(ABOVE) Following SFI's Voices of the Second Gen program, Second gen Shoshana Haas discusses a personal anti-semitic vandalism experience with HERC Executive Director Barbara Goldstein and educators. 

(RIGHT) Second gen writers Naomi Chase, Ethel Holzmann and Shoshana Haas

Second Gen voices have impactful presence in Tallahassee

 

BY STACEY GOLDRING
Voices of the Second Gen

 

Two inspiring second gen experiences took place during the Holocaust Education Resource Council's annual educators' conference in mid-June at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The day began with an introductory writers workshop that was opened to the Tallahassee second gen community. The private discussion was rich and enlightening with second and third gen in attendance. 

 

Later in the morning, second gen writers from Jacksonville presented their work to conference attendees, which included dedicated elementary, middle and high school Florida educators. The importance of the second generation experience is validated by its inclusion in the HERC conference. Following SFI's Voices of the Second Gen program, Second gen Shoshana Haas discussed a personal anti-semitic vandalism experience with HERC Executive Director Barbara Goldstein and educators. 

 

In the future, the second gen will be the primary stewards of Holocaust education, as it is vital that they are understood in this role laden with complicated responsibility. However, it must also be made equally clear that the second gen are also individuals, sui generis. The writing workshop experience is an effort to mine this identity and explore its personal, academic, historical and cultural importance. 

 

A big thank you goes out to the Tallahassee writers workshop participants, the passionate unstoppable HERC Executive Director Barbara Goldstein, in addition to Facing History and Ourselves Senior Historian Dr. Mary Johnson, Conner and Company's Emily Conner, SFI's Stephanie Goldstein, the admirable HERC conference educators, HERC volunteers Jonathan Grant and Tiffany Webster and Jacksonville second gens Naomi Chase, Shoshana Haas and Ethel Holzmann. 

 

The HERC educator conference experience underscores that the effects of the Holocaust manifest generation to generation, giving deeper meaning to l'dor v'dor.