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MY HERO Project's Many Resources about the Holocaust and Jewish Culture

by Deborah Neff, MY HERO Staff writer - 6-12, adult - from United States

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel

 

146783Anne FrankArt by Natalie of Laguna Beach High School

January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era. Every member nation of the U.N. has an obligation to honor the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs as part of an international resolve to help prevent future acts of genocide. The U.N. resolution that created IHRD rejects denial of the Holocaust, and condemns discrimination and violence based on religion or ethnicity.

During the month of January, The MY HERO Project celebrates Holocaust Remembrance Day with stories, film, and artwork by students and professionals from around the world. Our website features creative work about famous heroes like Elie Wiesel, Anna Frank, and Raja Weksler and other well-known and unsung heroes of the Holocaust. International Holocaust Day is observed to inscribe the atrocities of the Holocaust into our hearts and our history. To that end it is important to hear testimonies and stories of survivors of the Holocaust.

146784Sam Goldofsky, Survivor of Auschwitz, 2015 Art by David Kassan

The MY HERO Project website includes over fifty stories honoring Holocaust survivors, several dozen films, and artwork from students and professional artists. 

Subjects include Helpers Resistors,” honoring those who fought, resisted, and helped others during the Holocaust; “Resistance Fighters;” “Family Member Stories,” and Voices of Survivors.

The MY HERO website also features award winning short films made by students and survivors working in the Righteous Conversation Project.  

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Holocaust Remembrance Day Lesson Plan

As we enhance student learning by remembering and honoring the victims of the Holocaust and those who fought the Nazi Regime, we join a global community that resolves to reject the denial of the Holocaust and to condemn discrimination and genocide. The lesson plans include grade appropriate stories, art, and films, discussion guides, and classroom activities for teachers to integrate into curricula at all grade levels.

MY HERO is a non-profit educational project that’s mission is to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. Since 1995, over 100 million people from 197 countries have participated in The MY HERO Project learning platform. Our award-winning programs raise awareness for the amazing work being done by heroes globally and at the grass roots level to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. We work to promote cross-cultural communication, human rights, environmental awareness, tolerance, media literacy and the arts. We openly encourage people of all faiths to join us in this important work.

Please visit the website and share MY HERO’s rich media library, lesson plans and digital story telling tools with parents, teachers and students that you know. All are invited to participate by sharing stories, art, films and music on this global learning project.

Links: 

MY HERO Project website
Films for Holocaust Remembrance Day
artwork
stories honoring Holocaust survivors
Holocaust Remembrance Day Lesson Plan
Righteous Conversation Project
Eva Haller Salon: Eli Wiesel: Carolyn Stoessinger shares personal stories and depicts the life of political activist and Nobel laureate, Elie Wiesel.
MY HERO FILM about Eva Haller: Eva Haller, A Work in Progress by  Jeanne Meyers

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Last edited 1/28/2022 1:45:30 PM

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