The watchword of Holocaust lessons is, “Never Forget.” But once there are no longer survivors to recount their personal stories, what then?
Two Emmy-winning television producers in Los Angeles, Amber Howell and Janice Engel, and photojournalist Josh Rothstein came to Hampton Roads in March of 2010 to extensively interview and film survivors David Katz, Dana Cohen, Hanns Loewenbach, and Kitty Saks. Using raw footage and archival footage, as well as photos of all of the artifacts and memorabilia the four still had from their Holocaust experiences, they created four short films, one based on each survivor’s experiences and reflections.
Sadly, because David Katz and Hanns Loewenbach both passed away in January 2012, What We Carry could not have come at a better time. Until they literally no longer could, they repeatedly shared with others the horrors of their experiences during the Holocaust, to teach the message that Hanns stated so brilliantly: “Evil does not need your help; just your indifference.” Now more than ever, the Holocaust Commission dedicates its efforts toward our educational mission to them, remembering the lasting impression they made on thousands of students and adults, military and civilian, to whom they spoke.
A trained volunteer now presents the films to schools, community groups, and military audiences, along with a suitcase containing replicas of their treasures, created by local artist and graphic designer Perry Deglandon.
Contact the Holocaust Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a presentation.
Below is a trailer for the program that combines parts of all four individual stories, each of which has its own unique What We Carry presentation.
Stories of our What We Carry Survivors
What We Carry in the News
The Virginian-Pilot, Aug 7, 2011: Voices of Hampton Roads Holocaust Survivors Saved
The Virginian-Pilot, Mar 24, 2012: Holocaust Documentary Features Local Survivors
Jewish News, Mar 5, 2012: Area Premiere of What We Carry Documentary
Regent University, Jan 21, 2013: "What We Carry" Shares Holocaust Survivor's Story