2016-07-20 / Obituaries

Dr. Paul Winkler mourned; was NJ Holocaust education leader


DR. PAUL WINKLER DR. PAUL WINKLER Dr. Paul Winkler, executive director of the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education, died on July 12 at the age of 79 in his home in Lawrenceville, NJ, surrounded by his loving family. Over his half-century career, Dr. Winkler became an institution in New Jersey education. From his days as a teacher and administrator to an assistant commissioner in the State Department of Education, to his most recent role leading the office that oversees the development of curriculum and programs related to the Holocaust and other acts of genocide and repression, he was a mentor, a leader, and an inspiration to countless teachers and students. As executive director, Winkler gave teachers a roadmap for teaching sensitive topics to teens and children.

“For nearly half a century, Paul Winkler represented the heart and soul of the Department of Education,” said State Education Commissioner David Hespe.

Marvin Raab, a Cherry Hill resident, child of survivors and a member of the NJ Commission since 2001 said, “Paul had an amazing gift that enabled him to relate to students of all ages. He was able to immediately engage with students, using simple and direct language that made a lasting impact on them.” When collaborating with Paul Winkler, teachers have said that he made good learning happen and in doing so made them better teachers and people.

“I know that Dr. Winkler’s passion for education has touched all of us,” said Helen Kirschbaum, director of the JCRC’s Esther Raab Holocaust Museum and Goodwin Education Center. “He encouraged everyone to think with their minds and also their hearts. Through his own example, he has led so many to become ‘Upstanders’ in their schools and communities.”

Gordon Haas, president of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations stated, Paul Winkler’s “voice may be silenced, but certainly the echo of his good deeds will live on to our collective benefit.”

Dr. Winkler was predeceased by his parents, Sarah and Samuel Winkler, his brother, Jerry Winkler, and his nephew, Larry Winkler. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Cecelia, daughter Sharona, son Jeffrey and his wife Laura, his grandchildren Elie, Sammy, Racheli, Adam, and Amy, great-grandchild Celeste, brother Henry and his wife Gayle, and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to the Dr. Paul Winkler Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made payable to the GHMEC, Dr. Paul Winkler Scholarship Fund, and sent to the GHMEC, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. s

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