We have a project for you - we want you to make movies! We want you to help make a record of history! In today’s technological society, anyone can become a ‘film maker’. Social media networks are full of digital clips from everyday lives. Imagine if this kind of instant technology was available much earlier, centuries, even millennia before today! We could have the entire history of the human race recorded for posterity - perhaps definitive evidence of who said this and did that, and who didn't! Can you imagine a hidden camera during Noah’s ark construction, or some of Abraham’s conversations with God, or Jacob’s shenanigans? To witness the exodus, King David’s coronation or King Solomon’s grand opening of the temple - I'm guessing the old Hollywood blockbusters would pale in comparison to the actual event!
However, in this digital world we live in, we can’t go back in time with our cell phone cameras and recapture moments of even our own childhood. Instead we rely on pictures, stories told by our family and friends, and our own personal catalogue of memories - some we may care to forget and others we love to remember over and over. Recalling our personal history is important to help us know where we have come from, why we are the way we are, and hopefully to help us move forward without repeating some of our more ‘infamous’ moments!
And the same is true for history in general. Remembering history seems to be a key to not repeating its catastrophes. We just need to check out Israel’s history in the Bible to see the example of this written out for us: their enslavement in Egypt was because the Egyptians forgot about Joseph; Judges came and went, as did Kings and prophets, while turn about, the people forgot God’s miracles in their history, had disaster come upon them, God sent a deliverer, and slowly the people forgot once again...and so on. But God has a remedy for this cycle: Deut 11:18-21 - in context: “Remember your history!!”
But what if your friends, your family, began to say your history, certain events in your life never happened? You may have memories, pictures, or even other physical evidence, but all this was overlooked. You are told these things are fabricated and this part of your life never existed!Holocaust survivors remember history. Indeed it is indelibly printed on their memories and for most, impossible to forget. And yet in some places, this part of history is being erased, removed from school curriculums, publically decried by various world leaders as a fanciful creation, cited by some community leaders as not ‘politically correct’ to discuss publically in fear of offending other cultures.
Helping Hand Coalition are combating this attempted historical erasure by working with other organisations to compile a video history of stories from Holocaust survivors and the soldiers who helped liberate people from the Concentration Camps in Europe. They know time is limited for this project. Of the Jewish minority that survived the Holocaust, there are around 500,000 left with us. According to statistics from HHC, on average, their number is reduced every 15 minutes or so. It is estimated that within 5 years their numbers will be halved. But you can make a difference! By recording the stories of the survivors and soldiers in our communities, we will be making history available to all those who come after us, or even more pertinently, to the children of today!
Your People My People actively supports the work of Helping Hand Coalition, working with Holocaust survivors in Israel, providing essential aid and assistance to these elderly people. They are collecting their stories. Their histories are being remembered, their stories are being listened to and recorded. And you too can be involved in this process. Are there elderly Holocaust survivors or soldiers in your family or community whose story you could record? Maybe you have Jewish work colleagues whose grandparents or parents were survivors or victims, during WWII who would be happy to share their accounts? If we all do a little, a lot of history can be preserved! Any digital recording device can do it. To get more information or to be involved, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.