Correction: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is in Washington, DC An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect location.
Free programs that will teach families of Holocaust survivors how to collect the artifacts and oral history of their loved ones will be broadcast live Wednesday to all who register for the access code.
Experts from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, will talk about the importance of recognizing and preserving artifacts and interviewing people who lived through the Holocaust before the last generation of survivors left. Each letter, diary, photo, film, testimony or object will help the museum to tell future generations in an unprecedented way what happened so that it does not happen again.
Relatives will also hear about opportunities to sign up for private sessions to trace their families and learn the fate of other loved ones.
Michael P. Ross will open Wednesday’s presentation at noon. Her father, the late Stephan Ross, survived 10 concentration camps as a child and, after being released from Dachau, asked to be one of the orphans in Boston. He wanted to find and thank the soldier who shared the food rations and was kind to him from his tank, the first step in Ross’s journey to becoming human again.
Ross made it his mission to speak to schools and civic groups, telling them what it was like and how he survived. His story reached the soldier’s children after their father died, and they welcomed him into their family. Towards the end of his life, Ross led a campaign to build the Holocaust memorial, and the documentary about his life, “Etched in Glass” aired on RI PBS.
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His son, a former Boston alderman and museum board member, is presiding over the event. To obtain an access code, register on the museum calendar page for New England collections at www.ushmm.org.
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