As a way of remembering it is important not to forget how the human race has allowed injustice and depravation to target specific ethnic or religious peoples. If we look back into our own past, it is possible to find that such discrimination has come into our lives or the lives of our families.
My name is Julie Kohner and I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. In 1990 I created Voices of the Generations as a way to preserve and share the memories of Holocaust survivor stories. My mother, Hanna Kohner, survived four concentration camps including Auschwitz. She passed away in 1990. Since then it has been my passion to tell her unique story of love overcoming evil against the backdrop of World War II Europe. Her experience was also the basis for an early 1950’s television program, the first to tell a survivor’s story. It is my hope that people of all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds will be moved and inspired by her story and the stories of other survivors and their children, known as second generation. This will keep the memory alive.
Voices of the Generations, Inc., is a non-profit organization with a mission to bear witness as a second generation. In as little as ten years there may no longer be a Holocaust survivor to share their stories in person.
In 1953, my mother was the first non-celebrity featured on a national television program, This Is Your Life, and her story of surviving the Holocaust was a first for the early days of television. I am fortunate to own a copy of this television program that I share with my audiences, along with the experiences of my parents as survivors and myself as second generation.
As a non-profit organization, Voices of the Generations is able to offer our programs to public schools, community centers, and places of worship at no cost. We are developing new programs dedicated to the voices of children of Holocaust survivors, second and third generation, called Echoes of the Past. With Echoes of the Past, we will be creating new presentations, curriculum and multi-media programs to bring their stories to a diverse audience.
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