Posted by Elyse Rast
Legacies: High School Visits is the only program of its kind in New England. A cohort of 9th-12th graders learn about the Holocaust by meeting with a survivor three times over the course of the year and creating a meaningful project together.
Yvette, a Holocaust survivor, speaks a great deal about her past because she feels it is important to do so even though it is always difficult. Talking to large groups of people without the opportunity to receive feedback or follow-up makes it even more challenging. It’s also tough for her to know whether or not sharing her story has made an impact on her audience. When she met Shira and Olivia, Yvette remarked that it was “instant love at first sight.” She was impressed with their questions, their depth of knowledge, and “how much they wanted to learn.” Yvette also shared that she felt confident Shira and Olivia would help ensure people remember the Holocaust so that it “won’t happen again.”