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AFA Book Launch – Priceless Pennies: Rose and Odette – Unknown Children of the Holocaust

What is the Value of One Life? TUPELO, Miss. — American Family Association (AFA, is proud to announce the July 1st release of a new book, Priceless Pennies: Rose and Odette – Unknown Children of the Holocaust. The book tells the story of two of the 1.5 million children... Read more »

Pennies memorialize child victims of Holocaust

“And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground” (Genesis 4:9-10, KJV). Holocaust. For 76 years, hardly any... Read more »

Unknown Child Exhibit at Desoto County Museum in Hernando

On Sunday, October 6, the Memphis JCC seniors, under the direction of MJCC Adult Services Coordinator Steve Kaplan, enjoyed an outing to view the Unknown Child Holocaust Exhibit at Desoto County Museum in Hernando, MS. Before touring the exhibit, Museum Director Rob Long gave a warm welcome and shared about... Read more »

Holocaust Survivor Warren Kramer Shares Story at “Generation SC Remembers Kristallnacht”

On November 9th at 6:00 P.M., Survivor Warren Kramer will be the featured speaker at a dinner/silent auction hosted by Generation SC students at Aintree Farms Clubhouse, 3310 Winners Circle, Germantown. Tickets are $40 and the public is invited. Mr. Kramer is 95 years young with a mind as sharp... Read more »

In Loving Memory of Holocaust Survivor Leonid Saharovici July 7, 1927 – November 2, 2018

Mr. Saharovici was a sincere friend to the Unknown Child Foundation. He followed closely its activities, speaking at UCF events and to school groups. He was an encourager and often gave “motivational” words prodding us to remember the children and finish the course. During World War II, at age 14,... Read more »

Desoto Educator Susan Powell Named Teacher of the Year

Susan Powell Spotlight teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, became DeSoto County Schools’ 2019 Teacher of the Year. Powell earned regional, national, and international support by helping start the non-profit Unknown Child Foundation, which evolved from her classroom “Pennies Project.” In 2009, Powell taught 7th grade Spotlight at Horn Lake... Read more »

Marking the Shoah – in Mississippi

On that day, the brilliance of the murdered children of the Holocaust and the spark of the present generation were united as the Unknown Child Holocaust Memorial/Park was launched. On a breezy, rather chilly March morning at an unlikely location in rural Mississippi, two groups of children separated by more... Read more »

Children’s Holocaust memorial taking shape at former Elvis ranch 4-18-16

March 23, 2016 — Holocaust survivor Friderica Beck Saharovici takes part in a launch event for the "The Unknown Child" project in Horn Lake Wednesday morning. The Unknown Child Foundation announced plans for a completed sculpture placed in a park setting on the grounds of the Circle G. Ranch. (Stan... Read more »

Ambitious development plans outlined for Elvis’ Horn Lake ranch

The first pieces of a massive redevelopment around Elvis's old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake are coming together, the project's managing partner said Thursday. Davage "Buddy" Runnels Jr. outlined an initial phase that includes, among other features, a welcome center, restoration of both the honeymoon cottage used by Elvis... Read more »

Crossing the Line: Southaven Chamber relocates and some Elvis trivia

A maybe-not-so-unlikely alliance Last week's launch of the Unknown Child Foundation at Elvis' old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake brought together two seemingly disparate missions. But maybe not. Organizers spoke of the way a higher power seemingly brought those seeking a memorial to children killed in the Holocaust together... Read more »

Unknown Child memorial moves forward 3-23-16

What started as a collection of pennies to symbolize the number of children who died as a result of the Jewish Holocaust is about to become a real reminder of the extermination of innocent youngsters whose only “crime” to the German Nazi regime what their heritage and religion. An organization... Read more »

A Historic Evening With Anne Frank’s Stepsister

Eva Schloss, the surviving 89-year-old stepsister of the famed Anne Frank, will share her stories about the Holocaust and its consequences at the Michael D. Rose Theater at the University of Memphis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Tickets are available via the event website or by calling (901)... Read more »

Unknown Child Exhibit at Bible Museum On The Square in Collierville, TN

Bible Museum on the Square (BMOTS) Hosts Unknown Child Exhibit through October 26th, 2018. The museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10AM - 5PM Address: 140 E. Mulberry Street, Collierville TN 38017 Phone: (901) 854-9578

Generation SC Homeschool Group

In its second year of HLMS students collecting Pennies, a local homeschool group, Generation SC, heard about the project and asked to join in.  Their involvement became integral to the completion of the project.  These dedicated students held car washes, carnivals and sold coupon books, just a few of their... Read more »

Horn Lake Middle School

In the Fall of 2009, Horn Lake Middle School teachers Susan Powell and Melissa (Swartz) Wheeler challenged their students to collect 1.5 million pennies, one for each child who perished in the Holocaust.  In 2010, MHEA Generation SC students joined the effort and after three and a half years, all... Read more »

Israel Festival

The Unknown Child, originally the “Pennies Project”, has been privileged to have a booth at the annual Memphis Friends of Israel Festival nearly every year since the Pennies drive began in 2009.  Both Horn Lake Middle School students and Gen SC homeschool students have worked the event sharing with Festival... Read more »

Exhibit at DeSoto County Museum:

The Unknown Child Foundation is grateful to DeSoto County Museum in Hernando, Mississippi, for providing space for the Unknown Child Holocaust Exhibit’s premier showing.  The Exhibit was on display from September 2017 through March 2018, during which time over 8,000 visitors, including many students, were educated about the 1.5 million... Read more »

Good Works Series Breakfast:

In 2014, a well-known, highly-respected Desoto County businessman, Rex Haynes, asked Unknown Child to become his first honored non-profit at a benefit he named “Good Works Series.”  This was held at the Landers Center in Desoto County and had many prominent attendees, including some from Israel.   Haynes passed away early... Read more »