GOA to premiere ‘Names, Not Numbers’ Holocaust docufilm

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, May 28, Golda Och Academy will premiere its “Names, Not Numbers” Holocaust documentary film at Temple Beth Shalom, 193 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. in Livingston. The film screening is open to the entire community. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the program starting promptly at 7:30. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged at www.goldaochacademy.org/nnn-rsvp.

“Names, Not Numbers” is an interactive, multimedia Holocaust project created by educator Tova Fish-Rosenberg that enables students to work with professional journalists, filmmakers and Holocaust scholars to prepare them for an oral history film documentary.

Select high school students in grades 10 through 12 documented the inspiring stories of Holocaust survivors Dr. Stephen Felton of Princeton, Morris Gliklich of West Orange, Gina Lanceter of Upper Montclair, Mark Schonwetter of Livingston and Hanna Wechsler of Woodland Park. A professional filmmaker also captured the students’ journey throughout the project and combined the survivor stories with student testimonials in the documentary film “Names, Not Numbers: A Movie in the Making.”

“It is a tremendous honor for our school to participate in this powerful program,” GOA Head of School Adam Shapiro said. “Our students are taught to recognize the meaning and importance of being links in the chain of Jewish history and few programs help to drive this message home as strongly as ‘Names, Not Numbers.’ It is a project that not only benefits our students, but our entire community at a time when we need to ensure history does not repeat itself.”

“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 GOA