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May 20, 2024

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Holocaust Remembrance Day Workshop
on the Holocaust and People with Disabilities

EDISON, NJ – The Alliance Center for Independence (ACI) will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day by hosting a workshop on the Holocaust and People with Disabilities on Tuesday, April 21st. The program will run from 1 pm to 2 pm at ACI’s office on 629 Amboy Avenue, Edison.

This event seeks to remember those with disabilities who died during the Holocaust, while helping to ensure that this never happens again.
Leading the discussion will be Dr. Paul B. Winkler, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

Dr. Walker is one of state’s leading educators on Holocaust/genocide and prejudice reduction. Dr. Paul B. Winkler has been formally involved in Holocaust/genocide education and prejudice reduction education since 1974. This interest began during his youth and was developed, encouraged, and learned from his parents and grandmother through their community involvement. During his teenage and adult years he was involved in social causes as he is today.

His educational activities of over 50 years have included teacher, principal, superintendent, Regional Education Director, New Jersey Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Education for Exceptional Children at the New Jersey Department of Education, and Director of a Teacher Training Center. He has written many articles dealing with Holocaust and genocide education, including articles about “Darfur” published in the NJEA Review 2007 and about Terrorism and 9/11 in 2008. His most recent publication is “Teaching the Unspeakable – The New Jersey Story of Holocaust/Genocide Education.” The book tells of the 30 year history of Holocaust/Genocide education in New Jersey.

He has received numerous awards and citations including the Philip Forman Human Relations award from the American Jewish Committee of Central New Jersey, NJEA Humanitarian Award, the MLK Academy of Leaders Award, the outstanding educator award from ASCD, and numerous legislative acknowledgments from the legislature, and in honor of his 70th birthday and over 50 years in education, his family, friends and colleagues established the Paul B. Winkler Endowment to be awarded to an elementary educator each year.

The Alliance Center for Independence is a nonprofit community-based organization that supports and promotes independent living for people with disabilities. Founded in 1986, ACI is the designated Center for Independent Living for Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties in New Jersey. ACI currently serves more than 6,000 individuals with disabilities and their families. Please visit to learn more.

The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. On a continual basis, the Commission shall survey the status of Holocaust/Genocide Education; design, encourage and promote the implementation of Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; provide programs in New Jersey; and coordinate designated events that will provide appropriate memorialization of the Holocaust on a regular basis throughout the state. The Commission will provide assistance and advice to the public and private schools and will meet with county and local school officials, and other interested public and private organizations, to assist with the study of the Holocaust and genocide.
RSVP to this workshop by contacting:
Luke Koppisch, Deputy Director
732-738-4388 ext. 110

Submitted by Alliance Center for Independence