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I just got done watching Schindler List. I've seen it a couple times before. But for some reason it really got to me. My ex-husband's father is a survivor of the Holocaust. He grew up in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. I just wanted to say thank for your website and information.
My grandmother always had 'good-isms' to share, like 'Count your blessings', and 'Always give thanks' because 'Hitler killed my family', which is about as much as she ever let us know about her war experience. We knew she lost two children and a husband, but she herself survived.
Several years before she died, in 1994, she gave an interview in Atlanta. I knew she did it, but only found the DVD a year ago, in 2013. I watched it. It was the most important video I ever saw.
I grew up in a house crammed with books and memorabilia about the holocaust. In a land where everyone is praising Jesus all the time, it was difficult for me to function with constant reminders of how evil the world can be. So I think I tuned it out. I turned a deaf ear to holocaust information on purpose, because it made me uncomfortable.
Watching my grandmother's testamonial was the most uncomfortable and important thing I have ever done. And maybe my discomfort with holocaust history all the years I was growing up was because of not really knowing, and maybe being scared to know, what exactly happened to her. Because now I'm not so adverse to finding out other details about the holocaust that I once shied away from.
It is an important thing that you are doing, archiving these stories, to let us know. Knowing has brought peace to me. This is a great gift. I wish I had known earlier.
Thank you so much for what you are doing.
I first learned about the Holocaust at 13, an 8th grade student in Seattle at a school with many survivors' children. I started reading everything I could find. Then came the Eichmann trial. I haven't stopped reading, exploring, talking, since. The testimonies you have made available here and on YouTube have been an extraordinary addition to understanding the real people behind words on a page. I have been able to raise three children who know not to judge people by categories, who recognize their own prejudices when they find them, who don't know the meaning of color or religion.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you, the Foundation, and you, the survivors, who have had the extraordinary courage to revisit horror and leave us a living record.
I was fortunate to have been one of the educators who took part in the first Teaching with Holocaust Testimonies: USC Shoah Foundation Institute Master Teacher Workshop in 2009 and the experience stays with me everyday. In 2012 they gathered the Master Teachers from 3 workshops as well as educators from Europe, Rwanda & South Africa for a Best Practices gathering which highlighted the amazing work of USC Shoah and the teachers.
Thanks to Amy Carnes I had been invited to pilot the Howard Cwick testimony lesson plan and when the opportunity to work with the testimony in-depth arose I did not hesitate. From I was able to pilot and work with iWitness knowing now so many people and educators would have access to the testimonies before it launched was another honor.
Just when you think they have done enough amazing things they moved to Rwanda and Cambodia ensuring that the voices of these genocides are not lost and will accessible to a larger audience and used in classrooms around the world.
Thank you for all you do!
Thank you so much for all the work that has been provided and for the rich history of the Jewish culture. Although times are tough right now with all the false reports on the news, I believe the Shoah Foundation will continue to thrive and your goals to share the interviews has been eye opening.
So many great people have come and gone through here.
Thank you again,
Founder of Soulful Ceramics
I really want to thank ya'll for everything ya'll have done.
In support of the USC Shoah Foundation and in memory of my Mother- Dora Ajzenberg ,a holocaust survivor who passed away last year, I thought I'd express a few thoughts.
My Mother was one of the first interviewees of the Foundation-while attending a survivor conference in LA 19 years ago.Her story-like everyone else's is vital. The original videotape-now transferred to DVD,not only is part of your hugely important archive-but, for me, a lasting and moving memory of my Mother. My Mother and her family's story of survival were also honored just before her passing, by Yad Vashem,whom recognizes unique survivors and their history,as well.
So-apart from the immediate and historic value of your Foundation and staff's work,there are ancillary and emotional benefits to family members like me, as well-for a lifetime.
Keep up the great work you do. Both history and families require its' infinity.
You are doing the most valuable work in our time! Thank you!
Really proud of the USC Shoah Foundation Educational Resources work, archives and the use of them around the world. Keep going like this, the world needs you.