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Your video testimonies have helped me better understand a distant, terrible time and place my own families struggles within a broader context. Thank you.
As the child of a child refugee from Vienna and grandson of a Holocaust martyr killed in Buchenwald, I have more personal interest than many other educators. I also teach at USC. So I am clearly biased, but the work you have performed seems vital on so many different levels.
I wish we could claim that the lessons have been learned and no more genoicides will haunt our planet. Alas, we seem to be living in an era of renewned ideological and theological fanaticism where tolerance remains rare in too many cities and nations across our globe. Your work represents a small, yet significant, light amidst this darkness. Keep the flames of decency, honesty, and history alive.
So many students think history is dry and boring, no matter how profound the stories. This technology brings the stories of history to the kids in *their* language - videos and interacting.
Invaluable resource of information, personal stories and memories.
Every person should know about this wonderful site.
Congratulations to everyone involved at the Shoah Foundation.
As one of the interviewers for the Shoah Foundation, I can only say how much the experiences have impacted my life and am very grateful.
This is a video of my grandma. I haven't seen it since like 1996 honestly but now that I am 25 and in law school, I think I am ready to watch it again. I miss her very much.
Thank you for doing this.
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.