Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day
As a capstone to my minor in Jewish Studies, I photographed and interviewed Holocaust survivors in Atlantic County, NJ (Spring 2010). I worked with the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. These images were originally taken to be published as a continuation of Portraits of Resilience: Holocaust Survivors of South Jersey.
Many people view the Holocaust as some far-off event in history that has no connections to their lives today. Not everyone that I interviewed was at a concentration camp, but a few were. Not everyone still has a tattoo on their arm from when the Nazis forcibly engraved numbers on them. I barely scratched the surface with my interviews and wish I had had the chance to learn from these ordinary heroes on a deeper level. As our world continues on and new world news events happen daily, we must not forget our past.