Generations Sharing the Holocaust Experience

Esther Hautzig
1994 Judaica Librarianship  
The author's feelings and ex periences in sharing the Holocaust with her own children and the children she addresses regularly in schools-are discussed in this paper. From her talks and exchanges with young people, it has been the author's experience that stories of how we lived, not perished, make the greatest impact on young and old listeners. Unless we know the people's lives and what the Jewish people, as well as society at large, lost through the deaths of countless bril liant, educated,
more » ... mpassionate people, as well as children whose futures will always remain unknown and unreal ized, we cannot fully mourn their deaths. To really know what the world lost through the Nazi terror, we must share stories of family members and of people we knew and admired with those to whom Holocaust victims are becoming statistics and numbers, not individuals with vibrant lives and futures that were cut down. Children particularly need to hear life stories of those who perished, not only the facts of how their lives ended. The author reports on sharing the Holo caust experience, not only with Jewish children, but with children of all reli gions, colors, ages and backgrounds-not only in person, but through correspon dence, conference calls/visits and classroom exchanges as a volunteer for the New York City School Volun teers Program in which she takes part.
doi:10.14263/2330-2976.1236 fatcat:2uchtv3levd5fozk63v335cc4e