This essay, a combination of research and reflection, provides a brief background of early efforts at educating young people, particularly Jewish teens, about the murder of six million Jews during World War II, known as the Holocaust. It provides a description and analysis of one storytelling and place-based response to concerns about those educational experiences, March of the Living. We endeavor to answer the questions: (a) What are some difficulties associated with efforts to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust? (b) What are the political agendas of those wishing to keep that memory alive? and (c) How is March of the Living’s place-based storytelling approach more effective than were other attempts to further those political agendas? This article serves as a reflection and prolegomenon for in-depth research into the preservation of political and cultural narrative at a time when virtual reality compromises our human connections with people and place.
Weissberg, Leon and Schnur Neile, Caren
"Never Forget: March of the Living and Place-Based Holocaust Storytelling,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 11
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol11/iss1/10