First-hand, personal testimony from Holocaust survivors and liberators–the victims of and witnesses to the Nazi brutality–is one of the most critical and impactful educational tools available to educate students, teachers and the community-at-large about the dangers of bigotry and hatred.
Now, 67 years after the end of World War II, these eyewitnesses are aging and declining in health and numbers. The opportunity to personally hear and witness their stories ultimately will come to an end. Today’s students and teachers will be the last generation privileged to meet and interact with a survivor in their classrooms.
To preserve their testimony for future classroom use, the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center is partnering with schools in Westchester to create the Survivor Legacy Education Project, a video archive with teachers’ guides centered on the school presentations of local Holocaust survivors and liberators. Each participating school has agreed to host a taping of the survivor with students and teachers and to “adopt” the survivor’s story as the basis of its Holocaust and human rights curriculum.
HHREC would welcome tax deductible donations in support of the Survivor Legacy Education Project (www.hhrecny.org), or by mail HHREC, 4 West Red Oak Lane, Suite 330, White Plains, NY 10604, 914 696-0738.