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Names Not Numbers©

Conceived by Tova-Fish-Rosenberg, Names, Not Numbers is a project that matches 8th grade students with Holocaust survivors in order to conduct interviews and create a documentary film around their process. Spanning a full-year, and in conjunction with Lawrence Middle School, HAFTR students apply for entry and, if accepted, are assigned a survivor. Students research the survivor using books, the internet and a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. They compose their own questions for the survivor. The students learn video interview techniques from a professional filmmaker, including practiced use of the hi-tech equipment. Using documentary film tools, they conduct an interview with their survivor, edit their own work with assistance from a professional, and complete their own documentary film project.

The student project culminates in a celebration with a gala movie premiere with the community and participants invited. Additionally, the final documentary product is archived at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center, and Yeshiva University.

For more information about Names Not Numbers ©, please contact Mr. Joshua Gold at