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Stockton Receives Additional 168 State-funded Positions for A.C. Campus

The number of state-funded positions at Stockton University for FY18 has increased from 764 to 932. The funding will cover pension and health care benefit costs for an additional 168 positions, allowing the university to hire faculty, security personnel and operational staff essential for the future Atlantic City campus.

“This represents the largest increase in our central appropriation in Stockton’s history and equates to an additional $4 million to our FY18 operating budget,” Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman said.

The univeristy also received a $250,000-pledge from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman of Long Island, N.Y. to establish the Ullman Family Holocaust Memorial Room at the entrance to the university’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center.

Leo Ullman was hidden as a 3-year-old in Amsterdam during World War II after members of the Resistance secured a place for him. His parents, Emily and Frank Ullman, were hidden in an attic in another location in Amsterdam and they were not told where each other were, to avoid the chance of revealing each other’s whereabouts if they were captured.

Now the Ullmans, previous owners of the former Shore Mall, “are donating a number of items, such as photographs, paintings, correspondence and other family heirlooms that document their family’s experiences during the Holocaust,” said Philip Ellmore, chief development officer and executive director of the Stockton University Foundation.

The donors’ gift was made in honor of Hendrik and Jannigje Schimmel-Manshott, and Piet and Evertje Hoogenboom-van Maanen.

The Schimmel-Manshotts hid Leo Ullman for 796 days, and he called them his “war parents.” Hoogenboom-van Maanen was a police officer who risked his life to provide false identifications for Ullman’s family.

The Ullman Family Holocaust Memorial Room will display items including an original 4-foot x 3-foot painting titled, “796 Days”; a 63-inch x 37-inch cloth replica of a Daghestan prayer rug; original and/or photographic reproductions of documents, correspondence, videos, recordings and photos of items illustrated in the book, “796 Days: Hiding as a Child in Occupied Amsterdam During WWII,” which also chronicles their coming to America.  These items chronicle the life of the extended Ullman, Konijn, and Loeb families before, during and after WWII. The gift also includes a substantial number of Holocaust-related books, many written in Dutch.

“We are grateful to the Ullmans for their gift, which is a very moving reminder of the horrors of the past, and an example of the resilience of Holocaust survivors such as Leo, who give us hope for the future,” said President Harvey Kesselman. “This is an extraordinary addition to Stockton’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, which is visited by thousands of students, educators and members of the community.”

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