LAMOTH's Share Our Stories Project connects students from under-resourced schools with Holocaust Survivors for conversation, learning, and exploration. Students visit the Museum for a customized tour of LAMOTH, including personal exploration maps and breakout reflection sessions. Holocaust survivors and Museum staff then visit the schools, giving students the opportunity to hear a survivor's life story and engage with the survivor in the classroom. Finally, students participate in a reflective art workshop, working with survivors to create art responding to the survivor's narrative.
Students from the following schools have participated in Share Our Stories since its inception in 2014: Prairie Vista Middle School, Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, Locke High School, and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).
Many students have been profoundly moved by getting to know a Holocaust survivor. One student wrote in a thank you note, “We are really lucky students because as [our teacher] told us we will be the last generation to be meeting the survivors and that is truly an honor. I will always have in my heart and I will be able to share the stories the survivors shared with us with the future generations.” Another student wrote, “They were so kind which was truly inspirational to me because I was able to see how after everything they had to live through they were still happy people which made me realize that it does not matter what one is put through there are always reasons to smile. “
Share Our Stories Project is supported by a generous grant from the Max H. Gluck Foundation.
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