by Moshe Bochner (’13)
April 22--Dr. Michael Berenbaum 041On Monday, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, famed author and scholar on Holocaust studies, visited MTA and spoke to the senior class. Dr. Berenbaum is a professor, writer, and film-maker. He is perhaps best known for his work as the Research Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Director of the USHMM’s Holocaust Research Institute.  Berenbaum served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and currently is the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University, in Los Angeles, CA.

2013-04-22 11.49.56The visit was also meant to specifically address those students who participated in the Names Not Numbers program, the oral history project in which seniors interview Holocaust survivors for a professional video that is to be archived in Yad Vashem. In his speech, Dr. Berenbaum highlighted the importance of the students becoming the bridge between the generation of survivors and the generation of children who will not hear first hand the stories of Jewish survival and loss of life during the Holocaust. Dr. Berenbaum also noted that the Magen David, the symbol of Israel and Judaism today, was a symbol of inferiority and lowliness of Jews during the Shoah, but later became a symbol of freedom, pride, and hope for the Jewish people.We thank Dr. Berenbaum for visiting MTA and providing words of inspiration to us all.

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