For us, forgetting was never an option.
Remembering is a noble and necessary act.
The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history.
No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible.
It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered.
Holocaust Survivors' Children: Champions of Challenge
Holocaust Survivors' Children have a mandate to carry on the torch as elected Guardians of Memory
to recount the amazing stories of courage, ingenuity, chutzpah, tremendous strength, stamina and divine inspiration that is our birthright to preserve for future generations.
Mrs. Amélie Jacobovits, wife of British Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits
Zachor, Remember , זָכוֹר -
Do Not Forget , לֹא, תִּשְׁכָּח -
Deuteronomy Chapter 25:17-19 Devarim, Parshat Ki-Teitze, 25:17-19
זָכוֹר….לֹא, תִּשְׁכָּח - This Divine mandate is fulfilled once a year by reading the above section in the Torah detailing the command to remember. It is the only reading in the Torah which is considered a Scriptural mitzvah.
You will learn of remarkable projects in progress, and accomplishments of extraordinary individuals who are fulfilling this awe inspiring legacy in astounding ways.
- Please feel free to add your own profiles with stories of testimony to this project..
- Projects, Websites, Blogs, Articles are most welcome.
Nazis’ Aryan ‘Poster Child’ Was Actually Jewish . . . Hessy Taft is now an 80-year-old chemistry professor in New York City.
Schindler List Survivors
Kastner Train Survivors
Lifesaving Citizenship Certificates
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE a Romanian-born Jewish-American professor and political activist. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," stating that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel had delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity
Yehuda Nir, a Holocaust survivor and well-respected psychiatrist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder who dedicated his life to healing the hearts of others. He was forever on a mission to educate the world about the evil he witnessed and lived through first-hand. His main vehicle for doing so was his memoir, The Lost Childhood a riveting memoir of ingenuity and extraordinary courage.
The Rosensaft Family Legacy
Menachem Z. Rosensaft an attorney in New York and the Founding Chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Survivors, is a leader of the Second Generation movement of children of survivors, and has been described on the front page of the New York Times as one of the most prominent of the survivors' sons and daughters.
He also served as National President of the Labor Zionist Alliance, and was active in the early stages of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As psychologist Eva Fogelman has written:
Menachem Rosensaft's moral voice has gone beyond the responsibility he felt as a child of survivors to remember and educate. He felt the need to promote peace and a tolerant State of Israel as well. He wanted to bring to justice Nazi war criminals, to fight racism and bigotry, and to work toward the continuity of the Jewish people".
In March 2009, Menachem Rosensaft was appointed as general counsel of the World Jewish Congress, the umbrella organization of Jewish communities around the world based in New York. Currently, Menachem Rosensaft is Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School,and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law.
Eric Randol Schoenberg
E. Randol Schoenberg has been an avid genealogist since he was 8 years old, maintains a huge family tree both on JewishGen and Geni, is responsible for JOWBR’s 150,000 Austrian cemetery records and is the Co-Founder, Coordinator and Moderator for the JewishGen Austria-Czech Special Interest Group. He is the author of the Beginner's Guide to Austrian-Jewish Genealogy and the co-author of Getting Started with Czech-Jewish Genealogy , Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day at Geni video , Czech Guide , LA Holocaust Museum, President
Eilat Gordin Levitan
Eilat Gordin-Levitan's website above lists all the Cities and Shtetls she has researched and created webpages for. Please help by sharing information and pictures of those who were born in the following cities and shtetls . Vilna - Krakow - Minsk - Volozhin - Braslav - Pinsk - Horodok - Kovno - Dvinsk - Vishnevo - Vileyka - Krasne - Kurenets - Dolginovo
Carole G. Vogel is the author of articles for Avotaynu: “Reconstructing a Lost Holocaust Family,” “The Great Garbuny-Gorbunov Hunt,” and “Oswego, New York: Wartime Haven for Jewish Refugees. With Yitzchok N. Stroh she co-authored "Constructing a Town-wide Genealogy: Jewish Mattersdorf, Hungary 1698-1939.” She served as the editor of the 500-page book We Shall Not Forget: Memories of the Holocaust, and is the author of 25 nonfiction books.
Genealogy is one of her passions and she created a webpage for Mattersdorf one of the Sheva Kehilloth (Seven Holy Communities) in Esterházy lands that were renowned for their piety and the eminent rabbis they produced. She also does genealogy professionally. See: http://www.paulgassfamily.com/ for her current project.
Rabbi Norbert Weinberg
Norbert Weinberg- Rabbi and Educator is using this blog to create a narrative of the Jewish experience of the last century, as seen through his family's records and extensive archival documents. His father, Dr. William Weinberg, was Chief Rabbi of the German State of Hesse, Frankfurt region, and accumulated a remarkable library.
Shmuel-Aharon Kam - Honoring Holocaust Rememberance Day
Resources & Links of Interest
This project is just beginning, please feel free to add information & links.
- האנציקלופדיה של הגטאות, יד ושם
- Yad Vashem - Israel
- Steven Spielberg , USC Shoah Foundation - Testimonial Archive , Shoah Film & Video Archive
- Coming of Age Now - Survivors Stories
- Association of Second Generation Holocaust Organizations
- 3G New York
- Next Generation
- Amcha Israel
- Resources for Children of Holocaust Survivors
- Holocaust Survivors
- The Lost Childhood, by Yehuda Nir
- Victor Frankl
- Personal Accounts of the Holocaust
- Holocaust Literature
- United States Holocust Memorial Museum
- Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive
- Holocaust Resources
- Concentration Camps Visitors Guide
- Psychological Dynamics of Third Generation Holocaust Survivors *Helping Holocaust Survivors' Children - New York Times
- Das Bundesarchiv Memorial Book
- Holocaust CZ Prague Database
- Digitaal Monument Joodse Gemeenschap in Nederland
- Memorial de la Shoah Musee Centre de Decomentation
- JewishGen Holocaust Database
- Stolpersteine.eu Links , Stolpersteine Schritte PDF
- International Tracing Service Bad Arolsen
- Alemannia Judaica
- Europa Europa 1990 film
- Alfred HItchcock's Night Will Fall Youtube trailer
- Why Hitchcock’s Film on the Holocaust Was Never Shown