HOUSTON, TX (Nov. 7, 2011) – The family of Holocaust survivors Anna and the late Emil Steinberger has made a generous donation of $100,000 to Holocaust Museum Houston to rename the Museum’s Classroom B in their honor.
Anna Steinberger, center, with daughter Inette and son-in-law Joshua Brown outside the Anna and Emil Steinberger Classroom at Holocaust Museum Houston.
The gift was given by the Steinbergers’ daughter and her husband, Inette and Joshua Brown of Dallas.
"It is hard for me to find the right words to express my deepest gratitude to Inette and Joshua for honoring Emil and me in such a meaningful way,” Anna Steinberger said during a recent unveiling of the dedication plaque. Their generous donation to Holocaust Museum Houston will help advance its educational programs that influence thousands of museum visitors not to be passive bystanders to injustice but to stand up for what is right.
“Being educators and survivors of the greatest injustice experienced by the Jewish people in the 20th century, these programs have been always of utmost importance to me and Emil,” she said. “He too would have been a very happy and proud parent. To have 'nachys' from your children is every parent's dream. So I thank Inette and Josh from the bottom of my heart for this huge honor, as well as Holocaust Museum Houston and its dedicated staff for doing such a great job in fulfilling the museum's mission."
Susan Myers, the museum’s executive director, said the gift “was just an incredible surprise and will make a tremendous impact on our ability to continue to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy to the hundreds of school children who come to our classroom each year.”
Anna was 11 when Germany attacked Poland in September 1939. She and her family fled to Soviet-occupied Poland but were later sent to the Soviet Union and then to the Kazakh Republic, where she met Emil and his family. Emil came to the United States in 1948, and Anna and her family followed a year later. They married in December 1950 and moved to Houston in 1971. Emil died in 2008.
Anna is a former chair of the Museum’s Docent Committee and is a member of the Museum’s Advisory Board, Education Committee and Collections Committee. Emil also was a vital part of the Museum family, attending most programs and even giving a lecture about one of the three books he wrote that paralleled his life as a survivor of the Holocaust.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center 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 the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.