EDUCATORS INVITED TO TEACH TOLERANCE ON
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY (May 5, 2005)
Ollendorff Center For Religious and Human Understanding
Offers Free School Discussion Guide for New PBS Documentary
Next May, as millions of Americans mark Holocaust Remembrance Day,
educators are invited to teach lessons of tolerance, courage and hope
by sharing the story of a timeless letter written by a loving mother just
days before she died in a concentration camp.
On August 24, 1942, Valli Ollendorff wrote a farewell letter to her only
surviving son knowing that she would not escape her fate in the
Thereseinstadt camp. Lost for nearly 50 years, the letter mysteriously
arrived in 1985 when her son was 79 years old.
A new PBS documentary, "Fate Did Not Let Me Go," narrated by Martin
Sheen and Liv Ullman chronicles the true story of Valli's letter and its
long journey across continents and generations. More than a mother's
goodbye, the letter's message of hope and love transcends the tragedy of the
Holocaust and stands as a triumph of the human spirit in history's darkest
The Ollendorff Center for Religious and Human Understanding has created a
free School Discussion Guide with five
Classroom Activities (PDF) designed to assist educators in sharing this
extraordinary story with their students. The documentary and companion
educator guide will help spark poignant discussions about the personal
impact of the Holocaust and inspire students to promote tolerance in their
To view or download the School Guide, click on the links below.
Educational institutions can order the DVD and book of "Fate Did Not Let Me Go" for free by emailing email@example.com. (Please include your educational affiliation and complete contact information). Gifts of the Fate DVD and book to educational institutions are made possible by a grant by the Landon Sawyer Foundation.
- To purchase the DVD of “Fate Did Not Let Me Go,” visit www.shopterra.com
or call toll free 1-800-723-9479.
- To purchase the book of “Fate Did Not Let Me Go,” visit www.epelican.com
or call toll free 1-800-843-1724.
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