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"Faces ofthe Holocaust" is a unique series of fifteen videotapes created expressly as a classroom resource and curriculum supplement. I began to record these one-of-a-kind stories in 1985 with Wright State University Television Center Initially, there were nine interviews over a three year period, which included painstaking editing. The second part of the series was filmed in 1995, the fiftieth year of liberation, with interviews of five more liberators and one more survivor. The series was directed by K. Roland Knight of Wright State University Television Center. Dr. Thomas Martin and Challon Roberts assisted me in the editing process.
Pictures obtained from survivors, liberators and rescuers from all over the world filled the edited videotapes with real images of that time period. It was still a novel idea at that time -to tape the stories of those who had actually witnessed and been part of the Holocaust. It was not always easy to convince survivors or liberators that their stories were of the utmost importance, that time was slipping by, and that these stories could only be told by those who had lived them. They bravely came forward and and somehow there was some healing in the recalling and telling of their stories. It was most difficult to bring back the memories of these horrible times and events that had wiped out their entire families and homes.
Nor was it without great effort for liberators to remember the horror they felt at seeing the human remains they encountered in the death camps. Yet, all the effort was worth it so that we could bring their stories to educate a new generation in the hope that these atrocities would never occur again to any people. This must be our goal -in all Holocaust education -helping to heal the world.
Dayton Holocaust Resource Center
History | Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Roberts , C., & Martin , T. S. (2001). Faces of the Holocaust: A Currriculum Guide for Teachers. Dayton, OH: Dayton Holocaust Resource Center.