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
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