum, but felt that visits by the family unit would be more productive. The Boniuks would like HMH to encourage visits by religious groups that would conduct a service, visit the Museum, and enjoy a meal together. They are very impressed with the quality of other programs that HMH has developed.
SANDRA WEINER: Sandra Weiner began talking about a Holocaust exhibit in the early 1990s. A committee, led by Sandra and Martin Fein, was formed to envision how to go about creating the exhibit. As their ideas formed, the committee became aware of the importance of having a place where school children could visit and have classes to learn about the Holocaust. They became eager to create a place where they could tell the non-Jewish Houston community about
a Founding Board Member. It is important to Richard that, through his gift to the Capital Campaign, Henia will be remembered and their three children and seven grandchildren will never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust and how it affected their family. It is rewarding for Richard to see young people tour theMuseum as education is vital, and that is why he would like to grow the Henia Leibman Fund to enable the education of more Houston-based teachers at Yad Vashem in Israel.
the Holocaust. The committee began looking for a place to build and they hired exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum to tell the very personal stories of Holocaust Survivors in the Houston area. Sandra is excited that the new Museum will have four classrooms which will enable more than triple the number of students to visit the Museum. She would love to see HMH offer an educational trip to Israel for people to learn more about the Holocaust.
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