Teaching the Holocaust from a Third-Generation Experience

On April 7, 2020, Hebrew University alumni gathered virtually to discuss the Holocaust from a Third-Generation perspective. In advance of Yom Hashoah, Hebrew University alumna, Rachael Cerrotti, led the conversation with over 30 participants. Rachael shared her journey of following her grandmother’s story during the Holocaust, how it impacted her life, and the Hebrew University’s profound influence on her and her career. Participants were riveted by Rachael’s superb storytelling, and discussed issues such as what does it mean to be a child or grandchild of a Holocaust survivor.

Rachael is a Boston-based, award-winning multidisciplinary storyteller and educator. Her work focuses on exploring the intergenerational impact of memory and migration. For over a decade, she has been retracing her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story and documenting the reverberating impact of WWII. In the fall of 2019, she released a podcast, titled We Share The Same Sky, about this story. The podcast was the first to be produced for the USC Shoah Foundation and listed as one of the best podcasts of 2019 by the Huffington Post.