"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)
Witness to History - Survivor Presentation
Witness to History - Survivor Presentation: Our Witness to History Project - Survivor Presentations provide the opportunity for students to hear a survivor's or liberator's testimony first hand. Survivors and liberators as eyewitnesses to the Holocaust are the richest and best way to educate our youth to emphasize the message that racial, ethnic, and religious hatred are social poisons that affect individual people and families and communities.
This program lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes and includes a question and answer session, allowing the audience to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the speaker. A Museum Educator accompanies the speaker and provides background on Holocaust history as it relates to the speaker and facilitates the question and answer session.
A personal presentation of images relating to the specific speaker is included in the presentation. These are not graphic in any nature and are appropriate for a wide range of audiences.
This program can be hosted at a venue of your choice or at the Museum and can be tailored to a degree to meet specific requests of teachers.
Here is a quote from a student's letter to Joe Kahn from May 2012 at Downingtown High School East.
"Thank you so much for sharing your life story. hearing you speak made me realize how ungradefu lI've been my whole life. Thank to you, I now apprecaite little things that I once did not even notice before. [Your presentation] was one of the best days of my life. I promise you that you will never be forgotten. Even when I am older, I will tell my children about that amazing day you visited my class. I cannot express my gratitude toward you. Thank you so, so much."