The Names, Not Numbers program at the Yeshiva of Central Queens took a trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum to learn about the Holocaust. Names, Not Numbers is a program started by Tova-Fish Rosenberg where students research the Holocaust then interview and record Holocaust Survivors creating a one-hour documentary so that the Survivor’s memories will be remembered forever. Each year the documentary from YCQ and other participating schools is saved at Yad Vashem.
At the museum, the grade 8 participating students learned about each concentration camp and how Jews either survived or sadly perished in the war. The students saw many inspirational things, for example a girl who worked in Kanada, a warehouse facility the Nazis used to store all of the belongings stolen from the Jews heading to Auschwitz. She found silver pieces and made a comb out of it.
She made a comb in hopes of her hair growing back and that she would be freed from the Camp. This trip was truly meaningful and emotional. It was meant to help create a better understanding of the Survivors they will be interviewing, all they lost, and the struggle they overcame to survive.