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A is for “Adopt-a-Survivor”

May 5, 2011

Charles, a survivor of the Holocaust, lighting a candle of remembrance.

My son Josh and Charles.

The local church where they have had a program for Yom HaShoa for 28 years.

The board my son put together of the story of Charles Ohlenberg.

My son, as an extra-curricular activity, goes once a week to Merkaz or Hebrew High School.  This year Josh took “Adopt-a-Survivor”.  This is an amazing program where “Students are paired with a community Holocaust survivor to learn their story and pledge to preserve their legacy”. The kids who were involved will carry the survivors stories forward for future generations.

The project made quite an impact on the kids (and in many cases their parents). What these survivors were forced to endure is unthinkable  – and they lived to tell about it. Listening to them makes me cry. This week as the program winds down the survivors, students and their families attended two programs for Yom HaShoa* to remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million other people who were killed in the Holocaust by the Nazis.

While the program for these kids is over, the stories of these amazing people will go on. We must NEVER FORGET.

Addendum: I meant to include this in the initial post – I am very proud of my son.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2011 10:54 pm

    A very worthwhile and important project, well done to Josh for his efforts in joining in and participating in this program.

    • May 6, 2011 6:48 am

      I appreciate the comments. I meant to include the following- I am very proud of my son.

  2. May 5, 2011 11:19 pm

    Really touching and great to see somebody Josh’s age taking an interest in preserving the legacy of Charles and others.

  3. May 6, 2011 1:51 am

    Well constructed and reported here. Well Done!

  4. May 6, 2011 6:02 am

    A very worth while project and so well done.

  5. May 6, 2011 12:45 pm

    Wow – I was very moved just by your story of the project. What an amazing opportunity for your son to learn from this man.

  6. May 6, 2011 11:52 pm

    I have the utmost respect for holocaust survivors. Hats off to this gentleman.

  7. May 8, 2011 12:40 pm

    This seems an excellent way of contributing to the crucial preservation of the oral histories of the holocaust. Everyone should be commended for developing such a program as should your son for taking part. Well done.

    Your son is a great looking young man, by the way. 😉

  8. Tammy permalink
    May 9, 2011 10:08 am

    Now this is quite the event…very, very cool and you captured it w/ such emotion! NICE!

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