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Assemblyman Lancman Presents Awards to Students Documenting Holocaust Survivors’ Stories

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Assemblyman Lancman (striped tie) with Queensborough Community College students at the Kupferberg Center
Assemblyman Lancman (striped tie) with Queensborough Community College students at the Kupferberg Center

Assemblyman Lancman (striped tie) with Queensborough Community College students at the Kupferberg Center

Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) presented awards this week to students who have documented the stories of local Holocaust survivors, keeping their stories alive for future generations. The ceremony was held at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, where the students presented their work.
Each student participating in the Holocaust awareness program conducted an in-depth interview of a specific survivor. The work of documenting survivors’ stories becomes more important every year as the community of Holocaust survivors continues to shrink.
“One of the most important things we can do to prevent another Holocaust is to make sure the stories of those who have survived are not forgotten,” Assemblymember Lancman said.
According to its mission, the project goes beyond just preserving the stories of the Holocaust. It also provides students with lessons in dealing with hate crimes and civic responsibility.
“These students have done tremendous and important work,” Assemblyman Lancman said. “We have to ensure that first-hand accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust are documented today so they cannot be forgotten or contradicted in the future.”
Dr. Arthur Flug, who has led the project for the past seven years at the Kupferberg Center, said that the work done by the students would become part of their generation’s commitment to social justice.
“The interns here today are not simply students completing a program,” Dr. Flug said. They are guarantors to the large community of survivors serviced by the Kupferberg Holocaust Center.  It is through their efforts and the strong support we have received from Assemblyman Lancman that their stories will not be forgotten.”

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