The Names, Not Numbers© program brings teens together to learn about the Holocaust through a unique, engaging, and memorable experience that combines research, interviews, video production, documentary film tools, and film editing. Rather than learning in a traditional classroom setting, students meet in person with Holocaust survivors and create an unforgettable film documenting the survivors’ lives.
This year, a group of 15 students from diverse backgrounds met regularly at SYJCC, facilitated by program coordinator, Jane Fossner Pashman. During meetings, they participated in sessions to learn more about the history of the Holocaust, its timeline, and the roles of conspirators, bystanders, and upstanders. They then met with a local journalist to learn interviewing techniques, which included how to craft appropriate questions that can categorize a survivor’s experience before the war, during the war, and after the war. In small groups, students were matched with a Holocaust survivor, and they spent weeks researching their particular story. To prepare for the interview, students gained professional video techniques and skills from a videographer, and the necessary elements to edit and produce a documentary.
The final Names, Not Numbers documentary is presented to the community at a premiere screening event on April 30, 2023. The film will also be archived at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (the world’s preeminent Holocaust museum and resource center).
Names, Not Numbers© is an interactive, multimedia Holocaust project created by Tova Fish-Rosenberg. The Names, Not Numbers© program is generously supported by a prominent national foundation and by UJA Federation of Long Island.