Ann Klein, originally from Eger, Hungary, was a Holocaust survivor.  She lived a long and eventful life, from the turmoil of WW2 and Auschwitz, to a renewal of life here in the United States. Ann married her childhood sweetheart, Sandor Klein, had 4 children, and celebrated 65 years of marriage just prior to her passing on February 13, 2012.  For many years, she did not speak much about her Holocaust experiences.  In 1996, her personal friend, Mary Kay Tachau, a history professor at the University of Louisville, convinced her that it was time to share her story.  After this initial experience of sharing, through taped interviews, she eventually found the courage and strength to talk about her experiences, regularly visiting classrooms to educate young people about the Holocaust and to teach tolerance and love.  She worked closely with St. Francis of Assisi teacher, Fred Whittaker, and his eighth grade students, who succeeded in 2008 in getting the Kentucky State legislature to pass the Ernie Marx Resolution, which encouraged and supported Holocaust education across the Commonwealth.  With the continued hard work of Fred and his students House Bill 128, The Ann Klein and Fred Gross Holocaust Education Act, was passed in the Kentucky State Senate on March 21, 2018 by unanimous vote.  This bill now requires every public middle and high school in Kentucky to provide instruction on the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

In 2012 Ann’s family set up an education fund through the Community Foundation known as The Ann Klein Memorial Fund for Holocaust Education.  In honor and celebration of this new legislation  Ann’s family invites you to contribute to this important fund which will be used to continue the education of teachers and students in Holocaust and Genocide studies. Over the past few years donations have been used to send Kentucky students to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and, this year, will go towards sending Kentucky teachers to Poland to visit Auschwitz with the group Classroom without Borders.  Let’s keep Ann Klein’s legacy going!

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You may make a secure credit card donation to support the Ann Klein Memorial Fund for Holocaust Education below.

Checks may be made payable to the Community Foundation of Louisville, denoting the Ann Klein Memorial Fund in the memo line. Please mail checks to:

Community Foundation of Louisville
325 W. Main Street, Suite 1110
Louisville, KY 40202
 
The Ann Klein Memorial Fund for Holocause Education is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville.  All contributions represent an irrevocable contribution to The Community Foundation of Louisville and are not refundable.

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Kate Biagi-Rickert
Director of Stewardship
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502.855.6942

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Michael Pfaff
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