Written By: Ilana Lazar
As a granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, commemorating the Holocaust is an essential thread in the fabric of my life. Being named after my great aunt, who was murdered in Auschwitz, provides a stark reminder of my history, and serves as a constant reminder of the age-old saying, never forget.
Holocaust education, and especially Holocaust Education Week, is becoming increasingly significant to our generation since we will be the last group to hear stories of survival from Holocaust survivors themselves. In my experience, nothing generates more raw emotion and has a more significant impact than hearing the personal memoirs of the survivor
With Holocaust education, the more we listen, the more we can reflect. This past summer, I went to Austria and walked through the death camp of Mauthausen and the Hartheim T4 Euthanasia Centre. Listening to personal stories of survivors who lived through these terrors gave me the strength to go through the camp and to take those memories with me in my everyday life. It has also inspired me to reflect on how we can learn from the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust and correct the wrongs in our world today.
Holocaust education and Holocaust Education Week are vital to me because of the reminder to look at my history and experiences as a way to look towards the future. I hope you will join us during Holocaust Education Week here at York coming up November 4th-8th.