Skip Aldrich (‘05): I participated as
one of the teacher chaperones in the 2005 Holocaust Remembrance Project.
The week spent with the Holland & Knight staff, teachers, students, and
the survivors was an experience which still bears fruit to this day.
Though I have been involved with Holocaust education for many years, and currently am a Regional Museum Educator with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Holocaust Remembrance Project provided a unique opportunity to grow as an educator, and as a person. The genuine concern and outreach of the Holland Knight staff demonstrated the sincere commitment to supporting Holocaust education in a very personal way. My fellow teachers whom I interacted with were top notch and the students exceptional. Anyone who spends a week with them should feel very confident about the future.
The survivors were not only a delight to be around, but made an impact on each and every one of the participants. I learned a tremendous amount from them, both in academic terms, but more importantly, as living lessons in human dignity. Each had a unique experience, yet bound by a common denominator, the Holocaust.
Through the Holocaust Remembrance Project, I was fortunate enough to develop a friendship with survivor Leo Bretholz which continues to this day. Leo has brought his experience to various workshops, and his book, Leap Into Darkness, has an important place in Holocaust Literature. His zest for life continues to inspire me, as all the survivors that I met have done.
As the years go by, the “multiplier effect” of the Holocaust Remembrance Project will continue to bear fruit. Each participant, teacher and student, will continue to share their experiences into the future. Ultimately, thousands will have been touched by the yearly experience of ten teachers and ten students.