Echoing Voices: History Unpacked
Students unpack the story of a local eyewitness from a suitcase, creating a human connection with the past. Suitcases include video testimony, photos, and artifacts, with suggested activities to assist educators in integrating Echoing Voices into their existing curriculum. In addition to physical suitcases, Echoing Voices is also available digitally.
Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor — Provides the perspective of a young adult girl in Czechoslovakia, newly married, and building a life with her husband, Ernst. Both are deported to Terezin then to Auschwitz.
Werner Coppel, Holocaust Survivor — Provides the perspective of a German male teenager who experiences the rise of Nazism firsthand and is then deported to Auschwitz with his Jewish youth group and escapes during a death march.
Henry Fenichel, Holocaust Survivor — Provides the perspective of a young Dutch boy who goes into hiding with his mother, is discovered, and then sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where they are both later placed on Transport 222 to Palestine.
Anne-Willem Meijer, Non-Jewish Resistance — Provides the perspective of a non-Jewish boy who participated in resistance activities, aiding Jews in hiding with Corrie ten Boom. These resistance activities are described in the book and film The Hiding Place.
Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor — Provides the perspective of a young German Jew who was a violin virtuoso deported to Auschwitz, using music to persevere.
Bella Ouziel, Holocaust Survivor — Provides the perspective of a young Greek girl who experiences ghettoization, is sent to Auschwitz, and after surviving a death march, is liberated at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Elmer Reis and Milton Schloss, U.S. Army liberators — A combined story providing the perspective of two American soldiers from Cincinnati who participated in the liberation of Ohrdruf concentration camp with the 3rd Armored Division.
Zahava Rendler, Holocaust Survivor — Provides the perspective of a young Jewish Polish girl hidden during the war in an underground bunker, then eventually a convent where her father finds her after the war.
Matt and Anneliese Yosafat, Holocaust Survivors — A combined story providing the perspective of a young German girl and a young Greek boy who separately go into hiding with their families. Meeting in America after the war, the two marry after bonding over similar experiences during WWII.