WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, May 28, more than 350 people attended the film premiere of Golda Och Academy’s “Names, Not Numbers” Holocaust documentary film project held at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston. The event was the culmination of the year-long, intergenerational project, created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg, in which students in grades 10 through 12 learned interviewing, filmmaking and editing skills to document the courageous stories of Holocaust survivors Dr. Stephen Felton, Morris Gliklich, Gina Lanceter, Mark Schonwetter and Hanna Wechsler.
Prior to the film premiere, the “Names, Not Numbers” students and their families attended a private dinner with the survivors and their guests. It was a unique opportunity for students and survivors to reunite and further strengthen the bonds between the generations.
“Names, Not Numbers” is run under the direction of Erin Sternthal, Golda Och Academy’s marketing and communications associate, and Upper School social studies teacher Michael Stern. During the past 15 years, more than 200 projects have been completed through “Names, Not Numbers,” documenting stories of more than 1,800 survivors and WWII veterans by more than 6,000 students in the United States, Canada and Israel. The films have been accepted into the archives of the Jewish National and University Library of Israel in Jerusalem and are being archived at Yad Vashem and the Gottesman Library at Yeshiva University.
Photos Courtesy of Erin Sternthal