Creating Connections: Learning from Survivors

January 7, 2024

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Creating Connections

By Myriam Brenner, Education Program Coordinator

Each survivor’s testimony is a unique story of resilience, strength and survival. Each personal account allows us to conceptualize a dark period in history and to relate to the survivor’s experience and trauma in a way that reading a textbook cannot provide.

Hearing firsthand accounts of what victims of the Holocaust endured, not only humanizes the victims, but also ensures that the voices of those who lost their lives are safeguarded from Holocaust deniers.

In the words of Simon Wiesenthal, "Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived. The answer I have found for myself (and which need not necessarily be the answer for every survivor) is: I want to be their mouthpiece, I want to keep their memory alive, to make sure the dead live on in that memory."

Over the years, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre is privileged to have worked with many dedicated Holocaust survivors. Their commitment to sharing their individual testimonies helps to educate and engage people in a meaningful way. Meet some of these incredible survivors by listening to their recorded testimony.

Click here: Never Forget Me – Learning from Survivors (