Fading Numbers

by Adam J. Deutsch, Tribe Contributor

“Zayde, what are those faded numbers on your arm?â€?

Without completely understanding, I quickly realized that I had revived painful memories of Auschwitz as tears slowly ran down my grandfather’s cheek. Little did I know, back when I was 6 years old, that my grandfather’s ability to tell his story would change my life.

Presumably, it would be safe to assume that everyone is educated about one of the most well-documented events in history. But in fact, many Jews, especially those of my generation, are either misinformed or uninformed about the Holocaust. Surprisingly, I know of very few Jewish day schools or high schools that offer a Holocaust education course.

In my own 10 years in Jewish day schools, every year for Yom HaShoah, a Holocaust survivor would come and tell us his or her story. This year, as Yom HaShoah approaches, my school, YULA, an Orthodox high school, will be taking the entire high school to the Museum of Tolerance, which, like YULA, is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.