Online Curriculum Guide for Faces of the Holocaust
A print version of this guide (made possible by a grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District) is available from the Education Resource Center at Wright State University – contact us at 937-775-2878
On the next pages (see the dropdown menu at upper right under Resources/Exhibits and Education) you will find brief summaries of the fifteen interviews in the Faces of the Holocaust video series, with the number of minutes each one runs. These were taped between 1985 and 1995, and some of the interview subjects have since passed away or moved out of the Dayton area.
The Dayton area has been home to a surprising number of Holocaust survivors. Some came here to work for the Air Force, others because they had relatives here, some because of business opportunities and a few entirely by chance. Many of the people featured in Faces of the Holocaust still live in the area, others have moved elsewhere after retirement, and some have died.
While many Europeans under the Nazi occupation supported or turned a blind eye to the persecution of Jews, many others listened to their consciences and tried to help even at the risk of their own lives and the lives of their families. Many of these selfless people have been identified over the years by the Israeli government and honored with the title “Righteous among the Nations” or “Righteous Gentile.” Many others who sacrificed to help their neighbors will never be known.
This term is often used for soldiers who were present at the liberation of death camps and concentration camps, mostly during April of 1945. Some actively assisted in the rescue of inmates and others just observed, but their testimony is always valuable. Some also rescued survivors of the “death marches” at the end of the war.