A Holocaust Journey: Lessons We Learned, directed by Lisa Reznik, presents a group of students who traveled to Berlin/Poland with the aim of trying to comprehend the reality of the Holocaust.
To honor the 25th Anniversary of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at College of Saint Elizabeth, Dr. Harriet Sepinwall and Dr. Margaret Roman spent two years planning a travel mission for students at this Catholic college in Morristown, NJ.
Professor Sepinwall invited Pinchas Gutter, a survivor of 6 concentration camps, to travel with the group to share the experiences of his family in Poland during the Holocaust. Students from the college, children of survivors, and members of the local community traveled together in 2016 to Germany and Poland.
We filmed the reactions of the students and interviewed them two years later about their experiences traveling with their professors.
A Holocaust Journey: Lessons We Learned captures the voices and perspectives of this group of students, offering a meaningful record of the intensive learning and emotionally draining experience.
The film introduces the key themes of the difficult history of the Holocaust in a manner that resonates with young people. In response to the continued interest in and need for Holocaust education, our story captures the voices of the participants as they step into history in an experiential manner. Our film about this rich educational journey can help audiences understand the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping that lead to the Holocaust and discuss how those remaining silent and indifferent to the oppression of others were factors in how this devastating genocide occurred in the 20th century.