Rotary Club of Abington at Edge Hill's Annual Ruth P. McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic at Twining Golf Club.
Save the Date - May 20, 2013
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On July 19, 2012 at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Abington at Edge Hill, which meets at 7:15 AM every Thursday morning at West Avenue Grille in Jenkintown, Ernie Gross, a Holocaust survivor, spoke to members of the Rotary Club as well as guests and community residents about his experience of being taken from his home in Romania, to a ghetto and eventually to a concentration camp, and then to his eventual liberation by American Soldiers. The presentation made possible through the cooperation of the Rotary Club of Abington at Edge Hill and The Holocaust Awareness Museum is the first of several meetings which promotes Rotary’s International Theme this year of “Peace through Service” and the “Witness to History Project” by giving participants a personal account of the horrors of the past. People were weak and survival taught normally generous people to become self centered and selfish in order to keep living. Ernie learned that even cigarette butts were gold in the camps and used to trade with other prisoners for their measly portions of food.
Ernie pulled out some props to show us what he was given to eat and drink and how he and other camp captives survived. In his hand was a plastic cup with a string attached so it could be kept close to the detainee and not lost (which was really an aluminum cup while in the camp). Should the cup be lost, Ernie said, they would get no food because they were not given a replacement. The only other food given, and not much of it was given, were a potato and a loaf of bread which had to be shared with other victims. People were weak and survival taught normally generous people to become self centered and selfish in order to keep living. Ernie learned that even cigarette butts were gold in the camps and used to trade with other prisoners for their measly portions of food.
A “Question and Answer” period followed the presentation and a young student, who accompanied her grandfather to the meeting, asked a question about donations to the museum and then at the end of the meeting offered Ernie $1.00 of her own money to go towards preserving and maintaining the Holocaust Awareness Museum.
The Rotary Club of Abington at Edge Hill hopes to schedule other survivors in the future as well as one of the liberating American soldiers. Special Thanks go out to Ernie Gross, Chuck Feldman (President of the Museum) and to Phil Holtje (Museum Program Director) for their coordination and cooperation to make this program possible.