AUGUSTA – The Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine has received another $25,000 gift to its capital campaign to build an educational facility.

Judith Magyar Isaacson’s gift is in memory of her parents. Her father, Jen Magyar, perished in Mhldorf Lager, a satellite camp of Buchenwald, shortly before his 45th birthday. Her mother, Rose Magyar, died in Auburn in 1999.

The gift will fund the equipment for the resource room of the Education Resource Center. The facility will be built as an addition to the Bennett D. Katz Library on the University of Maine at Augusta campus.

Isaacson of Auburn, author of “Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor,” is one of two Maine women to be honored this year with a place in the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.

Isaacson graduated from Bates College in 1965 with a bachelor’s in mathematics. She earned a master’s in mathematics from Bowdoin College. She holds honorary doctorates from Bates and Colby college and the University of New England. Isaacson served as dean of women and dean of students at Bates from 1969 to 1977 and as a member of the Bowdoin College board of overseers from 1984 to 1996.

The education center will be named in memory of Michael Klahr, who was a child survivor of the Holocaust. Maine native Phyllis Jalbert has given the Holocaust center a gift to honor Klahr, her husband, who died from cancer in 1998.

For more information, contact the Holocaust center at 993-2620 or at [email protected]


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