By George J Elbaum
Though I encouraged my wife, an artist, to get a website some years ago for her art, I nevertheless resisted her encouragement to get one for my recent book, “Neither Yesterdays Nor Tomorrows – Vignettes of a Holocaust Childhood.” While giving her all kinds of reasons why a website was not necessary, deep down I suspected the real reason was inertia, that most-powerful force in human affairs. However, when a newspaper interviewer asked about it and my plans for speaking in schools about the human face of the Holocaust, that was the tipping point: as in writing this book, I said “yes” and made a move the next day. Having survived the Holocaust, I hope to be true to the last few lines of my book: to “somehow convey, to even a small degree, our experiences, our feelings, our loss and our hope to a new generation, and to inspire them to convey it onward. The first responsibility is ours….”
Through this blog, I hope to focus not so much on my presentations as on the reactions of the middle and high school students who, I hope, will be my primary audience. It is, after all, their reactions and their take-away that will determine the value of what I have managed to convey onwards.
Hey I loved your story thankyou so much for comming to my school I really apreciated it again thanks!
Thank you for coming to my school and sharing your story with me and the other children. I loved it. I think your story will be passed on by the kids who listend and it will be heard and understood.
Thank you very much, Honour. It’s feedback and understanding such as yours that encourage me to keep visiting schools and talking with kids.