We can't let the next generation forget one of the darkest periods of modern history.
“The Holocaust” was the systematic murder of over 11 million people – six million Jews and five million citizens who were of other faiths, homosexuals or viewed as disabled or "unfavorable" – at the hands of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party, during WWII (1939-1945).
The early warning was the singling out of Jews with a number of arbitrary restrictions: Their businesses, homes and civil liberties were taken away, and they faced increasing violence. Many were forced to live in ghettos.
Under Hitler’s “Final Solution,” deportations began in 1941. As part of his plan to “cleanse” Europe, Jews, Roma gypsies, disabled persons and political dissidents were sent to concentration, labour and extermination camps. The treatment they faced in these camps usually led to death.
Can we stand by idly and allow future atrocities? How can we educate younger generations, and ourselves, to recognize the signs of impending danger and prevent injustices to others?
Margaret’s Legacy’s mission is to keep the story of the Holocaust at the forefront of our minds, so its important lessons are never lost on future generations.
Our youth must learn to identify the hatred and bigotry that can lead to genocide in a constructive and proactive way.
Margaret’s Legacy's first initiative was the documentary, 'Margaret and Arthur’s Story', a non-denominational and informative video created to educate children about tolerance and the baseless hatred that led to the Holocaust. Geared toward an elementary and middle school level, this video has been shown at countless public and private schools around the world. It is an incredible resource for those with little to no background knowledge of the Holocaust.
The documentary was produced by Margaret and Arthur’s granddaughter, Danna Horwood, who was struck by a question from her 11-year-old daughter Sari after Margaret’s passing in 2008: “Why don’t I know Grandma’s Holocaust story?”
It hit Danna that future generations will not know any holocaust survivors, and made it her mission to document her grandparent's story so no one would ever forget.
Although the film was intended for a younger audience, students in high school and adults alike have benefited from screening the film as well.
Since this initial project, Margaret's Legacy has been actively working with educators and other talented professionals to develop unique curricular content that will engage students in meaningful and thought provoking dialogue when accompanied by the video.
Margaret’s Legacy is actively expanding educational tools and outreach initiatives that support young learners in the most current and relate-able way.
A major focus is on social emotional development and other crucial challenges in today's school systems and society at large.