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NJJFF presents Liberation Heroes - Shared screen with speaker view
Harriet Sepinwall
01:11:39
This film was similar to the 1992 film “The Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts”, and included the testimonies of several African American veterans who had “encountered” a just abandoned concentration camp, Did you see that film narrated by Lois Gossett Jr, and Denzel Washington? The African American veteran in your film was also in that film; grateful that the USC Shoah Foundation took his testimony. as he no longer is alive, but his testimony, those of the others in your film now will be accessible to all. He was a h.s. principal in Philadelphia,and I was privileged to meet him and hear him speak to students and teachers many times...and he was honored by the NJ Commission on Holocaust E duration. film
Sandy Gervay
01:13:01
The above mentioned Veteran and Liberator is Leon Bass. To see his testimony, please visit USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive Online for free - https://vhaonline.usc.edu/login
Harriet Sepinwall
01:18:18
Yes! Leon was amazing, and dedicated his later life to speaking out, especially to young students of color. The USC Visual History Archive is available to all, and an important resource to counter Holocaust denial and enable people to learn from those whose testimonies can teach s so much about what took place.... Thank you for this important Archive... and this special film! Archive
Allan Brauner
01:20:16
I am here thanks to the American Army liberation of Gunskirchen
Allan Brauner
01:20:42
My father was liberated there
Sandy Gervay
01:21:11
Thank you, Harriet. For people who would like to learn more about USC Shoah Foundation, please visit: http://sfi.usc.edu
Sandy Gervay
01:26:12
You can learn more about the collections in USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive here - http://sfi.usc.edu/what-we-do/collections
Sandy Gervay
01:27:07
To learn more about what USC Shoah Foundation’s Educational Programs, please visit: http://sfi.usc.edu/what-we-do/education
Magda Feig
01:28:23
I am watching this with my mom Magda Feig who was in Auschwitz and Brunthal labor camp. Thank you for passing this information to future generations.
Sandy Gervay
01:30:02
To all the people on the call today with family connections to this history: Your continued commitment to the history and memory is inspirational!
Monique Richardson
01:34:48
Those of us who are Second Generation and the leading edge of the Boomer generations are also nearing the end our lives. We are the first receivers of testimony.
Sandy Gervay
01:35:48
For your information:Anyone can access USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive Online for free - https://vhaonline.usc.edu/login
ava and steve
01:37:15
can you talk about the museum that has holograms of survivors that answer questions
Sandy Gervay
01:38:33
Go to sfi.usc.edu to find out more about Dimensions in Testimony Exhibit at the National WWII Museum featuring Alan Moskin.The Opening Ceremony was live-streamed from the USC Shoah Foundation website on Feb 4, 2021.http://sfi.usc.edu/events/dimensions-testimony-liberator-alan-moskin-virtual-opening-ceremony
June Beallor
01:38:50
For more information on Dimensions In Testimony - https://sfi.usc.edu/dit
June Beallor
01:40:37
Also at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center - https://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/abe-ida-cooper-survivor-stories-experience/
Mark Baranek
01:49:37
this is an incredible link!!
Mark Baranek
01:49:41
https://remember.org/gunskirchen-intro.html
June Beallor
01:49:56
What a powerful reunion!
Mark Baranek
01:51:54
my Dad’s mom survived
Mark Baranek
01:52:29
his father died in Auschwitz and brother in Treblinka
Gina Goldman
01:52:30
This is amazing. Does everyone understand what is going on. Martin was liberated by Alan! They are meeting for the first time
Sandy Gervay
01:52:54
Martin’s full testimony is available on USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive: https://vhaonline.usc.edu/login
June Beallor
01:53:32
Did Martin know ahead of time that the war was coming to and end?
Beverly Weinstein
01:53:46
very emotional we are very thankful for this group to set this up
Lisa Malamud
01:53:56
Martin was on the death march from Auschwitz-Birkenau which left on January 18, 1945. He was transported to Mauthausen and were marched to Gunskirchen. He went initially to Wels before being smuggled into Italy. He spent a few months at Santa Maria al Bagno. He left there on an illegal ship to Palestine which was intercepted by the British. He then went to a camp on Cyprus before getting legal papers to enter Palestine. He then fought in Israel’s War of Independence before emigrating to Canada when he realized his mother had survived and they were reunited through the Red Cross.
Mark Baranek
01:53:56
June, he did not
Kathy Loesberg
01:54:21
looks like Martin wrote a memoir
Kathy Loesberg
01:54:23
https://www.amazon.com/Determined-Memoir-Martin-Baranek/dp/1478797207/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
June Beallor
01:56:49
Hello Martin’s Grandson and family!
Martin Baranek
01:57:45
We forgot a great grandchild and another on the way too
Martin Baranek
01:59:16
We’re going to sign off - thank you all very much, and thank you to Alan!!!
Sandy Gervay
01:59:33
Thank you, Martin, and Family!
Lisa Malamud
02:00:01
Mr. Moskin: If you give us your address, we will make sure Martin signs a copy of his book, “Determined” and we will mail it to you…
June Beallor
02:00:24
Lisa we will connect you off line.
Lisa Malamud
02:04:42
Only 12 states require Holocaust education in the high schools, but this year national legislation was passed. “The Never Again Act” requiring a certain amount of Holocaust education… Claims Conference statistics show a woeful lack of knowledge about the Holocaust among all Americans, especially millennials.
Sandy Gervay
02:05:50
Teaching about the Holocaust and Liberation definitely requires specific resources. To access testimony-based educational resources about liberation, resilience, tolerance and more, please visit USC Shoah Foundation’s award-winning educational platform at https://iwitness.usc.edu
Sandy Gervay
02:06:37
We remain in very close touch with the WWII heroes in the film and they actually continue to work with USC Shoah Foundation - because they have been so active in speaking to organizations they have come to reflect on their experiences from a different perspective - but the traumas and pain are still present.
Barbara Starr
02:06:45
Some high school texts have only a paragrapr[h on WWII
Sandy Gervay
02:07:07
Go to sfi.usc.edu to find out more about Dimensions in Testimony Exhibit at the National WWII Museum featuring Alan Moskin.The Opening Ceremony was live-streamed from the USC Shoah Foundation website on Feb 4, 2021.http://sfi.usc.edu/events/dimensions-testimony-liberator-alan-moskin-virtual-opening-ceremony
Sandy Gervay
02:07:52
Barbara, here is more info: To access testimony-based educational resources about liberation, resilience, tolerance and more, please visit USC Shoah Foundation’s award-winning educational platform at https://iwitness.usc.edu
ava and steve
02:07:53
Having been on the March of the Living two years agoI found this film to be very well done and should be shown to all kids in schools.
Sandy Gervay
02:08:20
Thank you everyone!!
Mark Baranek
02:08:39
thank you !!!
Mark Baranek
02:09:12
planned ! thanks Lisa
Sandy Gervay
02:09:52
Thank you, everyone, for joining us!
Sandy Gervay
02:10:55
You are Welcome! Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses