Holocaust Remembrance

April 24, 2017
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In this OVEE we will explore stories of the children of the Holocaust including survivor Max Steinmetz, who now resides Birmingham, Alabama.

Video Descriptions

Why Should We Remember?

8 minute Holocaust documentary created in association with Witness Pictures for the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center.

Meeting Max: A Holocaust Survivor's Story - "Auschwitz"

Luke, a high school student, has become interested in learning about the Holocaust after watching historical black and white footage. He partners with Alabama Public Television to film an interview with Max Steinmetz, a Holocaust survivor, with hopes of going beyond the history books. Max tells a compelling story of being rounded up and sent to Auschwitz where he is separated from his parents and sister. He never sees them again. Luke grapples with his own emotions as he hears this first-person account of the extermination of Jews at Auschwitz. He comes to realize that old black and white footage of the Holocaust is a record of real people who suffered as Max suffered. He comes to realize the enormity of suffering caused by the Holocaust.

Meeting Max: A Holocaust Survivor's Story - "Slave Labor"

Luke, a high school student, has been working with Alabama Public Television to film and interview Max Steinmetz, a Holocaust survivor. Max's parents and sister were killed at Auschwitz, but he and his brother were spared and sent to Dachau, the oldest concentration camp. Why were they spared? Luke hears Max's tale of being used as a slave laborer for Nazi Germany. Although they worked every day, they are not fed enough and are threatened with hanging on the gallows for any minor offense while they struggle with starvation. Max even has to face the Camp Commandant when he is caught stealing food. Luke realizes that the Jews were not only being exterminated, but were also used as slave labor for the Third Reich, and that life as a slave was a day-to-day fight to survive.

Holocaust Remembrance: Reading of the Names

For Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC invites volunteers and visitors to read the names of people who were killed during the Holocaust. The ceremony is held each day in the Hall of Remembrance during the museum’s week-long Days of Remembrance commemoration.

40 minutes minutes


  • Beth R. Stewart

    Digital Content Producer, Alabama Public Television

  • Kathy Heiman


  • Amy McDonald

    Amy is a teacher at Shades Valley High School, where she currently teaches AP U.S. History and Holocaust Studies. In December 2013, Amy travelled to New York to receive the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education. In 2014, Amy was accepted into the U.S. Holocaust Museum Teacher Fellowship Program, which is held in Washington, D.C. After completing this program in July 2015, Amy is recognized as a Teacher Fellow of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2017, Amy authored the book, Determined to Survive: A Story of Survival and One Teacher’s Passion to Bring That Story to Life. This book details the life and experiences of Holocaust survivor, Max Steinmetz, who currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Ann M. Mollengarden

    Ann M. Mollengarden has served as the VP, Education Coordinator at the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center since 2003 where her duties include: planning and implementing biennial, state-wide teacher workshops, Birmingham teacher training and programming, developing Holocaust instructional materials for teachers, facilitating BHEC Teacher Cadre, coordinating BHEC Teacher Scholarships, and coordinating annual Holocaust Film Series. She is also the Education Coordinator for the Alabama Holocaust Commission (AHC) in which she is responsible for coordinating activities of the 4 regional education coordinators in the state.

  • Mike Gadilhe

    Michael Gadilhe is completing his 27th year at John Carroll where he has been teaching a Holocaust Studies class since 2012. He owes his interest in Holocaust studies to Dr. Andre Millard at UAB. Michael took a series of courses( beginning in 2010) on WW2, and Dr. Millard’s classes opened his eyes to the complexities of the Holocaust as well as making him aware of the necessity of keeping the memory alive for this and future generations. Michael believes that learning about the Holocaust affords students the opportunity to confront issues that continue to affect everyone- peer pressure, stereotyping, prejudice, racism, and blind obedience. Gadilhe is a member of the teacher cadre sponsored by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and has been the recipient of two Brenda and Fred Friedman Teacher Scholarships given by the BHEC. In November 2016, Michael received the Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education. The award is presented by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

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