BEACHWOOD, OH, January 2, 2017. Kol Israel Foundation is constantly exploring the significance of the Holocaust. A top priority of the organization is to recognize the importance of Survivors’ memories, and preserving and sharing them through Holocaust educational outreach. Kol Israel believes that first-person accounts provide a powerful impact that helps community members put a face on history and make meaning out of statistics.
“Many of Cleveland’s courageous Holocaust Survivors have been telling their stories for decades and will continue to do so for as long as they can. Sadly, there will come a time when there will be no eyewitnesses left to teach our children what happened in the Holocaust, making it all the more imperative to develop and put into place a way to continue to tell the stories,” said VP and Holocaust Education Outreach Chairperson Ellen Jacob, whose parents were both Holocaust Survivors. "It's important to have these stories told and I think it's much more authentic, much more moving and impactful for the Survivors to be telling the story themselves."
Over the course of the last two years, Kol Israel’s Holocaust education outreach program has been able to share Survivor testimonials, presented by their children and/or grandchildren, throughout the community. We have found that what makes these video presentation compelling is the ancillary dialog that only Survivor’s family members can provide.
Some of the questions recently asked during the ten presentations to more than 250 eighth-graders in the Brunswick schools, included:
- “What effect does the Holocaust have on your family today?”
- “Was it different growing up with your family being Holocaust Survivors? If so, how?”
- “What is the worst story that your Survivor parent told you?”
- “How did the Holocaust change your parent(s) mentally, emotionally and physically, and how did that affect your childhood?”
- “How does it feel to know that your parent was at a concentration camp during the Holocaust?”
- “Do you believe that Hitler was a good man or a bad man?”
- “Why was Hitler chosen to become dictator of Germany?”
- “How were you affected by the Holocaust?”
- “Do you think you would have survived the Holocaust?”
- “Why and how do you think your parent(s) survived the Holocaust?”
- “Do you think your parent(s), if they could have, would have converted to another religion to
- escape torture?”
- “Is it hard for you to deal with the fact that you would not be alive it your ancestors weren’t as brave, strong, hopeful and lucky as they were?”
- “Do you think something like the Holocaust could happen again in our lifetime?”
- “Do you think your parent ever wished that he/she wasn’t Jewish?”
- “Does/did your parent(s) despise Germany? Do you?”
- “Did your parent(s) tell you about his/her experience during the Holocaust?”
- “How did the Holocaust affect your parent(s)’ life/lives? How is their experience affect yours?”
- “Did you know all about what your parent(s) went through during the Holocaust? If yes, when?”
- “How or why do you think your parent(s) survived?”
These students’ questions were thought-provoking and insightful, and most could only be answered by members of the Survivors’ families. This has inspired Kol Israel to provide video-testimonials of 2nd generation Holocaust Survivors.
As part of our ongoing education programs, Kol Israel Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new program for 2nd generation Holocaust Survivors, Your Story Simply Told. This program is provided courtesy of Natalie Bauman, founder and CEO of The Digital Mosaic, LLC. It enables 2nd generation video interviews through an easy-to-use app in the comfort of one’s own home and scheduling.
On Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM at At Mark Frank's office: 4469 Renaissance Parkway, Warrensville Heights 44128, Ms. Bauman will demonstrate the proprietary program, how the app works, and talk about the process, options, and ease of use. There is no charge for these services due to the generosity of Ms. Bauman.
If you are a second-generation Holocaust Survivor, you won’t want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to find out how to tell YOUR story. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Kol Israel Foundation office at 216.831.3754.
ABOUT KOL ISRAEL FOUNDATION
Kol Israel Foundation, Inc. is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families and supporters. Since 1959, the organization seeks to fulfill its mission of remembrance, advocacy, and education throughout Greater Cleveland.