The Memory Project

The Memory Project Creating positive change in the world through art, storytelling and education; memorializing victims of Holocaust and genocide one portrait at a time
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The Memory Project Productions was founded in 2008 by Roz Jacobs and Laurie Weisman. Headquarters: New York. Exhibits, films and workshops distributed internationally.

The Memory Project Productions was founded in 2008 by Roz Jacobs and Laurie Weisman. Headquarters: New York. Exhibits, films and workshops distributed internationally.

Mission: The Memory Project Productions honors Holocaust and genocide victims by conveying their experiences through art, story and media to make connections across generations and cultures.

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Today is Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs’ birthday. She passed away four years ago, just shy of her 92nd birthday. Her le...
11/11/2020

Today is Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs’ birthday. She passed away four years ago, just shy of her 92nd birthday. Her legacy lives on through her family and through her guidance and wisdom. She is the root of all of Memory Project Productions programs, and touches tens of thousands of lives through our work. We love and miss her every day.

If you would like to honor her memory with a birthday gift, you can donate in her name: https://memoryprojectproductions.com/donate/

Happy birthday to Dora Rivkina. Dora grew up in Minsk, the capital of Belorussia. Dora was a swimmer and dancer, and aft...
11/07/2020

Happy birthday to Dora Rivkina. Dora grew up in Minsk, the capital of Belorussia. Dora was a swimmer and dancer, and after escaping the ghetto, became a partisan fighter against the Nazis. Unfortunately, Dora's group was captured by German soldiers and Dora was killed for being Jewish. Honor her memory by reading about her life: https://bit.ly/3epd64n

Our workshops build empathy, something we need to see more of. This month's portrait was created at a community workshop...
11/01/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Our workshops build empathy, something we need to see more of. This month's portrait was created at a community workshop at Brooklyn Public Library where people from multiple generations were able to connect with each other.

The portrait features a young boy, Moishe Felman - honor his story and his memory by reading more about him.

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

Today is Romania’s National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust so we chose Romanian-born Mira Kovács as our Portrait of ...
10/09/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Today is Romania’s National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust so we chose Romanian-born Mira Kovács as our Portrait of the Month. On October 9, 1942, mass deportations of Jews in Romania began. In 2004, Romania set aside this day to remember the Jews and Romani who were killed during the Holocaust and reflect on Romania’s role in the arresting and deporting its Jewish and Roma citizens.

Click through to read more.

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

Read about Magda Laszlo, whose striking portrait we are featuring for September. She endured grueling and dangerous forc...
09/01/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Read about Magda Laszlo, whose striking portrait we are featuring for September. She endured grueling and dangerous forced labor at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she lost her entire family. She became very ill and was eventually liberated from the hospital. Magda returned to Hungary and became a teacher. Read more and view her portrait:

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

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08/02/2020
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Take a moment to honor Rudolf Sárközi, who survived the Holocaust and whose life's work included establishing both the Cultural Association of Austrian Roma and the Roma Education Fund

Take a moment to honor Rudolf Sárközi, who survived the Holocaust and whose life's work included establishing both the C...
08/01/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a moment to honor Rudolf Sárközi, who survived the Holocaust and whose life's work included establishing both the Cultural Association of Austrian Roma and the Roma Education Fund

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

07/29/2020
Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany)

Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany)

Holocaust survivors have a simple message for Mark Zuckerberg: Holocaust denial IS hate speech and needs to be removed from Facebook! There is no denying their suffering and loss; there is no denying the Holocaust.

Beginning today, the Claims Conference will be posting videos, across our social media platforms, from the witnesses to the event that resulted in the death of 6 million Jews, and 11 million people overall.

From around the world, these survivors have partnered with the Claims Conference in creating videos explaining that Holocaust denial is hate speech, and, in accordance with Facebook’s own community guidelines, they are insisting Mark Zuckerberg remove hateful posts denying one of largest human tragedies in the HISTORY of mankind.

The Holocaust ended 75 years ago. There is no denying it happened – there are witnesses. Please share their videos; Facebook needs to remove Holocaust denial from Facebook!

