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
The Memory Project Productions was founded in 2008 by Roz Jacobs and Laurie Weisman. Headquarters: New York. Exhibits, films and workshops distributed internationally.
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Through museum exhibits, art, documentary films and educational programs, the organization helps people connect to history and to each other with a particular focus on the history of the Holocaust.

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.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA
02/06/2020
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA

On this day in 1943, Jewish Greeks in Salonika were forced into a ghetto. This educational programme, developed in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, teaches students about historical empathy through the study of the Holocaust in Greece:

Joseph Gani was just a teenager when he was taken from his home in Greece and sent to Auschwitz. He was tasked with a te...
02/04/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Joseph Gani was just a teenager when he was taken from his home in Greece and sent to Auschwitz. He was tasked with a terrible job as a prisoner, and eventually revolted against the Nazi guards. He was killed in the struggle, dying at age 18. Honor his memory by reading about him, and by working to build a kinder world:

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

MJH in NYC -- Museum of Jewish Heritage
02/01/2020
MJH in NYC -- Museum of Jewish Heritage

MJH in NYC -- Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum offers internship programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students throughout the year. Interns work onsite at the Museum.

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01/26/2020
The Memory Project

The Memory Project

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and also the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Every year there are fewer and fewer survivors to tell their own stories, and it is up to us to keep their memories alive.

Take a moment to read about Pinchas Schumacher, whose memory was kept alive by his family, and whose image is preserved in all of the portraits created from his photograph.

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and also the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. E...
01/03/2020
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and also the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Every year there are fewer and fewer survivors to tell their own stories, and it is up to us to keep their memories alive.

Take a moment to read about Pinchas Schumacher, whose memory was kept alive by his family, and whose image is preserved in all of the portraits created from his photograph.

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

Every little bit helps!
12/17/2019
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Every little bit helps!

Remember, when you finish your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile donates to Memory Project Productions Inc at no cost to you!

Remember, when you finish your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile donates to Memory Project Productions I...
12/16/2019
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Remember, when you finish your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile donates to Memory Project Productions Inc at no cost to you!

Take a moment to learn about Simon Gelbart, who is the subject of December's Portrait of the Month. You can also read th...
12/04/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a moment to learn about Simon Gelbart, who is the subject of December's Portrait of the Month. You can also read the amazing story about a family connection made at one of our workshops in Omaha!

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

Greece in Tel Aviv
11/05/2019
Greece in Tel Aviv

Greece in Tel Aviv

92-year-old Melpomeni Dina, one of the Greek Righteous Among the Nations, meets Yossi Mordechai and his sister, Sarah Yanai, whose lives and those of their parents, she and her sisters and neighbors helped to save when Greece was overrun by Nazis.
‘Now I can die quietly,’ says Melpomeni, as she unites with the dozens of descendants of the Mordechai family, in what may be the last-ever meeting of its kind
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-jerusalem-greek-wwii-rescuer-92-reunites-with-jews-she-saved/

This month we are featuring a portrait of Dora Rivkina, a brave young woman who joined a resistance movement and was kil...
11/01/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

This month we are featuring a portrait of Dora Rivkina, a brave young woman who joined a resistance movement and was killed fighting the Nazis at age 19. Honor her memory by taking a moment to read about her life.

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

Have you seen October's Portrait of the Month? Read about Joseph Gani, who died fighting the Nazis in Auschwitz:
10/15/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Have you seen October's Portrait of the Month? Read about Joseph Gani, who died fighting the Nazis in Auschwitz:

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

Take a moment to remember and honor Joseph Gani, October's Portrait of the Month subject. He was killed while revolting ...
10/01/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a moment to remember and honor Joseph Gani, October's Portrait of the Month subject. He was killed while revolting against the Nazis in Auschwitz.

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

Have you seen September's Portrait of the Month? Take a moment to read about Stefania Podgorska, who saved several Jewis...
09/16/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Have you seen September's Portrait of the Month? Take a moment to read about Stefania Podgorska, who saved several Jewish lives during the Holocaust. She passed away a year ago and we honor her bravery and 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.

80 Years Ago - https://mailchi.mp/ec90c15f524a/80-years-ago-3015289 Sharing the story of Wielun, the first town attacked...
09/08/2019

80 Years Ago - https://mailchi.mp/ec90c15f524a/80-years-ago-3015289 Sharing the story of Wielun, the first town attacked by the Nazis, hours before war was declared. Some historians are now calling Wielun "the Polish Guernica." Jack Jacobs' family lived there and this is part of their story.

