How the Shoah Foundation Works

Reaching Students

Students accessing the Visual History Archive via Internet2
Students accessing the Visual History Archive via Internet2
Photo courtesy Shoah Foundation

CEO of the Shoah Foundation Doug Greenberg told HowStuffWorks, "For a long time, people said, '...this is just stuff about the Holocaust, and you say that what you're really about is overcoming prejudice, intolerance and bigotry. But it's really just about the Holocaust and it's not really going to connect with kids who don't personally connect with the Holocaust, who aren't Jewish.'" They were wondering how the Foundation would use the visual histories to truly turn the survivors and witnesses into teachers. How was the Shoah Foundation going to go about addressing the big problem, which is not the Holocaust but instead is racism and violence?

The answer to this can be seen in the many educational programs and products the Foundation has created. With 10 documentaries and 16 educational tools already under its belt and more on the way, the Shoah Foundation has a lot to be proud of. In the next section, we'll take a look at two examples of their work.