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The Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education has launched an Educational Toolkit for teachers, community organizers, and corporations. This Toolkit provides access to educational materials on the Holocaust and Genocide, including videos, lesson plans, and classroom resources adaptable for virtual or in-person learning.
We are thrilled to share this Educational Toolkit, custom designed with best practices and innovative programs at a time when it continues to be much needed in our schools and communities. Please contact Andrea Myer Winograd at email@example.com for more information on access to these resources and the full Educational Toolkit as it becomes available.
Who are the Keepers of the Past?
Some will say we are. We, as people, are responsible for history and memory. We preserve, we protect and we honor the past.
Yet, objects hold more histories than human memory can recall.
Artifacts were witness to what once was. To joy and tragedy, to laughter and tears, to loss and rebirth. Our duty is to uncover the stories hidden within and to ensure that they inform the future.
Offered here, by our archives, are select perspectives of Holocaust history. Decades of donations from the local community illuminate parts of this tragic past.
As you explore our collections, consider the stories we can tell here and those that are lost forever.
Highlighting the actions of children, families, and communities during the Holocaust, this new exhibit asks us to examine WHAT IS RESILIENCE? Examining the Holocaust through this lens changes the way we think about history and connects with our lives today.
This video testimony was recorded under the auspices of the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education. It was produced, and directed by Paul Galan, a Holocaust Survivor. These clips are part of an interactive educational video called The Survivors' Project. The survivors featured in these video clips are local to the Lower Hudson Valley Region and many were intrinsic to the foundation of the Holocaust Museum. Though some of the survivors featured are no longer with us, their memory lives on and we are forever grateful to them for sharing their stories with us.
In the midst of the Holocaust, in the worst of times, there were individuals who risked everything to protect others. These individuals are now reverently referred to as "The Righteous Among Nations." They sheltered, hid, and saved others from certain death. They did so, at great peril to themselves and their families. This lesson incorporates an audio dramatization (entitled "The Hiding"), along with authentic scenarios, that will explore moral courage, and ask you the question, what would you do?
Embracing our neighbors, Embracing our differences
Master your language
Adapt with change
Challenge the norm
This lesson provides actual testimonies from survivors - in their own words. They describe their lives before the Holocaust, and the horrors that befell them and their families. There can be no more powerful testimony or record of the Holocaust, than the words of those who lived through it.
This lesson is a not to be missed opportunity, to learn from those who endured and survived.
The power of hate. A look at the use of words, symbols, and stereotypes to stigmatize and isolate others.
The focus of the lesson will be on the propaganda and symbols of hate utilized by Hitler to systematically stir fear and hatred against Jews and other minorities.
Paul Galan was born in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to America with his family when he was a teenager in 1951. He and his family have a unique story of survival from the Holocaust and war years, which makes his testimony something you have never heard before. Through the many sacrifices his father made, the separation of his siblings, and some family members being sent to concentration camps, his immediate family were reunited at the end of the war and all survived miraculously.
After finishing high school Mr. Galan went on to get a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and history from the City College of New York. He began his career as a film editor for documentaries in television and working in the New York film industry. He created his own company in 1968, Gateway Productions, and won many awards for his work.
Now Paul puts his talents to use by telling his story and teaching young adults about the Holocaust. He believes that young people, by hearing firsthand accounts of that human tragedy, might be moved towards a better understanding of the history thereby motivating them to become responsible citizens and make every effort toward assuring a better and safer world for themselves and future generations.
Dr. Alex Levy was born in Berlin, in 1936. His parents fled Germany with him in 1938. He escaped with his mother to Belgium in November of that year. Alex survived the Holocaust by hiding in a Catholic girls' orphanage during the war in occupied Brussels, Belgium. He was reunited with his mother after the war and in 1949 they settled in New York City. Having learned English and being old enough, he volunteered for the US Army during the Korean War. His enlistment ended in 1956, and he attended Brooklyn College. After graduation, he taught English in New York City high schools, and later, writing at Ramapo College. He earned his doctorate in Educational Administration at Columbia's Teacher College in 1986. Alex and his wife have three children and eight grandchildren. They reside in Hickory Hill, an intentional cooperative community in Tappan, New York.
