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Meeting a Holocaust Survivor Inspired Illinois Students to Establish Genocide Museum

Aaron Elster, survivor (Photo: screen capture/ Illinois Holocaust Museum)

At the age of 86, Holocaust survivor and public speaker Aaron Elster passed away, but Elster’s story lives on in the hearts of students who got to hear him tell his story. Writing at Tablet Magazine, Gretchen Rachel Hammond reports:

With Elster’s story and challenge reverberating in their minds, the eight students formed a club they called Be the Change, drawing the name from one of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s most quoted lessons: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” …

Over the course of four months, the students developed tri-folds and websites which, through a combination of photographs and survivor stories, were devastating in their impact. To add extra weight, a physical object representing each genocide was crafted including the landscape of skulls left by Pol Pot, a portrait of a family extinguished in Bosnia, and a bloodied doll representing a child of Armenia’s forgotten genocide.

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