The Project

A recent survey conducted by the Claims Conference reveals that over two-thirds of millennials have never heard of Auschwitz, and half could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto. When I read about the survey, I told myself that I must do something to increase the awareness of what happened during the Holocaust. As the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, I’m well aware of the importance of remembering the atrocities that occurred in order to ensure that a second Holocaust will never occur. In order to do so, I created the “Humans of the Holocaust” exhibition to tell the human story of the survivors, their children and Jews around the world who are still affected by antisemitism.

In Humans of the Holocaust you will find the stories of Gideon Hausner (the prosecutor of Adolf Eichmann); Rafi Eitan (the man who captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina); Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor who publicly forgave Josef Mengele for the atrocities during the Holocaust; Layla Gaberin, a Holocaust survivor who converted to Islam and speaks about the danger of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; the Dyament family, who decided to tattoo their grandfather’s Auschwitz number on the arms in order to commemorate his memory, David Leitner, a Holocaust survivor who speaks about how humor saved his life in Auschwitz, and the stories of many other Holocaust survivors.

Humans of the Holocaust is a very powerful exhibition. The stories that I’ve collected for the exhibition are Inspiring and optimistic. It’s not a “classic Holocaust” exhibition, but rather an exhibition that makes you want to engage with the human story behind it. It’s an optimistic exhibition where you can see how the human spirit can overcome the direst of times.
My aim with this project is to better inform and educate people about what happened during the Holocaust and if we could bring the Human story behind it I think that people will be able to relate to it. I would love to see this exhibition presented not only at Jewish venues but also with a broader population in order that people will learn what hatred and antisemitism can cause.

I’ve also created lectures that are appropriate for populations from teens to seniors, university students, interfaith groups, and any other audience you wish to educate about the Holocaust.
The lecture for teens is tailor-made for that age. In that lecture, I’m exploring with the teens the moral aspects that Holocaust survivors had to deal with on a daily basis. Through the stories of the survivors, we are exploring issues like Human rights, Antisemitism, Democracy. Remembrance of the Holocaust and even the power of forgiving.

Erez Kaganovitz,

Founder, The Humans of the Holocaust project

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