HAMEC’s Annual Auction/Dinner/Fundraiser

A great time for a great cause!
Thanks to all of the folks and dignitaries, including Congressman Brendan Boyle,
PA Lt. Governor Mike Stack, and State Rep. Ed Neilson,
who came out to support the work that we do at the
Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center of Philadelphia.
We couldn’t do it without you!
94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman was honored to receive both Congressional and State recognition for her work facilitating survivor programs! Thanks to US Congressman Brendan Boyle and State Representative Kevin Boyle for the awards and for all that they do to promote Holocaust education!


Harrisburg Kristallnacht Program

We had a wonderful turnout and a really nice time seeing some old friends and meeting precious new ones in Harrisburg this weekend to mark the 77th Anniversary of Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass.   Thanks to everyone who came out to hear 94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman speak and to the Jewish Federation for hosting!  It was a great event!

Watch “The Liberators” Tonight!


A Must See Documentary!

Tonight, November 7 on The History Channel at 10:00 pm EST featuring our friends
Dachau liberator Don Greenbaum and Dachau/Auschwitz survivor Ernie Gross.

We got a sneak preview of this film and it is not to be missed!!!  The History Channel will repeat it so please check your local listings!


Open letter to Harry Hamlin


An open letter to Harry Hamlin and anyone else who thought portraying a Nazi, or a victim of the Holocaust, or wearing a swastika for Halloween was a good idea.

It isn’t. It never has been and it never will be. Understand that. You can apologize until the cows come home but what you are really wearing for all the world to see is not a Halloween costume, it’s your ignorance. Just ask that other Harry, the one in the UK they call “Prince.” Didn’t he demonstrate that lesson a decade ago? No matter who you happen to be, how high on the food chain you think you are, or how many years have passed since Hitler concocted his Final Solution, it’s still not okay.

It’s possible, dear Harry, that at the ripe old age of 64 (Happy Birthday, btw) you may not have known what you were doing when you chose to wear a red T-shirt with a black swastika on it. So, let me school you.

The swastika is not just a symbol of hatred and intolerance, it’s a symbol of systematic mass murder on the grandest of scale. It incarnates pure evil. Eleven million people died because of the ideology behind that symbol. The world went to war because of the fascism it represents. Entire families were either ripped apart or incinerated under flags bearing it. My grandfather was one of six million Jews who perished at the hands of monsters who wore it. Millions more, including my mother, my grandmother and great aunt, Anne Frank, and Father Maximilian Kolbe were imprisoned, starved, and tortured for the sake of it.

It’s not funny, or cute, or “authentic.” It’s morally repugnant.

It’s also hurtful, insensitive, and inciting. You shouldn’t just be “sorry” you bore that repulsive thing on your chest; you should be embarrassed, you should feel ashamed. You should put in some volunteer hours at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. You should visit Yad Vashem or the USHMM. You should learn your history. Not a Jew? Still YOUR history. READ all about WWII and LEARN how many Allied casualties we suffered because of that symbol.

Your behavior further illustrates the desperate need for mandatory Holocaust and Genocide education. A need which grows more urgent with each passing day as the last generation of survivors, liberators and eye-witnesses tells its stories for the very last time. It’s why my 94 Maidens team worked so hard last year to make Pennsylvania the 6th state in the country to enact laws requiring Holocaust and Genocide education and why we are now working with several other states do the same and why a couple of US Congressmen intend to give us a national push. Read my book. Watch my video. Have a tissue handy.

We’ll get there. One stupid Halloween costume at a time.

So, Harry, how about next year being a little more thoughtful with your getup? You’re an actor. “Act” responsibly. Take time to make sure it doesn’t offend, harm, or insult anyone. A little knowledge, planning, and creativity goes a long way. Especially when you’re old enough to know better and the world is your stage. A Hollywood-type ought to know that. And Lisa Rinna, you get no pass. I mean seriously, what self-respecting woman lets her husband leave the house looking like that?

The best advice I have is to educate yourself, teach others. I hope the world is a better, smarter, more sensitive place when I’m 64.


Rhonda Fink-Whitman

Rhonda Fink-Whitman is the author of “94 Maidens,” director, producer and host of “The Mandate Video” on YouTube, and an educator who worked directly with state legislators to enact Pennsylvania’s new Holocaust and Genocide education law, Act 70.

#HolocaustEducation #NeverAgain

3rd Annual Survivor Program at William Tennent High School


Thanks to trail blazing English teacher, Shannon Christine for inviting us for the third year in a row to do a survivor program at William Tennent H.S. in Bucks County, PA!

This year the students had a chance to meet Holocaust survivor, Ronnie Breslow and hear her first hand account of surviving the fateful voyage of the St. Louis!  What a rare educational opportunity for all!  94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman was honored to facilitate the program.



Anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area who is interested in a scheduling either a speaking engagement by the author or a survivor program for their school or organization should contact Rhonda@94maidens.com.


Gold star

5.0 out of 5 stars  “I didn’t just read this book; I devoured it.”  By Jude

“As an avid reader and collector of Holocaust literature, I very much looked forward to receiving “94 Maidens.” The fact that it was a novel based on true events, made me all the more intrigued and anxious to get it. I didn’t just read this book; I devoured it. And, as I do on rare occasions with books I love, when I finished it, I flipped it over and read it again.

From page 1, I was completely hooked. Ms. Fink-Whitman’s well developed descriptions of family members she never got to meet, made me feel as if they were those members of my own family who also perished, before we in America ever got to know them. Her family is mine; mine is hers. Whether they perished in Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, or any of the other hundreds of concentration camps, their ashes are co-mingled; making us all members of the same family.

Whether you lost family in the Holocaust or not, whether you are Jewish or not, this book deserves to be #1 on your “must read” list.”

Thank you so much for your very kind words and that amazing 5-star review on Amazon, Jude! You touched my heart! Welcome to the family! ~ Rhonda

Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center’s 54th Annual Auction and Fundraiser


When:  Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where:  Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Rd, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 19006

Honoring our facilitators and their service to Holocaust Education and celebrating the legacy of our Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center.

$95 individual / $175 per couple

RSVP: Email: info@hamec.org / Call: 215-464-4701

If you want to sit at Rhonda’s table please email her at rhonda@94maidens.com

Always a great time for a great cause!  Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday! To Life! L’Chaim!

Tania 1941 about age 3Happy and Healthy Birthday to “the kid on the cover” of 94 Maidens!

This is a photo of her in 1941 Berlin just before the Nazis turned life for her and her family into a living hell.  She was about 3 years old in this photo and completely unaware that life, as she knew it, was about to change forever.

One of our friends said “her presence is our present” and we couldn’t agree more!
We’ve learned from her that life is truly a gift.
Wishing you many, many, many more happy and healthy birthdays, little one!
To Life!  L’chaim!  We love you!  xoxoxox
Your Family and Friends

Read 94 Maidens to find out what happened to the little girl in the photo and who she is!