WHAT WE CARRY
In 2011, the Holocaust commission captured on film the first hand stories of the four remaining survivors from our Speakers' Bureau. In 2014, our LA-based filmmakers returned to shoot footage for three more educational films. The 7 short films now live on our dedicated video channel, where you can watch them in full. Yet these stories don't end here.
In 2012, We launched a program that delivers trained volunteer docents to present these films to schools, community groups, and military audiences. Our highly engaging actors arrive at your venue with a vintage suitcase filled with replicas of many of the treasures depicted in each of the short films. And thanks to the generous donors who contribute to the Holocaust Commission, we are able to bring the What We Carry program to visit your school or organization for no charge. Since the COVID pandemic, we can also arrange for zoom presentations.
To inquire about dates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and note What We Carry in the subject line.
ELIE WIESEL WRITING & VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION
As the dangers of all types of prejudice, peer pressure, unthinking obedience to authority, and indifference to the suffering of others are still widespread in our world. It is essential that young people develop the moral courage necessary to defeat these dangers, for their own sakes and for the protection of our democratic values.
Every year, we invite Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12 to participate in writing and visual arts competitions named in honor of Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Through the generosity of our sponsors — The Simon Family Foundation and Towne Bank — The Holocaust Commission is able too ffer cash prized to students who apply the lessons of past atrocities to their writing or their visual artistry addressing prompts dealing with current situations. This is a multi-faceted, extremely positive experience for all involved as teachers are also rewarded with classroom resourses when they enter their students.
The Commission’s goal with this competition is to encourage students to learn about the Holocaust and apply its many lessons to their own lives. The Commission wants students to understand the importance and true nature of moral courage.