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09/03/2019
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The Memory Project

September's Portrait of the Month features Stefania Podgorska, who acted heroically as a teenager, saving over a dozen Polish Jews from deportation to concentration camps. Read more about Stefania and about the artist who created this beautiful portrait:

September's Portrait of the Month features Stefania Podgorska, who acted heroically as a teenager, saving over a dozen P...
09/03/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

September's Portrait of the Month features Stefania Podgorska, who acted heroically as a teenager, saving over a dozen Polish Jews from deportation to concentration camps. Read more about Stefania and about the artist who created this beautiful portrait:

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

Take a look at August's beautiful Portrait of the Month, created at Calkins Road Middle School in Upstate New York, and ...
08/01/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Take a look at August's beautiful Portrait of the Month, created at Calkins Road Middle School in Upstate New York, and read about the life of Yehuda Dubner:

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

The Memory Project
07/26/2019
The Memory Project

The Memory Project

Join us in remembering and honoring the life of Meir Weisblum, who passed away six years ago today.

Join us in remembering and honoring the life of Meir Weisblum, who passed away six years ago today.
07/26/2019
Remembering a Righteous Man

Join us in remembering and honoring the life of Meir Weisblum, who passed away six years ago today.

Meir Weisblum is one of my heroes. He passed away six years ago on July 26th. He was 93 years old. On this anniversary of his passing, I want to share with you the story of a heroic, humble man. When I met him he was in his seventies—a very handsome man with deep smile... Read more »

Have you seen July's Portrait of the Month? Take a moment to read about Benjamin Cukierman and to honor his life, which ...
07/20/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Have you seen July's Portrait of the Month? Take a moment to read about Benjamin Cukierman and to honor his life, which ended too soon.

This beautiful portrait was featured in the annual Holocaust museum put on by Westmoreland High School in Upstate New York.

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

07/16/2019
Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem

Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem

16-17 July 1942 | The Vel' d'Hiv Roundup

At dawn on 16 July 1942, some 4,500 French policemen began a mass arrest of foreign Jews living in Paris, by order of the German authorities.

Over 11,000 Jewish men, women, and children were arrested and confined in the Vel' d'Hiv Stadium. They were then sent to concentration camps nearby and eventually deported to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.

Towards the end of the deportations, over 3,000 babies and children were left alone in the camps. These children were deported alone, among adult strangers, in sealed railway wagons, to Auschwitz, where they too were murdered.

Yad Vashem's online exhibition follows the destinies of 3 families living in Paris during the infamous Vel' d'Hiv roundup in 1942.

Learn their fate here http://bit.ly/2xvM1t4

07/08/2019
JFI Presents Edek

Unique and powerful survivor testimony and music video - take a minute to watch this.

Click through to read about July's Portrait of the Month, which was created at Westmoreland High School in NY and featur...
07/01/2019
Portrait of the Month - The Memory Project

Click through to read about July's Portrait of the Month, which was created at Westmoreland High School in NY and featured in the school's annual Holocaust Museum.

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

The Memory Project
06/29/2019
The Memory Project

The Memory Project

We held a great workshop for teachers at the New-York Historical Society last month. Click through to see the portraits they created and read their wonderful reflections on the experience!

The Memory Project
06/28/2019
The Memory Project

The Memory Project

Last month we hosted a workshop in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Click through to read about the workshop and view the beautiful portraits created by students from IS27 in Staten Island!

We held a great workshop for teachers at the New-York Historical Society last month. Click through to see the portraits ...
06/28/2019
New-York Historical Society Teacher Workshop

We held a great workshop for teachers at the New-York Historical Society last month. Click through to see the portraits they created and read their wonderful reflections on the experience!

On May 4th we held a workshop in partnership with the New-York Historical Society for a wonderful group of enthusiastic teachers. The teachers spent the day learning about using art as a primary source for teaching history through various activities, including our workshop. The group created portrai...

Last month we hosted a workshop in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. ...
06/27/2019
IS 27 - Staten Island - The Memory Project

Last month we hosted a workshop in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Click through to read about the workshop and view the beautiful portraits created by students from IS27 in Staten Island!

IS 27 – Staten Island New York, NY Museum of Jewish Heritage May 31, 2019 We had the pleasure of teaming up with the Museum of Jewish Heritage again to host two classes of 7th graders from IS27 with their wonderful teachers, Julia Snyder and Terry Cusmano. We met Julia and Terry at a teacher train...

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA
06/25/2019
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - IHRA

For many, the genocide of the Roma and Sinti is not well-known. This website is the first — and widest — collection of educational resources in Europe which focuses exclusively on the genocide of the Roma and Sinti.
Made in collaboration with erinnern.at - Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust: Gedächtnis und Gegenwart, the Austrian Ministry of Education, and Mémorial de la Shoah.

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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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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