3GNY’s WEDU (We Educate) is an educational initiative to empower grandchildren of survivors to learn and compellingly share their family's Holocaust experiences with students and community groups.
Developed under the guidance of Facing History and Ourselves, along with support from Yad Vashem, WEDU prepares participants to learn and teach their family stories.
WEDU is a powerful contribution to Holocaust education:
- URGENCY: As the population of Holocaust survivors declines, their stories should not be lost with them. Now is the time to take responsibility for these stories.
- PERSONAL: As a living link to our grandparents’ stories, we are in a special position to elevate the individual experience from the collective. We create a personal connection to history.
- RELEVANCE TO ALL: The Holocaust serves as an instructive entry point for examining prejudice today. This program will make connections between historical events and issues of intolerance and persecution that remain with us.
- SOCIAL ACTION: In a multicultural society, we all have a stake in challenging assumptions. This program will actively engage students to think about ways to confront intolerance and prejudice.
Our ability to share authentic stories allows us to connect with people from different backgrounds and levels of understanding. This creates dialogue and inspires students to explore their own family history as an entry point to understand world history.
Since 2010, WEDU has
- Trained over 150 descendants of survivors
- Visited over 100 classrooms in the tri-state area
- Impacted over 5,000 students of all ages in public and private schools
We aim to provide and pair two speakers per classroom visit to offer multiple experiences and complimentary presentations. Classroom presentations include a formal presentation followed by a Q&A for students and teachers to have a dialogue and connect history with current events, intolerance and injustice.