On Friday, November 16, the eighth grade began a project called Names Not Numbers©. In the program, students interview Holocaust survivors and edit the interviews which are in turn made into a documentary. The program began with powerful words from Rabbi Hecht, middle school principal, who spoke about the importance of “forgetting.” He explained that some things you need to forget in order to move on. On the other hand, something like the Holocaust must never be forgotten.
Next, Mrs. Tova Rosenberg, the creator of Names, Not Numbers©, gave an inspirational speech about how important this project is and how lucky students are to get the chance to participate in this program. Students then watched a documentary of a Holocaust survivor to get a feel for how interviews should be conducted.
Finally, Mr. Larry Gordon, publisher and editor of the Five Towns Jewish Times, gave tips on how to talk to and interview Holocaust survivors. It is so important for students to have the opportunity to be involved in this important project to ensure that the Holocaust survivors’ legacies live on, and that the Holocaust is never forgotten