Facing History and Ourselves



Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford


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Taken from the May 4th issue of Mabat, a weekly publication by the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater West Hartford:

Schechter's 7th grade students decided to create a beautiful structure on the school's campus in remembrance of the Holocaust. The structure specifically addresses the generations that thrived after the horrific genocide. Students have designated "Our Legacy Lives On" as their working title. Their multi-layered sculpture will feature life-castings of their hands from which plants will grow, symbolizing the growth and beauty that has thrived after such a terrible event as well as their own personal journeys as Jews today. The students want this memorial to not only have personal meaning, but to be a beacon of hope to the viewer; even through devastation, rebirth and growth is possible. The students were influenced by Andy Goldsworthy's monument at The Museum of Jewish History and the Miami Holocaust Memorial. They are currently in process of casting their hands, and the next step is full construction of the 4-tiered cement structure.

In November, the students had the opportunity to meet with our partners at Facing History and Ourselves, and they have continued to discuss their work and thoughts on the project. Facing History sent a videographer, and the students became a part of the organization's promotional video for this grant project. This is the video that they put together that features our students and some of their work.