Our program “Life, Story” was developed out of the realization that things we can do today we won’t be able to do tomorrow. “Life, Story” enables each of us to gather testimonies from Holocaust survivors, and turn them into a story to be told to future generations.
In this program, we connect you with a Holocaust survivor who is interested in passing on their memory to future generations. We will guide you on how to collect testimonies thoroughly and sensitively and will prepare you to become speakers in your Zikaron BaSalon events – in your home or at work – to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust remains alive.
The testimonies are from survivors, but you are their voice. You are not a vessel, but an echo that resonates into the future.
4 personal meetings with the Holocaust survivor. Documenting and writing the testimony and presenting the testimony at a Zikaron BaSalon event.
4 group training sessions, and one final session to present the stories of the survivors.
The training culminates in a Zikaron BaSalon event, and ends with a concluding session the following day.
Because many Holocaust survivors feel uncomfortable telling their stories to their children and grandchildren. Because many family members feel uncomfortable sharing their parents’ stories with the public. Because many stories need professional help in editing and preparing — so that we can keep telling them.
It’s our duty, as a society, to take on this responsibility and not leave it to someone else.
Holocaust survivors survived the darkest time of human history. They inspire us. They empower us. Through their life stories, we can learn about the past, and work together so that the atrocities they experienced will not happen again. It’s our mission to keep telling the stories of the Holocaust after they are no longer among us. This is an opportunity to take part in a special project that is important, interesting and contributes to society.
Yes. Everyone can help in promoting the mission of passing the torch of memory. At this stage, the program is aimed at companies and businesses, and will soon be available to the public.
Absolutely! Many hosts also give the testimonies in their own events. It’s a very special and exciting experience.
No worries – we will walk you through all stages of the program, from learning the story, to building and eventually presenting it. Most Zikaron BaSalon events are intimate and communal, and you can choose who you want to share the story with.
That’s for you to decide. You can stay in touch with the Holocaust survivor you met during the program, or we can guide you on how to end your contact with them. Their story will continue to live with you.
What kind of support do we receive during the program?
It’s completely natural to feel this way. This is exactly what we talk about in our first training session
This program trains future speakers for Zikaron BaSalon events.
Today, the speakers are usually the survivors themselves or their descendants. In this program we also invite people who are not descendants to get to know a story and pass it forward in living rooms. It’s our responsibility.