8/3/2006
 
Houston’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor to Celebrate 100th Birthday
 

HOUSTON, TX (Aug. 1, 2006) Riva Kremer, the Houston area’s oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006 in special ceremonies at Holocaust Museum Houston.

Kremer’s birthday celebration will be open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Museum, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is free.

Kremer was born Aug. 12, 1906, and spent much of her early life in Grodno, Poland, where her husband ran a dry cleaning business. When the Nazis overran Grodno in the summer of 1941, Kremer – then 36 – was sent to Treblinka, one of the most notorious Nazi death camps. Her husband and son were immediately sent to the gas chambers, but Kremer and her daughter, Linda, were pulled aside and survived.

Kremer and her daughter were sent as slave laborers to the camp of Majdanek, where they sorted clothing and other belongings stripped from Jewish victims. After Majdanek, they endured horrific conditions at camps at Trawniki, Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz.

After escaping near death in camps throughout Poland and Germany, Kremer and her daughter were sent to Theresienstadt, a ghetto and transit camp in Czechoslovakia. Allied troops liberated them on May 8, 1945.

They arrived in the United States in 1951 and lived in New York for a while, but Kremer’s daughter married Morris Penn, a survivor she had met earlier in Austria, and the couple settled in Texas, establishing dry goods businesses in Newgulf, League City and LaMarque.

In 1965, the Penns moved to Houston, and Kremer joined them. She now resides in the Meyerland/South Post Oak area. Her daughter is deceased.

Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX, 77004.

For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

 
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Houston, TX 77004-6804
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Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

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The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


The Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Library is closed Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

Effective April 15, 2014, admission rates for Holocaust Museum Houston will change. Please note the new rates:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 25, 2015), D-Day (June 6, 2015), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2014) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2015).

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