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Erin Blankenship

Erin BlankenshipErin Blankenship is the Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at the Florida Holocaust Museum located in St. Petersburg. Erin holds a M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a B.A. in Art History from the University of South Florida.

As Curator at the FHM, she has curated numerous exhibitions, including “Courage & Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers,” “Tous Ensemble: Artwork” by Marc Ash, and “Identity Pending” by Aharon Gluska.

Abe Peck

Abraham J. PeckAbraham J. Peck is the Director of the Academic Council for Post-Holocaust Christian, Jewish and Islamic Studies at the University of Southern Maine. He is also a member of the history department at the University and scholar-in-residence of the Judaica collection of the Sampson Center for Diversity.

Peck is the author or editor of fourteen scholarly volumes and more than 30 scholarly articles. His most recent books (co-edited with Michael Berenbaum) are entitled The Holocaust and History, published in 1998, and issued as a paperback edition in the spring of 2002 by the University of Indiana Press; Our Zero Hour: Germans and Jews after 1945: Family History, Holocaust and New Beginnings (published in German and co-authored with Gottfried Wagner, Fall 2006); and Maine’s Jewish Heritage (co-authored with Jean M. Peck, Arcadia Publishing, 2007).

He is a former advisor to Elie Wiesel, the first chair of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum, and vice-chair of its committee on archives and library. He is also a former vice president of the International Association of Holocaust Organizations.

He is the son of two Holocaust survivors who survived the Lodz Poland ghetto and the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Stutthof, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt.

Peck has far too many major accomplishments and associations to mention herein. He is married to the former Jean Marcus, an author, editor, and native of Portland, Maine. They have two grown children, Abby and Joel, and make their home in Portland.

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