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Keeping Holocaust survivors' memories alive

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Keeping Holocaust survivors' memories alive
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The Holocaust began more than seven decades years ago this week and those who can remember the horrors are likely in their 80s. In the next 20 to 30 years most of, if not all, of the survivors will have passed away. Our Allison Lazarz talked with members of the local Jewish community about how this could affect the way future generations learn about the Holocaust.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- "I'm Jewish and every Jew knows the story of the Holocaust. This is something very, very painful for Jewish people, generally," said Sanford Sternlicht, an English Professor at Syracuse University.

As survivors of this disturbing historic event pass away, we lose the ability to ask questions to those who lived through it.

Sternlicht has given dozens of lectures on the Holocaust. He says an important part of keeping survivors' history alive is through archives, like the ones Steven Spielberg has worked to collect over the years.

"Spielberg has put a lot of money into arranging for an archive of remembrances, an archive of survivor stories. People are going to be telling them their stories for generations because of the Spielberg Collection," said Sternlicht.

Sternlicht also says it's important for teachers to be pro-active in making sure students have access in the future to the stories that remaining survivors are telling today.

"We have to make the archives available, visual and auditorial. We have to take students on trips to the various memorials and it mustn't be forgotten," said Sternlicht.

This week, events are being held at Syracuse University's student center to raise awareness about the Holocaust. Organizers say video and audio recordings are one of the strongest ways to preserve survivor stories.

"Thanks to the phenomenal world of video and today, the DVD and three-dimensional, where you feel like you're in the room with a person. I believe that we've been able to preserve many of these experiences," said Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport, director of the Chabad House.

The night the Holocaust began, also known as Krystal Nacht, was exactly 71 years ago this week on November 10th, 1938.


Event: Showing of "Defiance"
When: November 10
Time:7:45 p.m.
Location: Watson Theater on Syracuse University's campus

Event: Talk on "Evil and the Proper Response To Evil"
When: November 11
Time: 7:45 p.m.
Where: Watson Theater on Syracuse University's campus

Event: Information Table and Book Display
When: November 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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