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SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE ACTION: FROM THE USHMM
Young people have a voice and personal agency. During the
Holocaust they found ways to oppose fascism and find like-minded
friends—even Jewish youth under Nazi persecution, even young Americans on
the far side of the Atlantic.
The stories below showcase the power of youth movements and include a
striking example of young artists banding together today, in support of
peace in their country.
Images: Five members of the Hashomer Hatzair Zionist
collective in Zarki, Poland, 1942. USHMM,
courtesy of Leah Hammerstein Silverstein; Lodzia Hamersztajn in
Zarki, Poland, 1942. USHMM,
courtesy of Leah Hammerstein Silverstein; Walter Meyer recorded
this testimony in 1996. USHMM;
The front page of the December 20, 1938, Harvard
Wu/Harvard Crimson; Gad Beck (right) poses with his sister,
Miriam, on the day of his Bar Mitzvah in 1936. USHMM, courtesy of Gad Beck; A festival
held by activist youth group Ana Taban, Juba, South Sudan, 2017. Courtesy of Ana Taban;
Members of the White Rose student resistance group, at the east railroad
station in Munich, on the day the men departed to the Eastern Front for
military service. George
J. Wittenstein (akg-images.co.uk)