"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 Project


The Witness To History Project is designed to further the message and lessons of the Holocaust by direct interaction between students or interested adults and Holocaust survivors. Participants "adopt" a survivor by learning his or her unique account of via listening to the survivor tell his/her story, asking questions, writing a biography, reviewing a videotape, and memorizing and re-telling the story to others. Ultimately, the participant will have the lifelong job of educating others about the Holocaust by sharing this personal narrative, an imperative task now that our survivors are aging and in failing health.

There is no charge for students or adults to participate in this project. However we depend on donations to keep us going and to spread the lessons of the Holocaust. There is a recommended donation of $125 which covers staff time and the materials produced to make this the best possible project and experience for you. Please make the contribution payable to the Holocaust Awareness Museum.


This program may serve as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project, class project, or a community service project for young people who are interested in learning more about the Holocaust. Students who have acting, teaching, or film-making aspirations might also want to become involved.

There are three different phases of the project. Please read about them below and determine which phase best fits you.

Phase 1: recommended for Bar/Bat MItzvah age students or grades 6-8.
The minimum requirements for participation are listed below:

  • Participate in one presentation by a Holocaust survivor
  • Review an audio or videotape of the survivor's testimony
  • Write a biography (6-8 double spaced pages) about the survivor, including a paragraph explaining why it is important for you to continue to share this story with others
  • Utilize the historical background information provided by the Holocaust Awareness Museum
  • Present the biography to a member of the Holocaust Awareness Museum to verify testimonial and historical accuracy
  • Present the story to a suggested number of 50 people, to be confirmed by teacher/leader signature

Phase 2: recommended for high school students grade 9-12.
The minimum requirements for participation are listed below:

  • Participate in one presentation by a Holocaust survivor
  • Review an audio or videotape of the survivor's testimony
  • Write a biography (10-12 double spaced pages) about the survivor, including a paragraph explaining why it is important for you to continue to share this story with others
  • Utilize and include the historical details provided by the Holocaust Awareness Museum
  • Present the biography to a member of the Holocaust Awareness Museum to verify testimonial and historical accuracy
  • While presenting, using previously developed PowerPoint presentations about that specific survivor. These will be provided by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and can be used as biographical guides and visual aids during the presentation
  • Present the story to a suggested number of 50 people to be confirmed by teacher/leader signature

Phase 3: recommended for College students and adults.
The minimum requirements for participation are listed below:

  • Participate in one presentation by a Holocaust survivor
  • Review an audio or videotape of the survivor's testimony
  • Write a biography (15-20 double spaced pages) about the survivor, including a paragraph explaining why it is important for you to continue to share this story with others
  • Utilize and include the historical details provided by the Holocaust Awareness Museum
  • Present the biography to a member of the Holocaust Awareness Museum to verify testimonial and historical accuracy
  • While presenting, utilize previously developed PowerPoint presentations about that specific survivor as well as video and audio clips of the survivor. These will be provided by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and can be used as biographical guides, visual aids, and audio aids during the presentation
  • Present the story to a suggested number of 75 people to be confirmed by teacher/leader signature

We will do our best to work with participants who have additional goals to meet.

Please keep in mind that this project will take some time, generally several weeks, to complete.

Request a Witness to History Project