The members of 3GNY know this and, to facilitate this important effort, created the We Educate (WEDU) program. Developed under the guidance of Facing History and Ourselves, along with support from Yad Vashem, WEDU prepares participants to better learn about their own family stories and then teach these stories to others. 3GNY, through this program, has fostered a team of grandchildren of Survivors that are regularly called upon to share their family stories in schools across New York.
Inspired by their intrepid initiative, 3GDC recently brought representatives from 3GNY for a month long WEDU training program. Me and nine other 3GDCers took part in this program. Through the course of four two-and-a-half hour courses, we shared our family histories and stories. We honed our story telling skills and crafted our presentations. We shaped our spiels to more effectively commit to memory in those that we teach the lessons of history we are there to share. And, more importantly to me, helped foster a community where we could support each other and share in the uniqueness of being the grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor. In the coming months and years, we hope to share our families’ stories with area schools to lend a more personal look into their lessons on World War II and the Holocaust.