Lesson

A Generation's Obligation to Remember

Overview

What does it mean to be a third-generation descendant of Holocaust survivors? By viewing the short film “B-2247” and answering the following connections questions, students will consider this and other questions regarding obligation, memory, and family that are raised by this story of a granddaughter’s relationship with her family’s past.

Activities

Show the film “B-2247: A Granddaughter’s Understanding” to students, then share the connection questions to guide their note taking. In this film, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors reflects on her path from a young girl curious about the tattoo on her grandfather’s arm to an adult with a deep sense of obligation to share her grandparents’ stories with the world.

Connection Questions

  1. Before sharing her grandparents’ stories, Sara Greenberg tells us, “A family’s history will echo from generation to generation as stories from the past are retold.” What does it mean to say that a family’s history echoes? Are there events from your family’s experiences that echo in your life?

  2. What questions did Sara, as a young girl, ask about her grandfather’s tattoo? How do her questions change as the film progresses? How does she answer those questions for herself?

  3. Why was it such an important event for Sara’s grandfather to record his testimony for the USC Shoah Foundation? What does Sara’s grandfather want to tell the world?

  4. Sara’s family decided to visit her grandparents’ hometowns in Eastern Europe. What do you think they hoped to find? Other families choose never to return. What is at stake in that decision?

  5. Early in the film Sara says, “I knew where my grandparents came from. I knew about what they had suffered. But everything seemed so far away. So distant. So difficult to relate to.”  Can you think of a time when you felt that a story or event was difficult relate to? Based on what you have seen, what helped Sara connect with her family’s story?

  6. What is an obligation? Why does Sara feel that her generation, the third-generation descendants of Holocaust survivors, has an obligation to transmit their grandparents’ stories?

  7. The phrase “never forget,” recited by Sara at the end of the film, has become associated with the history of the Holocaust. What would be lost if people forgot? What are the different ways people might respond to the call to “never forget”?

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