The generation of Holocaust survivors is dwindling and when today’s young children are old enough to have a conversation about the Holocaust, they may not be able to actually meet a survivor and hear their testimony. I Met a Survivor captures the importance of the younger generation’s interactions with Holocaust survivors before it is too late.
The concept for this book was borne from the ponderings of a member of the Jewish community who approached the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Community Stories department, wanting to initiate a project that could help her start a conversation about the Holocaust with her own, now very young, children.
Introducing the Holocaust to young children can be difficult, but these photos, one day, can be a way to start that conversation. When these children, who are representative of all children, are of an age to learn about the Holocaust, they will have the photos in this book to look back on, to make the connection, and say “I met a survivor.”
I Met a Survivor is a 145 page soft-cover book that features photographs taken by photographer Nadine Saacks of 52 Holocaust survivors with young children, and abridged versions of the survivors’ stories and inspiring quotes.
An exhibition of the photographs from this book are currently on display at the Museum. Click here for more details.