By Shiri Sandler, Former AJC U.S. Director

After ten years with the Auschwitz Jewish Center and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, my last day was December 7. I have loved working with the AJC. I’ve worked with hundreds of students who have touched my heart and taught me so much about memory, history, and ethics. I’ve been honored to tell the stories of Holocaust victims and survivors, to curate an exhibition about Oświęcim that is now traveling the world, and to come to know so many of you and be trusted with your family histories.

I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished in ten years: expanded the American Service Academies Program (above, in 2013) and AJC Fellows Program, opened new opportunities like the PSA and police programs, and built Café Bergson in the rehabilitated Kluger House. I’ve been lucky to be in this position and work with such talented colleagues; anyone would be lucky to love their job in the way I have. Thank you for your support these past ten years.

I’ve been honored to work with you. Personally, this has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I won’t be going far, and I look forward to seeing all of you in the AJC family again soon.

The Auschwitz Jewish Center is operated by the Museum in Oświęcim, Poland. For additional blog entries by and about the Auschwitz Jewish Center, please visit All Fall 2016 newsletter articles are found here.