34th Annual Akron-Summit Holocaust Commemoration and Awards Ceremony

The 34th Annual Akron-Summit Holocaust Commemoration and Awards Ceremony Lessons of the Holocaust: Undeniable Stories of Survival Guest Speaker: Emma Kaufmann Rose, Third Generation Holocaust Survivor and Author of “Saving Six Million: A Holocaust Memoir” was held on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 in the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio.

Donors: 2021

Diamond Level

City of Akron     

Summit County

Platinum Level

Steve Botnick

Marks/Ewing Family Foundation

Rose and Lawrence Schwartz Holocaust education fund

Gold Level

Martin H. Belsky

Randal Lowry

Schwebel Foundation

Stephen Myers- Semantic Foundation

Brian & Margaret Slesnick

Dr. Watershed LLC

Silver Level

The Law Office of Gary Himmel

Magita & Brad Willen

Susan & Terry Yingling

Sid & Shirley Zetzer

Life (Chai) Level

Akron NAACP

Dr. Sally Childs

Trish & Steve Crane

Nora and Seth Glauberman

Rabbi David & Toby Horowitz

Joe & JoEllen Kodish

Jim Levin

Robert Minster

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Regal

Gary & Toby Rosen

Sid & Andrea Steinberger

Bronze Level

Akron Dermatology

Rhea Bateman

Esther & Larry Hexter

Randy & Julie Katz

Live Like Ally Foundation

Councilman Bradley McKitrick

Rick Marks

Dr. & Mrs. Samuel Reiss

Marta Rothal

Mr. & Mrs. Max Rothal

Michael Seider

Mark & Nancy Shapiro

Rochelle Stone

Marvin Shapiro

Charles J. Smith

Friend Level

Dr. & Mrs. Author Benson

Bonnie & Randy Cohen

Alexandra Coon

Nathan & Leora Cohen

Dr. & Mrs. Paul Garfinkle

Jon Golden

Laurel Gress

Rabbi Stephen & Judy Grundfast

Dr. & Mrs. Phil Kades

Matthew L. Klein

Janet & Ken Kretchmer

Steve Kutnick &

Jackie Derrow

Joshua Lemerman

Martin &Joyce Levin

Shammas Mallik

Leona Pollock

Ed & Faye Regal

Vldimir Rothal

Dr. & Mrs. John Sacks

Steve Shechter

Martin & Susan Spector

Deadlines: Akron-Summit Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest

There will be two in person drop off dates February 4th & February 7th from 11am-4pm (Updated 2/4/2022).

Due to the weather and associated closings we will need you to contact us at (234) 200-6241 or  330-643-2510 prior to 4:00pm today February 4th, 2022 if you are planning to drop off entries. The building will be closed after this time if we do not know that you are planning to come.

In an attempt to account for the inclement weather and associated school closures, we are adding additional drop off hours of 11:00am to 4:00pm on Monday February 7th, 2022. 

However, if your students need more time, as we have had multiple inclement weather days over the past couple weeks, we are extending the contest deadlines as follows:

  • VISUAL ART DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
  • WRITTEN ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, February 11th, 2022

The forms for written entries will remain available online through this date.

If you are unable to come today or Monday and are not submitting online, contact Laura Ralph by Monday, February 7th to arrange for a pick up no later than 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 8th.

Virtual Seminar – Lessons of the Holocaust: Undeniable Stories of Survival

Lessons of the Holocaust: Undeniable Stories of Survival
October 18th, 2021 (4:30-6:00pm)

Keynote Speaker: Bradley Beach, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy (retired)
Walsh University, North Canton, OH

In May of 2021 Brad Beach retired as professor of philosophy at Walsh University. During his academic career he engaged in research in genocide studies, examining the history of genocide from the Armenian genocide to the current escalating repression of the Uyghurs minority by the Chinese government. He has collaborated with a number of genocide scholars, including Professor James Waller, the current director of the Cohen Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and author of Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. Brad participated in the Lilly Foundation Summer Fellows program on genocide entitled: Deliver Us From Evil. His academic experience includes teaching undergraduate courses on Genocide and Mass Murder. He has traveled to northern Uganda to meet with survivors of mass atrocities, examining the consequences of the genocide against the Acholi people. In addition, Brad has traveled in Europe, visiting genocide related sites that included the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. For the past eight years he has served on the board of the Ohio Council for Holocaust and Genocide Education, giving public lectures on genocide. Most recently he was appointed by Governor DeWine to serve on the newly created Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission.

Hosted by the Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education

This event designed for educators but is free and open to the public. During the seminar, information will be shared regarding this year’s Akron-Summit Holocaust & Genocide Arts & Writing Contest

Dr. Beach’s recommended reading lists: Books on Genocide and Books on Genocide (Classroom List)

Akron-Summit Holocaust Commemoration and Awards Ceremony April 6, 2021 at 6 PM

This presentation includes an amazing panel of three speakers. Eva Unterman, Holocaust Survivor, spent most of her childhood in the Lodz Ghetto or in forced labor camps. Her and her family were forced to march in the Death March early in 1945, fortunately her family was liberated in May of 1945. Dr. Henry Knight, Professor Emeritus of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the former Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. He has received many Outstanding Teacher Awards. Phoebe Unterman is the proud granddaughter of Eva Unterman. In 2018 Phoebe was selected to be part of the German-American Fulbright Commission’s Berlin Capital Program for Journalists. The speakers will be moderated by University of Akron professor of law, Martin H. Belsky.

You can still view this virtual ceremony through the link below.

2021 Commemoration and Awards Ceremony

Maltz Musuem-Holocaust Speaker Series

Wednesdays at 11AM
Online Program

Free to attend

In this intimate and meaningful experience, speakers present stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Each presentation is FREE and open to the public. The HHC speaker series is held each Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Zoom. The Holocaust Speaker Series is sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine.

November 18: Ellen Bottner

To register go to: https://www.maltzmuseum.org/event/holocaust-speaker-series-2/