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Wyncote, Pennsylvania 19095
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Holocaust Educator
Deanne Scherlis Comer
received a B.S. in Education from Temple University and has pursued graduate work in Humanistic Education. She served as an assistant coordinator for the First International Conference on Teaching the Holocaust held in Philadelphia in 1974 and as a trainer for the World of Difference Program of the Anti-Defamation League. Deanne taught for twenty five years in the Abington, Pennsylvania School District , where she chaired the Holocaust Education Curriculum Committee. She is a member of the PA Holocaust Education Council, has lectured extensively on teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and has received numerous awards for her innovative work. Within Pennsylvania these include the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Council Janusz Korczak Award for Teaching Excellence, House of Representatives and Senatorial Citations, and the Inter-Group Harmony Award from the Human Relations Council of Montgomery County. She is the writer/ director of the DVD series: Voices of Holocaust History.
Survivor / Speaker
Ruth Kapp Hartz
is a graduate of the University of Paris ( Sorbonne.) After having survived the horrors of World War II in France, she emigrated to the US in 1958. She taught French for over thirty years in Pennsylvania at the Springside School, Bryn Mawr College and Arcadia University. She is a member of the PA Holocaust Education Council, the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the Alliance Francaise. Ruth was the recipient of the Legion of Honor from the Chapel of Four Chaplains of Philadelphia in recognition of her outstanding service to Bryn Mawr College as well as other awards for her contributions to Holocaust Education both in Pennsylvania and nationally. She is the subject of the book: Your Name is Renée: by Stacy Cretzmeyer, the author of A Legacy of Goodness: the story of her French Rescuers during World War II.


  • “If I were to pick a role model, it would be you.”

  • “I knew very little about the Holocaust before your visit to our school. You taught me so much…especially about the Kindertransport and what happened to you when you were only a child, alone.”

  • “Less and less people aren’t learning the cruelty of what happened in that horrible time. Luckily, my classmates and I were fortunate enough to hear you speak.  Your story made us laugh and cry… learn and much more.”

  • “Thank you for telling your life story of hiding. Your explanation taught me a lot about the Holocaust.”

  • “It was interesting to hear about the St. Louis and how it was rejected by so many countries. It amazes me how you got to the United States after so many hardships.”
  • “I learned a lot about what life was like back when the Holocaust was.”

  • “Thank you for coming to our class. I learned so much but I was most interested in how much you went through as a child.“
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