Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz was a young teenager when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. Forced into a life on the run, his family was separated and he spent the war hiding in a monastery. Upon liberation, Julius was reunited with only two of his family members and restarted his education. Julius graduated from medical school in Poland as a physician and a neurosurgeon in 1955. In 1959, he was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the two “most promising” physicians in neurosurgery and received a stipend that permitted him to practice anywhere in the world. He defected to England and, soon afterwards, to the United States where he eventually settled in Maine, practicing as a neurosurgeon in Augusta, Lewiston and Skowhegan. Julius has been an active board member and supporter of the HHRC for over 20 years.
Harry Blumenthal was born on April 6, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was barely 20 when he joined the United States Army in 1942, having just completed his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Blumenthal served with the 120th Evacuation Hospital Semi-Mobile Unit as an advanced surgical technician. On April 12, 1945, Mr. Blumenthal was amongst the first liberators to arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. Following the war, Mr. Blumenthal completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology and then worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the electric sign business. Since moving to Maine in 1983, Mr. Blumenthal has spoken to numerous students throughout Maine about his experiences in the war. He has also spoken in various parts of Maine through the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2012, Mr. Blumenthal traveled to Poland with other liberators and was honored at the March of the Living.
Judy Glickman Lauder is an internationally recognized award-winning photographer and generous benefactor of numerous organizations throughout the nation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are represented in two traveling exhibitions, Holocaust, The Presence of the Past and Resistance and Rescue: Denmark’s Response to the Holocaust, both of which have been displayed at the Michael Klahr Center. Her work is represented in over 300 public and private collections. She has lectured on the Holocaust, a frequent subject of her photography and is an active supporter of Humanity in Action, providing her poignant photographs to their publication of essays in Reflections on the Holocaust. Mrs. Lauder is married to Leonard Lauder, renowned philanthropist and Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Presently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Portland Museum of Art, is a member of both the Getty Museum Photographs Council in Los Angeles and the Photographic Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Tim Wilson has more than 50 years of experience in education, public service and athletic coaching. Currently, Tim serves as Special Advisor to Seeds of Peace, an organization that he has been with since its founding in 1993, and Director of its Maine Seeds Program. Until 2006, he was the Director of both the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine and the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem. Prior to and during the early years of his appointment with Seeds of Peace, Tim served as the Director of Multicultural Programs for Pierce Atwood Consulting in Portland, Maine. Tim has been appointed by three Maine Governors to posts including Chair of the Maine Human Rights Commission, State Ombudsman, and Associate Commissioner of Programming for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Corrections. He also served as Director of the State Offices of Community Services, Civil Emergency Preparedness, and Energy. Tim was also a language arts and history teacher for over 20 years and was a highly successful football coach at The University of Maine. Tim has received several awards for his work, notably a Medal of Honor from the late King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan amongst others.