Many of those who experienced the Holocaust firsthand whether Liberators, Resistors, or Survivors are ready to tell their story. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 13, 2014.
About this project
Here's what we are doing...
Join us, The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Flim FIlms LLC, in our endeavor. Together we can bring the lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation even after the last generation of survivors, liberators, and resistors who experienced it firsthand are no longer with us. This is a race against time to record and capture their testimony as they tell it to the camera so we can share it with the world.
For those who experienced the Holocaust and World War II, we are reaching out and creating documentaries FOR EACH PERSON on their unique experience. Each story is different and adds to the complexities of the Holocaust, the war, and the generations who experienced it firsthand or indirectly. Featured in these documentaries are concentration camp survivors, childhood refugees, soldiers of multiple race, genders, and countries (American and Russian), a female Nazi hunter, and more. These stories have amazed us for their complexity and depth of humanity as well as their historical significance. They cannot be forgotten or under utilized.
Each documentary will be 20-45 minutes in duration and will include the interview subject firsthand, as well as pictures they have provided and archival footage of the subject matter.
The website will host these documentaries of survivors, liberators, and resistors. The website will offer the interview content by categories of each person as well as by subject matter. This website will be made available to the public so that educators, students, and everyone can utilize the primary sources of those who lived the experiences firsthand. In addition, we will also be making categorical videos of certain events and topics such as Auschwitz, Re-integration, and others so that users of the websites can search topics that are of interest to them and hear from those who were involved in them directly.
We have already begun...
The Holocaust Awareness Museum has already begun to film and document the priceless stories of Holocaust survivors, liberators and resistors in the Philadelphia area. Their stories will be preserved on a public website to be utilized by educators, students, historians, and the world so that they are truly never forgotten or under utilized on a book shelf. Hear their stories straight from them as they tell it directly to you in their own words as they remember it. Each person in this project provides a primary source to the events of the Holocaust and World War II that adds personal insight and humanity to the gravity of what truly happened.
Each story brings something new and unexpected...
Each person's story is so valuable and so unique. For example, Dr. Leon Bass served in The American Army Core of Engineers liberating France and Buchenwald in an all Black segregated Unit. Dave Tuck recounts his experiences as a Jew in Auschwitz as a young boy and the struggles he witnessed and experienced there until his liberation. Don Greenbaum, a Jewish American soldier and a forward field observer for artillery, who liberated a concentration camp, tells his story of fighting the Nazis right up until the end of the war. There are so many others who have never told their stories before. They are ready to tell them now. With your help we can record their stories in top quality documentaries in durations of 20-40 minutes each. These documentaries will be hosted on a website for the world to see.
We are in a race against time...
With your help we can succeed in preserving history. Your donation to our Legacy Project will help us record these witnesses to history and make their testimonies available for future use for generations to come. This is the last generation of the Holocaust and WWII. Help us preserve this now, because this is our last chance.
Who we are and why it's important to us:
The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center is a nonprofit in Philadelphia that has joined with Flim Films LLC to create this website and these series of documentaries.
The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center hosts an exhibit in the Philadelphia area of priceless artifacts from the Holocaust. But more importantly, the museum networks with survivors, liberators, and resistors to corroborate testimony, record the history, and host educational events for students so that students and others can meet those who experienced it and learn directly from the source. The museum works with many survivors, 260 schools and 34,000 students to host personalized educational events, tours, workshops, and Q & A's. As the survivors get older, it has driven the museum to pursue recording the survivors, liberators, and resistors as soon as possible. It is the only Holocaust Museum in Philadelphia. For more information on the museum please visit: http://www.holocaustawarenessmuseum.org/
Flim Films LLC is a complete video and multimedia production company in the Philadelphia area. Flim Films LLC meets the demands of each endeavor with a unique crew comprised of many different young artists. Each crew member has proven their experienced skill set, work ethic, and dedication to the ever-changing craft of filmmaking, web site creation, and promotions. At any moment, Flim Films LLC aims to have a project in every stage of production from conceptualization, pre-production, production, post-production, and finally exhibition/ distribution/ sales. Flim Films LLC seeks to create new, bold, and high production value works of art for themselves and others. For more information on Flim Films LLC visit: http://www.flimfilms.com/ or our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/flimfilms.
Risks and challenges
The survivors of the Holocaust and World War II are aging. We are in a race against time which is why we have decided to turn to you to help push this project into overdrive. Many of those who experienced the Holocaust, World War II and many of the intersecting complexities of the era such as segregation, re-intergration into society, and more, never had the opportunity or willingness to share their stories. They forged new lives. Now many years later they wish to remind people of what truly happened to them. They see the history of the Holocaust being belittled, questioned, under utlized and under-taught by teachers across the nation and world. They see genocide, democide, discrimination, and intolerance still rampant in the world. They believe we have a great deal of work to do. It is our responsibility to ensure that history does not repeat itself.
The Holocaust Awareness Museum is professionally documenting each story. We corroborate each persons story and then document them to add to the overall knowledge of these dramatic events. This project is being collaborated on by professionals with degrees in Holocaust and genocide studies, professional filmmakers, and volunteers who have been working with survivors, liberators, and resistors for many years since the museum was founded in 1967. Now it is time to share this information with the world and we are making these stories available online for the world see.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes of course!
