Generation After: A Living Testimony

14 Aug

Members of Generation After with Holocaust Survivors

The Holocaust as a subject matter is very hard to comprehend.  It is not the most popular subject to learn in school, nor is it subject matter that most people would normally choose for leisure reading (or viewing). There are the inevitable, complicated questions we still have, and the answers are equally complex. They can be found, though, in the testimony of the lucky few who survived and are generous and brave enough to share their stories with us.

Children of survivors, “second gens” as we call ourselves, have a group in the Sarasota-Manatee area that was created five years ago as part of Dr. Helen Fagin’s legacy, the GENERATION AFTER group, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. We hope to pick up the torch and continue to raise awareness of the Holocaust and related issues.  You can read more about the group here:

We are the only 2nd gen group in this area that have a website of which we are very proud.  We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the site attracts 1,200+ visitors per month. People from over 20 countries visit the site. This shows that there is an interest, even a hunger for Holocaust information. The site has also facilitated a re-connection between a Generation After member and family members of people who saved his father. The web is indeed a powerful tool and the Holocaust still attracts interest after sixty-seven years. One thing we found rather surprising is there were not too many visits to our site from our own Sara-Man area and we could only conclude many folks may not know of our existence. We invite you to take a little time, visit our site and get to know us. Read Dr. Fagin’s legacy and know that we are doing what we can to make it a reality, “from this depth of darkness a new light–one of peace, of tolerance and of understanding, reverence for life and human dignity for all men, women and children of the world.”  A tall order, but if not us, who, and if not now, when?

Orna Nissan is the Director of Holocaust Education and Israel Programs at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and a member of Generation After. 


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