Author attends ceremonial bill signing in Oregon!

Governor Kate Brown makes Oregon the 11th state to mandate Holocaust education in the nation on 7/15/19. For her guidance and support of this team and this bill, 94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman gets a gubernatorial invitation and is honored and delighted to attend! (See more pics and give us a like at our 94 Maidens Facebook page.)

Governor Kate Brown signs Oregon’s Holocaust education mandate into law!
Author Rhonda Fink-Whitman with Governor Kate Brown and the signed bill on the table in front of them
From left: Senator Rob Wagner, Author Rhonda Fink-Whitman, Governor Kate Brown, Rep. Janeen Sollman, and representatives of the Oregon Jewish Museum
Our super girl advocate that got it done! 14-year-old Claire Sarnowski!
The champion of our bill, Senator Rob Wagner gives Rhonda one of the pens Governor Brown used to sign the bill! A most treasured gift!
Rhonda got to sign too!
The inspiration behind the bill, Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener in blessed memory represented at the signing by his photo and an empty chair
From left: Educator Paula Schafer, Author Rhonda Fink-Whitman, Rep. Janeen Sollman, and our hero, Claire Sarnowski
Claire, Rhonda, and Claire’s wonderful mom, Carol

#FiveStarFriday!

5.0 out of 5 stars94 Maidens- Fascinating!by P. Schafer July 13, 2019 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

“94 Maidens is a fascinating read. The multi-storyline is captivating to understand the different layers of surviving the Holocaust and one family’s journey to uncover the truth about their ancestors’ past. I first learned about 94 Maidens the video from Holocaust survivor, Alter Wiener. This video is a must see for all students. Rhonda Fink-Whitman did an incredible job putting together various mini interviews of students on college campuses asking them what they know about the Holocaust. Shockingly, many were not able to answer basic questions surrounding this time in history. The students who were knowledgable about the Holocaust were educated in states where Holocaust education had been mandated. Fink-Whitman’s book and video are a great combo to use in the classroom. As a middle school teacher (7th grade), I show the 94 Maidens video before our Holocaust/WWII unit-every year, and my students cannot believe college kids aren’t very familiar with the Holocaust. This video is the best starting point to dive into this important topic. At the end of our unit, I show 94 Maidens again and it’s amazing to see my students vying to answer these questions with their new found knowledge. They feel empowered with their newly acquired learning of the Holocaust. 94 Maidens is a good story to bring Holocaust learning to life. As students read these historical stories, I used the book 94 Maidens for examples of: Multiple plot lines, suspense, character development, flashbacks, creating descriptive scenes in the reader’s mind, etc. I applaud Rhonda Fink-Whitman for her continuous work to help bring Holocaust and genocide studies to all states. Thank you for writing this book and making the video- it has made a BIG difference in my life and my students’ as well!”

Wow! Thank you so much, P. Schafer!! This review is outstanding! I am so glad that you are able to use both the book and The Mandate Video in your classroom so successfully! Empowering students is exactly why I wrote 94 Maidens and why I made the video! I’m also so excited that you are able to use the book as an example of writing styles for the students! You sound like an amazingly creative educator who is changing lives by enlightening kids in a variety of important ways. Thank you for using my work in your classroom and for writing such an heartfelt and comprehensivly glowing five-star review and for your vital part in helping the cause of Holocaust education! You are one teacher who is undoubtedly making a difference! xoxo

Author Celebrates with Team in Texas!

Author Celebrates Mandate with Team in Texas (Part II)

#94Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman speaks at the program honoring Senator José Menéndez and four ladies in a car for making #Texas the 12th state to mandate #Holocaust #education on 6/30/19. (Part II)

Posted by 94 Maidens on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman speaks at the program honoring Senator José Menéndez and four ladies in a car for making Texas the 12th state to mandate Holocaust education on 6/30/19. (Part II)

Author Celebrates with Team in Texas!

Author Celebrates Mandate with Team in Texas

#94Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman speaks at the program honoring Senator José Menéndez and four ladies in a car for making #Texas the 12th state to mandate #Holocaust #education on 6/30/19. (Part I)

Posted by 94 Maidens on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman speaks at the program honoring Senator José Menéndez and four ladies in a car for making Texas the 12th state to mandate Holocaust education on 6/30/19. (Part I)