Besides his involvement with the Museum, Alex is involved in a project teaching ping-pong to Parkinson's Disease patients with the hopes of slowing down the progress, of the disease.
Alan Moskin was born in Englewood, New Jersey on May 30, 1926. He attended Syracuse University both before and after his military service in World War II.
Alan was drafted into the military service at the age of 18 and served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944 until 1946. He was a member of the 66th Infantry, 71st Division, part of General George Patton’s 3rd Army. At the beginning of May, 1945, his Company participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen. After the war ended, Alan remained in Europe as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation during which time he attended the Nuremberg Trials of top Nazi officials.
Alan presently resides in Nanuet, N.Y. and he has spoken to students and community groups throughout the country about his experiences as an infantry combat soldier and a “Concentration Camp” liberator. In addition to his speaking engagements, Alan was recently featured in the documentary “GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII” on PBS.
Alan has two grown daughters and seven grandchildren. He currently serves as a Vice President on the Board of Trustees of the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education and is also a Past Commander of the Rockland/Orange District Council of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
Trudy Album was born in Czechoslovakia, although her town later became part of Hungary during WWII. When the Nazis invaded, her family was sent first to a ghetto, then to several concentration camps. Trudy arrived in the women’s section of Birkenau, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, shortly before her fifteenth birthday. Her mother and three younger siblings had already been sent to their deaths. She was later sent to several other work camps and was eventually liberated by the American Army. She hitchhiked back to her hometown, hoping to be reunited with her father, only to find out that he had been murdered during the Holocaust.
Today, Trudy lives in Suffern, NY and has been engaged with the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education for several decades. Trudy believes Holocaust education is incredibly important for today’s young people and she speaks to middle and high school students across the region, as well as to many college audiences. Though it is difficult to share her experiences during WWII, Trudy is committed to ensuring that the memory, lessons, and legacies of the Holocaust are carried on – and that young people can learn from them.
Jochweta Finkelstein was born in Lublin, Poland in 1928. Lublin had 43,000 Jews before the war (one-third of its population) and was an influential hub of religion and education. Judy was the youngest of 5 children and had a happy childhood in a warm, loving family that included scores of close relatives.
Polish anti-Semitism was widespread before WWII, but none could have imagined the near-total extermination of Lublin’s Jews as the first victims of “Operation Reinhard”, during which 2 million Jews were murdered by means of methodical ghetto liquidations and deportations to death camps purpose-built for the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”. On the operation’s first night, Judy’s sister Bronia was seized from their apartment in the Lublin Ghetto while the rest of the family hid and was among the first to be killed in Belzec. Judy later survived by passing as a Polish Gentile while the rest of her family was killed in Nazi camps or by Poles in the countryside. Judy worked in a German slave labor camp and as a maid on the farm of a virulently anti-Semitic Polish family.
Judy met her husband, Rubin Josephs z’l, at a transit camp in Germany and they settled in Monsey, NY in 1954. Though from observant families, both had abandoned the practice of Judaism during and after the war. Before marrying, Judy insisted that they keep a Kosher home in honor of her parents – one they would have felt comfortable visiting. Rubin became a builder and involved himself with many Jewish organizations. When he wanted to build a new house, Judy insisted that she be able to walk to a synagogue on Shabbat, leading to the formation of the Monsey Jewish Center. Rubin was a founder of our Holocaust Museum and Judy is a member of its Hidden Children group.
Anti-Semitism caused Judy incalculable pain and suffering, but the heroic actions of a German gentleman who was willing to risk his and his family’s lives on her behalf sustained Judy’s faith in humanity. The lesson that Judy wishes to be taken from her life is that no matter what sort of evil one experiences, we must remain true to our humanity, living as honorably as we can while accepting others without prejudice. We honor Judy for being a living example of this principle.
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