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Holocaust Education and Remembrance


"I am more than honored to receive recognition and kindness for doing something I believe is the most important thing to do in this lifetime. We must all spread love, respect, and tolerance, especially during times in need." 

Oskar has worked with the media to help spread the voice of tolerance. Through his efforts, he has been humbled with community awards and students' thank-you letters that have touched his heart. He would like to share these with you as a thank you and to accomplish his vision for all to become UPSTANDERS.



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Holocaust Survivor - Channel 12 News

Holocaust Survivor - Channel 12 News

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What's it like to survive the Holocaust?

What's it like to survive the Holocaust?

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Architect of Change Award

Architect of Change Award

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Oskar Knoblach

Oskar Knoblach

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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK is oftened quoted by Oskar as a true hero and inspiration.



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January 27, 2023

TikTok Used for Holocaust Education

“I might be old, but I’m not old-fashioned”. The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has been thinking of mediums to communicate that fading message to young people to carry on that cautionary tale. 

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January 27, 2020

"On International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Holocaust survivors stood in front of state lawmakers to champion a bill requiring Holocaust education in Arizona schools."

AZ Central


June 1, 2017

"School children learn that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. It is hard to visualize a number as large as 6 million, but the ASU football stadium accommodates a sellout crowd of 72,000; fill the stadium 83 times and you have about 6 million."

Arcadia News

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July 21, 2021

AZ Holocaust Education Bill

A big win for Arizona! Arizona’s public schools will be required to teach about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between 7th and 12th grades. According to the Phoenix Holocaust Association and Arizona State University academics, Arizona will be the 16th state to require Holocaust education by statute.

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November 9, 2019

"Oskar Knoblauch put a white armband onto his sleeve. A blue Star of David had been sewn onto the armband, not unlike the one he had been forced to wear when he was 15 that identified him as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Poland."

AZ Central

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March 23, 2017

"Though many Americans agree that immigration is a positive force, with the election of a president who holds a dim view of Muslims and Mexicans, we are experiencing an ugly resurgence in nativism and white supremacy, often cloaked in the faddish nomenclature of the so-called alt-right."

Phoenix New Times

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July 12, 2021

"Visitors will enter the largest part of the center, focusing on the “nuts and bolts of what happened”, and the experience of Jews leading up to the war. Then, they will have an opportunity to learn from local Holocaust survivors through recorded testimonies and Oskar's Hologram."

Jewish News

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January 27, 2023

“A 10-year-old boy in a Nazi uniform said to my Dad, ‘Get off that bike, that bike is mine,’” he said. “A 10-year-old boy had more power than a World War I veteran.”


The time is always right to do what is right.

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Wilbur Murra Award for Lifetime Achievement in Social Studies Education in Arizona, Presented by Arizona Council for the Social Studies (ACSS), 2023.


Lifetime Award in Service for promoting kindness, peace, and tolerance through educational arts initiatives, Presented by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 2023.


Shofar Zakhor Award for inspiring the next generation to stand up to hatred, intolerance, and bigotry, The Phoenix Holocaust Association, 2021.


Jerry Lewkowitz Heritage Award for exceptional impact on the community through leadership in philanthropy, education, and civic and humanitarian causes, Presented by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 2020.


Genocide Awareness Week Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding individual contribution and support in genocide awareness, Presented by Scottsdale Community College, 2019.


No Place For Hate Award for his work combating bias and bullying to stop the escalation of hate, Presented by Anti-Defamation League, 2018.


Lifetime of Learning Award in recognition of valuable contributions as an educator representing character and tolerance to all people, Presented by the Mesa Public School District, 2015.


Golden Rule Humanity Award for exemplifying the spirit of the Golden Rule, Arizona Interfaith Movement, Presented by Governor Janice Brewer, 2014.


Architect of Change Award for demonstrating exemplary commitment to cultural awareness, civic engagement, and inclusiveness, Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University, 2014.


Characters United Award Honorable Mention for making considerable achievements in improving civil and human rights, Presented by USA Network, 2013.


Luke Airforce Honor for speaking to troops about respecting your enemy and never giving up hope on Days of Remembrance, Presented by Luke Airforce Base, 2012.


San Tan Junior High Honor for courage, determination, and commitment to Holocaust Education, Presented by the Unified Chandler School District, 2011.  

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