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Students in Names, Not Numbers© Complete Their Holocaust Survivor Video Interviews

December 31, 2021 - 

Students in the Names, Not Numbers© program completed their video interviews of six Holocaust survivors this week. This accomplishment followed months of enthusiastic and intensive preparation beginning with history sessions conducted by Rabbi Dr. David Hertzberg, research into the biographies of assigned survivors, a workshop in media interviewing skills led by a professional journalist and, finally, the development of thoughtful interview questions. In meaningful and moving dialogue, students learned of each survivor’s varied experiences. Harrowing stories they had only read about in books - like the journey on the Kastner train, partisans hiding in the forest, Jewish children posing as Christians, and the ghastly life in ghettos and concentration camps - came vividly to life for them.  
Over the next two months, students will be editing and crafting their two-hour interviews into a powerful documentary film that will premiere in May 2022 at our Yeshivah, where everyone will get a chance to meet these heroic individuals in person. The documentary will then be archived for future generations in Israel’s Yad Vashem, the Hebrew University Library in Jerusalem, and Yeshiva University’s Gottesman Library. 
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