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Poland Personally: Exhibit Opening & Reception with Howard Chandler

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Free and open to the public

Classrooms Without Borders proudly presents an original exhibit for the 2017 Poland Personally Study Seminar. This exhibit will highlight the experiences of educators and students, illuminating the personal impact of this life-changing time abroad. 

Meet/Re-unite with our friend and mentor, Howard Chandler! 

Howard Chandler is a Holocaust survivor from Poland. He travels with CWB to Poland and provides first-hand testimony of the atrocities he endured in the places where they happened. He shares his story with our teachers and students in order to educate and inspire our future generations to champion human rights and stand up against discrimination and bigotry- precursors of genocide.

About Howard:

Born in Starachowiche-Wierbznik, Howard Chandler had a peaceful childhood with his family in their small Polish village. However, when Chandler was approximatly 13 years old, the Nazi invasion changed his life forever. Three of his family members were immediately sent to their deaths at Treblinka: his mother and sister, as well as his younger brother who was betrayed by a family that had promised to keep him as their own. Chandler, his older brother and father were put to work in Nazi factories, making ammunition for the German military. During the war, Chandler survived multiple concentration camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau. Despite the terror, danger and powerlessness he faced, Chandler never lost his optimism or his trust in the goodness of mankind. Today, he continues to share his incredible story of resilience, forgiveness and joy with educators and students around the world. In addition to speaking in schools and academic institutions, Chandler makes regular pilgrimages to the very places he was once imprisoned, so that future generations can learn to not repeat the past.

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of Classrooms Without Borders. For questions or to make requests for special accommodations contact robin@classroomswithoutborders.org