#NoDenyingIt

Remembering Vél d’Hiv78 years ago the roundup of Jews in greater Paris began. 3 year ago, Memory Project Productions fou...
07/17/2020
Why am I remembering Vél d’Hiv?

Remembering Vél d’Hiv

78 years ago the roundup of Jews in greater Paris began. 3 year ago, Memory Project Productions founder Laurie Weisman reflected on the day. Read about why she remembers Vél d’Hiv.

I am in my beloved French countryside in a tiny hamlet in southwestern France. I have close relationships with neighbors, some of whom I have known for 30 years now. Yesterday, for a lark, Roz Jacobs and I took an hour-long drive through the countryside to go to a vide greniers (literally an emptyin...

Have you seen July's Portrait of the Month? Roman Haar was a very young boy when Germany invaded Poland, turning his lif...
07/15/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Have you seen July's Portrait of the Month? Roman Haar was a very young boy when Germany invaded Poland, turning his life upside down and tearing apart his family. Click to read more about his life and about the artist who drew this portrait:

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

ICYMI: Our webinar with USC Shoah Foundation and Echoes & Reflections was a success! You can access the recorded version...
07/13/2020
On-Demand Connecting Communities The Memory Project Productions

ICYMI: Our webinar with USC Shoah Foundation and Echoes & Reflections was a success! You can access the recorded version at the link.

This webinar is developed for an educator, university, and community member audience. It is not intended for middle and high school students. Creating artwork inspired by stories from Holocaust survivors is a powerful way to help students cultivate creativity and make personal connections to this hi...

Tune into our webinar tomorrow! We'll talk about our Face-to-Face program, which supports students in creating visual ar...
07/07/2020
Connecting Communities: Resilience Through Art With The Memory Project Productions

Tune into our webinar tomorrow! We'll talk about our Face-to-Face program, which supports students in creating visual art and portraits inspired by personal stories from Holocaust survivors.

Register at the link.

1:00 PDT | 4:00 EDT | 6:00 AM AEST 9 July 1 Hour This webinar is developed for an educator, university, and community member audience. It is not intended for K-12 students.

Take a moment to learn about Roman Haar, July's featured portrait subject. Roman was a very young boy when Germany invad...
07/01/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a moment to learn about Roman Haar, July's featured portrait subject. Roman was a very young boy when Germany invaded Poland, turning his life upside down and tearing apart his family. Click to read more about his life and about the artist who drew this portrait.

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

WEAREHERE.LIVE
06/14/2020
WEAREHERE.LIVE

WEAREHERE.LIVE

A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance and HopeWatch It Here – Sunday June 14th11 AM California | 2 PM NYC |7 PM London | 9 PM IsraelFree – No Registration Required Donate A collaboration between: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the HolocaustNational Yiddish Theatre-Folksbien...

We remember Anne Frank today on her birthday. While she and her family hid from the Nazis, she wrote frequently in her d...
06/12/2020
If you’re a writer, write

We remember Anne Frank today on her birthday. While she and her family hid from the Nazis, she wrote frequently in her diary. So much of what we know about her and what her life in confinement was like is from her diary. Memory Project Productions founder Laurie Weisman reflected on the power of writing:

  Anne Frank: A writer’s birthday Today, June 12 (1929), is Anne Frank’s birthday. Anne was a writer, so we know a lot about her.  Because she was a writer, Anne chose a diary as a gift for her 13th birthday. She chose it from a shop window with her father when it was still... Read more »

Happy birthday to Edit Schechter. Edit was a member of the resistance movement in Hungary, and pretended to be a Christi...
06/11/2020

Happy birthday to Edit Schechter. Edit was a member of the resistance movement in Hungary, and pretended to be a Christian in order to help others from being deported; she created false papers for Jews to use to escape, and she helped set up over 50 safe homes for children. Edit and others like her saved thousands of Jewish lives. Read more about her: https://bit.ly/3c9TD6q

