just returned from Yom Hashoah service in my community. The survivors are dying and with it I fear is the raw horror and the inhumanity that seared the Holocaust into my generation’s memory. The question of how to transmit and honor the victims as first hand witnesses are being lost to us remains. There is no gentle way to teach the Holocaust and I fear that second-hand accounts are not hitting it home for the kids in my children’s generation. So, what now?

Stacy Gittleman


Leon Posen, a congregant from my synagogue, passed last week. He lived to the age of 94, blessed with a long life that could have been cut very short.  His passing is still a sad one.  Leon was a Holocaust survivor.

As the years and decades stretch away from World War II and Hitler’s war against the Jews, there are fewer people to tell first hand accounts of what happened in the ghettos and the concentration camps in Europe.

So  who will bear witness in generations to come? Even if we don’t have a direct personal connection to the Holocaust, it is our turn to hear as many accounts as possible, and then tell them to the next generation. This is the only way to keep the vow of Never Again.

In Rochester, about 300 area Hebrew school kids in grades 6-12 watched their peers put on a play called…

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I have been a reporter and public relations professional for over 30 years, specializing in profile features and investigative longform writing. During my career I've profiled WWII Honor Flight Veterans, artists and musicians and have written on topics that range from environmental and gun control issues to Jewish culture. Click around on my writing samples plus read my blog on my personal life raising three kids over 27 years and three cities.

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  1. chuzpahinthekitchen says :

    I think it is important that kids go to the Holocaust meuseams and to visit the camps in person.


    • transplantednorth says :

      I agree, and the kids in Rochester who went on Journey for identity did speak beautifully about their experience of visiting the camps in Poland. But still, darkly I thought, yes, visiting the camps is horrible, but they went to sleep in a hotel that night, they had a meal that day… you know what I mean? It will never be the same as hearing a story directly from a survivor and I know there is nothing that can do to stop the marching on of time. I agree, it’s important for the next generation to go to the camps themselves and go to places like Yad Vashem, but then also go home and watch the first hand film footage too.


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