Exclusive digital downloadable content will be made available to everyone who pledges to the corresponding amount. Once the campaign is successful we'll send you a link to where you can download the content regardless of whether you are in the US or international.
We are prioritizing survivors who have not yet been filmed by the Shoah foundation's visual archives. Many survivors, liberators, and resistors that we have networked with (and have had their stories corroborated) have never been recorded before by anyone and are ready to tell their story for the first time.
Another key difference between this project and archives is we are creating more than archives, we are creating individualized documentaries. Archives simply are the audio or visual recordings of someones story or an interview with that person. We are creating full fledged Legacy Video documentaries complimented with B-roll, archival footage, pictures, and more to make it entertaining and engaging to watch. This is especially important when engaging students and people learning about the subject matter for the first time.
In addition, the archives created by the Shoah foundation and others like it are not available to the general public without creating a login. This does dissaude people from gaining access to the archives. Also many archives are only available through college schools with login access. This project will create an online website available to everyone with no login necessary or whatsoever. Information on The Holocaust should be available to everyone so that everyone can learn of history and directly from those who experienced it firsthand.
While many documentaries have been done individually on a small scale or on a large scale for the archives from 1994-1999 for the Shoah foundation, this content remains exclusive to certain schools or by creating a login and is therefore outside the reach of many students, educators, and the general public from around the world. This website will be more than just an archive and will include a hub of documentaries forming a database and a reference for anyone who wishes to learn more and hear it directly from those who experienced it.
The issue with the Shoah foundation's exclusivity is that for many passive participants of history education and Holocaust education (such as Middle school, High school, the general public and even college students) is that they will never learn about the Holocaust because the exclusive content is not available or taught directly to them. The nature of the Shoah foundation archive being exclusive is that people have to actively pursue it, get access and a password protected login, and then search through it to find the content they are searching for. While getting access to a login is easy, the archives are only archives, not documentaries and therefore, unfortunately, can be very boring to watch and learn from. This loses many students and makes it difficult for educators to employ in the classroom and likewise lay people.
Our website and the Legacy video documentaries we create will be made available so that anyone visiting the site can learn freely, search specific topics, or stumble upon testimony they have never heard or seen before in an enjoyable and gripping manner.
Pledge $3 or more
"Supporter" Level. On behalf of the survivors, liberators, and resistors and the crew involved in the project, Thank you so much!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $8 or more
"Do Gooder" Level. You have done a great thing and for this we will give you a special shout out on our website and include you in the digital credits.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $13 or more
"Mitzvah" Level. You have done a true service to those who are telling their stories, which is part of a history that belongs to all of us. Expect a personalized email from someone involved in the project directly to you. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $18 or more
"Miracle Supporter." You are helping to the support the realization of a dream started by our founder Yaakov Riz, a Holocaust Survivor as well. For your help have these digital downloads of the content to use in the classroom, personal study, or your own viewing pleasure. Enjoy! Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
"Testament" Level. You are a testament to the care and support that these survivors, liberators, and resistors need. You have shown that people still care and will never let the lessons of the Holocaust fade. Show your support with this Project Button! Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
"Historian" Level. For your work in this great race to capture and record the testimony of the men and women who lived it, you will be given access to the entire digital downloads archive of all the videos created! Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
"Transporter" Level. This reward is named in honor of those who transported Jews and other targets of genocide and imprisonment. For your dedicated support we honor you with a "Never Forget" bumper sticker with the project logo. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $125 or more
"Free-er" Level. You are setting the story of others free just like many of our documentary subjects freed those in the camps. And for that you can wear it proudly with the "Never Forget" T-shirt with the barbed wire butterfly logo. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $250 or more
"Honorer" Level. For this level of dedication, you deserve a placard in the museum with your name on it and a digital placard on the website. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
"Testify" Level. For this level of dedication, expect a handwritten letter from a survivor, liberator, or survivor personally made out to you that you can frame and show others. They want to tell their stories and share their experiences and you have made that possible. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
"Freedom Ringer" Level. You have spoken out on the horrors that so many experienced and given us the ability to share their stories with the world. For this someone from the creative team or in the documentary will create a personalized video thanking you for all that you have done. All previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $2,500 or more
"Resistor" Level. You have made two documentaries possible and for that we will host a "Made Possible By..." sign in the exhibit so that everyone knows your pursuit of Holocaust education and awareness.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $4,500 or more
"Survivor" Level. We can't thank you enough and you have made multiple documentaries possible, but this personal call from a survivor will try. Have a one on one conversation with a survivor over the phone or in person if it's mutually agreeable and talk with them about anything you would like.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $7,500 or more
"Liberator" Level. Together we are marching to the day all know of the lessons from those who experienced the Holocaust and commit the ultimate act of defiance by living on. When the credits roll you will be the first with an executive producer credit. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
"Champion Mensch." You have made so much of this possible and we are all in your debt. The header and home page of the website will feature "Made possible by..." with your name on it for the world to see. Previous rewards included.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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