Our Commitment to Each Other - With heavy hearts we join people around the world who mourn and protest the deaths of Geo...
06/04/2020

Our Commitment to Each Other - With heavy hearts we join people around the world who mourn and protest the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others at the hands of public servants who are sworn to protect them. This violence against Black and Brown people in America is an age-old problem we have ignored for too long. We all need to work harder to learn the facts of history and to work toward mutual understanding, justice and equality. As long as we fear or dislike people who seem to be different from “us” we will continue to have problems.
https://mailchi.mp/1b4dbe4a5cb5/our-commitment-to-each-other

Take a moment to read about and honor Elly Berkovitz whose portrait is featured this month. This portrait was created at...
05/01/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a moment to read about and honor Elly Berkovitz whose portrait is featured this month. This portrait was created at a workshop at Hgi Manhattan

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

Honoring Genocide Awareness Month - https://mailchi.mp/97f6abd2a849/lesson-plans-for-genocide-awareness-month-3196585Gai...
04/11/2020

Honoring Genocide Awareness Month - https://mailchi.mp/97f6abd2a849/lesson-plans-for-genocide-awareness-month-3196585
Gain strength by turning to the testimony of people who have survived terrible trauma and come out on the other side. April is Genocide Awareness Month, an appropriate time to honor survivors, remember victims, and learn from the past. Our new resources shares the stories of six survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

A beautiful editorial:"Anne Frank had almost nothing and nobody except the seven other people in the Secret Annex. No Go...
04/02/2020
On 761 days, Anne Frank, and the circle of responsibility | MinnPost

A beautiful editorial:

"Anne Frank had almost nothing and nobody except the seven other people in the Secret Annex. No Google, no Zoom, no phone. No walks, no Lund’s grocery delivery, no New York Times in her email inbox at 3:20 every morning.

No fresh air for 761 days.

Nothing.

But the Franks did have something very special. They had six friends who kept them alive for those 761 days with food and visits and love, six people who endangered themselves and their entire circle of loved ones by sheltering Jews under the eyes of Nazis and their collaborators."

I see people being careless, not listening to Dr. Michael Osterholm and others about what we must do to protect ourselves – and to protect those at gravest risk.

Take a moment to learn about Éva Székely, who passed away earlier this year at age 92. Against all odds, she survived th...
04/01/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a moment to learn about Éva Székely, who passed away earlier this year at age 92. Against all odds, she survived the Holocaust and went on to become an Olympic medalist in swimming. Read her incredible story and honor her memory:

Each month the Memory Project chooses a new Portrait of the Month, highlighting the work of a student from a Memory Project workshop.

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Co-founder Roz Jacobs is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Jack and Anna Jacobs. Their optimism and zest for life inspires both Jacobs and Weisman. Jack Jacobs was a passionate believer in the importance of education, so this work is dedicated to him as well as to Anna, whose spirt and story are central to the whole project.

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I hope this is ok to post here. I spent about 9 years researching my family’s stories and put them into a novel here so that the entire world can learn them. I wanted to give my relatives, many of whom I never met, back their voices. Please consider using this book in your education programs.
My ten year old recently completed this photo of a girl in Pakistan.
NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Dear friends, It is an honor for me to be at the forefront of a story tradition that belongs uniquely to children of Holocaust survivors. Thank you for inviting us to tell you more: It is a special privilege to follow one son of survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma in my documentary, The Presence of Their Absence. Armed with only scant clues from his late parents, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland, Israel, Germany, and an unlikely source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah. Yad Vashem has called The Presence of Their Absence “a film for the ages”. We are delighted it has come to Digital HD today on iTunes and your other platforms: https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-presence-of-the…/id 1449946652 - The link includes the trailer. You may also try Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Their-Absence-Fred-Zaidman/dp/B07P1C57FL I hope you will view the film, send your thoughts, and consider sharing your personal stories via our private email address on our website (thepresenceoftheirabsence.com), as we plan a new film on trans-generational trauma. With gratitude, Donna Kanter and team