Over 250 people attended the screening of Yeshiva University High School for Girls’ twelfth-grade Holocaust memorial film documentary project, “Names, Not Numbers.” Thirty-two seniors were privileged to interview and film eight survivors: Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld. a participant in the Kindertransport; Professor Carla Beeber, a member of the famed Finzi-Contini family; Mrs. Fay Brandwein, who fled the Brody ghetto; Rabbi Chaim Schwartzblatt, a partisan; Mrs. Alice Bodner and Mrs. Chaya Rubin, survivors of Auschwitz; Mrs. Margot Zarny, who was hidden in a convent; and Mrs. Lyuba Abramovitch, a partisan.
“Names, Not Numbers” (NNN) is a copyrighted oral history film project and curriculum created by Yeshiva University High Schools’ Tova Fish-Rosenberg. The curriculum transforms traditional history lessons into a lively, interactive, nontraditional program that involves individuals who have actually lived through the history being taught. Students acquire documentary filmmaking skills, interview and film eyewitnesses, and ultimately create a Holocaust oral history film documentary that will become a permanent part of the National Library of Israel, Yad Vashem, and Yeshiva University’s Gottesman Library.
“Names, Not Numbers” has been produced 40 times over the last decade throughout the United States and Canada, with more than 1,500 middle school and high school yeshiva students interviewing more than 300 Holocaust survivors. Besides YUHSG, other schools who participated in NNN include Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan, Moriah Day School in Englewood, Yeshiva Central Queens, and Yeshiva Har Torah in Queens, SAR in Riverdale, HAFTR in the Five Towns, Hillel Torah in Chicago, Emery Weiner School in Houston, Margolin Yeshiva in Memphis, and Netivot HaTorah in Toronto. v