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"The Untold Story of How the Stories Are Told" by Louis Schmidt

Sunday, 31 January, 2021 18 Sh'vat 5781

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.   -    Elie Wiesel, Night

The United Hebrew Congregation (UHC) Singapore invites you to learn about the Holocaust and the process of becoming a Shoah Foundation interviewer.  UHC is proud to host a talk titled “The Untold Story of How the Stories Are Told,” by Louis Schmidt, a Shoah Foundation Interviewer and three-time Emmy Award Winning Producer for the National Football League (NFL; the professional American football league), as he discusses his personal journey to becoming a Shoah Foundation interviewer and reveals powerful and dramatic stories that were told to him.

The talk begins at 9:30 AM Singapore time on Sunday Jan 31st, with opening words by H.E. Sagi Karni, the Ambassador of Israel to Singapore and a 4 ½ minute video produced by Steven Spielberg during which he explains the creation of the Foundation and the role played by Schindler’s List, which can also be viewed here: The USC Shoah Foundation Story - 2017. The talk will last for roughly 40 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes of questions. All people are welcome. Based on parental discretion, children may attend, and in such cases we encourage parents and/or teachers to also join the Zoom call. 

The Holocaust or “Shoah” refers to the genocide that took place in Europe during World War II, in which almost 6,000,000 Jews as well as hundreds of thousands of others including Soviet prisoner of wars, non-Jewish Polish citizens, Roma, gay men, and religious or political opponents of Nazi Germany were murdered.  Although the Holocaust ended in 1945, the world has continued to see other attempts to exterminate groups of people based on reasons such as religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality.  Indeed, even within the past few years there has been considerable hate crime in many developed nations. 

Thinking about genocide can feel overwhelming- and so sometimes we shy away from doing so.  However, learning about the past is important to preventing future genocides. One way to learn is to listen to the stories of real people’s experiences.  Recognizing the survivors as individuals is important to understanding the cost of such atrocities to real people’s lives.   

After winning an Oscar for Schindler’s List, the Hollywood Director and Producer Steven Spielberg started the Shoah Foundation.  In 1994 The Shoah Foundation began carefully interviewing Holocaust survivors.  Interviewers go through rigorous training before they talk with survivors and document histories.

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