Never Heard Never Forget Set - Volumes I and II
Memory is a precious human gift and a significant Jewish value, but unless memories are recorded they will be forgotten. Since its inception, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has been engaged in recording oral histories of Holocaust survivors. Survivors’ memories of that genocide are indelibly planted in their minds and are evoked through thoughtful, probing, nonjudgmental questioning, and active and sympathetic listening. Each survivor oral history enriches and supports the historical record by adding a crucial component to the collective memory of the Shoah.
Survivor testimonies help to counter Holocaust denial—the effort to murder the victims a second time by obliterating the truth of their experiences. We must also still contend with those who minimize, distort, and downplay the Holocaust. Firsthand survivor accounts aid in dispelling such disinformation and misinformation. They also become an important aspect of family history. They provide vivid testimonials as to family roots and histories, and can lead to intergenerational discussion and genealogical exploration.*
Never Heard–Never Forget Volumes I & Volume II commemorate victims and survivors of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied territories of the former Soviet Union (FSU). Volume II has over 135 newly published personal and family narratives of Chicago-area Holocaust survivors’ experiences, written in both English and Russian, with archival photos and documents. These compelling accounts were collected by volunteers, descendants of survivors, and CJE SeniorLife’s Holocaust Community Services.
Proceeds from both volumes of the book will go to Holocaust Community Services at CJE SeniorLife for assistance to Holocaust survivors from the FSU and to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for ongoing efforts to document and share the history of the Soviet Holocaust experience.