The Holocaust Story:‘Our Responsibility’

A “thank you” to Simone Ellin and the Baltimore Jewish Times for the thoughtful “Legacy of Loss” (April 18) cover story. We agree that members of the younger generation must learn and share the stories of Holocaust survivors.

For the past decade, we have had the privilege of teaching a Oral History of Holocaust Survivors course each year at Goucher College. More than 100 students (Jewish and non-Jewish) have interviewed 31 survivors and a liberator. Our students interviewed their survivors three times, learning about their lives before World War II, during the Shoah and after the war.

Later in the semester, the students performed stories of their survivors’ lives at Goucher Hillel and Perry Hall High School. Former student Tova Tenenbaum performed the stories of Leo Bretholz z”l at the Yom HaShoah community commemoration last month.

From April 25 to 29, students from our 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 courses shared the stories of nine Baltimore-area survivors with more than 1,000 people at Beth Tfiloh, Beth Israel, Chevrei Tzedek and the Krieger Schechter Day School and in Raleigh, N.C., at Beth Shalom.

Each member of our community holds the responsibility and the privilege of listening to these stories and passing them on from generation to generation.

Dr. Uta Larkey
Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff
Dr. Steve Salzberg
Goucher College

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