Two girls--hand in hand.
Their experiences spanning over 90 years.
One a Catholic, one a Jew.
One a teenager, one a great-grandmother.
Both with a sweet spirit
With eyes that glistened with
Humanity and love,
But also with fun and mischief.
This simple gesture...
This taking of a hand.
As Rebecca grinned and said,
"I can move a little faster if someone will give me a hand."
And the young girl answered,
"I've got you."
That gesture, that moment
That is what the truth is...
Two girls from very different worlds
Hand in hand,
Experiences spanning over 90 years.
Where once there was hatred
and division and the other...
Now there is a bond.
Their stories are forever linked
By a smile, by a hand, by a simple,
"I've got you.”
Holocaust Educators Network North Carolina Summer Seminar for Educators
June 26, 2015
Teacher Juanita Ray, who took this photograph, was inspired to write a poem about it (see sidebar).
Esther Lederman speaks to students at East Chapel Hill High School
Chapel Hill, NC
September 9, 2015
Duke Coalition for Preserving Memory: Name Reading Ceremony
Duke University, Durham, NC
April 12, 2015
Reading of the Names
Lerner Day School, Durham, NC
April 16, 2015
70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz
The Cedars, Chapel Hill, NC
January 26, 2015
"50 Children" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Levin Jewish Community Center, Durham, NC
April 7, 2015
Holocaust Remembrance Day: "Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act"
Fort Bragg, NC
April 28, 2015
"One Survivor Remembers" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Elon University, Elon, NC
April 15, 2015
"Memory and Survival of the Holocaust: Everyday Life in the Terezin Camp in Czechoslovakia"
Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
January 27, 2015
NC Civic Education Consortium Teacher Workshop: “Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear, Prejudice & Anti-Semitism During WWII.”
NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
August 6-7, 2015