Witnessing Holocaust History: From Generation to Generation 

WE ARE HERE! Project for Upstanders

Awarded a US Government Funded Cultural Grant in 2019

In Partnership with HAMEC, WAH!, and World ORT

Witnessing Holocaust History: From Generation to Generation 


The Maccabean – 5 February 2021

The Cape Jewish Chronicle – 3 February 2021


World ORT

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021: ORT students feel ‘moral duty’ to share survivors’ stories

The Partisans’ Song compilation:


The full recording of the program:

Individual School Videos

Maria O, ORT Tekhiya Moscow


Candle Lighting


ORT Mishpatheinu Kazan Russia

Алексей Першагин
Here are some translations in Google translate:
Pupils of the 10th grade of ORT “Mishpahteinu” became participants in the international project Holocaust Remembrance Day Project, in which the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (Philadelphia) and the “WE ARE HERE!” 💪🏻
As part of this project, the children had the opportunity to communicate with people who survived the disaster and take part in the final festive concert dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Our tenth graders were not just spectators of the event – the hymn of the Jewish partisans “Zog Nit Keyn Mol” performed by them was selected as one of the numbers of the concert. You also have a unique opportunity to enjoy the singing of our guys and their leader, Alexei Eduardovchia Pershagin, by going to IGTV 😍
2. Youtube video
Special thanks to those who took and are taking part in the #WeRemember promotion. 

Ellenbrook Secondary College & Carmel School joint choir – Perth Australia –  in Yiddish, Hebrew, English and Noongar indigenous language

Director – Stuart Rhine-Davis, arrangement – Suzanne Kosowitz and translation into Noongar – Jesse J. Fleay.

Herzlia School Cape Town – the performance in Yiddish, Hebrew & English for SABC TV

Arrangement: Cantor Ivor Joffe

Documentary on Simcha TV / SABC TV produced  by Heather Blumenthal

Witnessing Holocaust History – In The Press



ORT Kishinev Moldova



Press Release International Remembrance Day 2021

Herzlia School, Cape Town, South Africa 

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, World ORT, and the WE ARE HERE! Foundation have partnered this year to provide an international experience of Holocaust education and remembrance to students around the world. This is an international project that commemorates the Holocaust and also provides opportunities for global Holocaust education, engaging the next generation of learners.

Combined choir – Ellenbrook Secondary College & Carmel School, Perth, Australia

The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center will provide Witness to History Survivor Testimony programs to World ORT, the global education network driven by Jewish values, where students will have the opportunity to engage directly with a Holocaust survivor and hear their stories. These students will also, through the WE ARE HERE! Foundation, learn the importance and legacy of the Partisans’ Song, and join together globally through sharing that music in their own languages. The Partisans’ Song, the song of hope, is the legacy of the partisans and the survivors.

Join us on 27 January 2021 for a special broadcast program which will showcase the testimony shared with the students, allow them to describe and share their experiences with each other, and connect globally through the harmony of learning experiences and the singing of the Partisans’ Song.

Bielski Partisans’ Reunion, Naliboki Forest, Belarus

Other information about partner organizations:

World ORT: ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values. Since 1880, ORT has transformed lives through training and education. It now reaches 300,000 people a year in more than 30 countries. ORT provides a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity, bridging the gap between ability and opportunity.

WAH!: The objective of our WE ARE HERE! project is to promote Human Rights and Social Justice through the principle of choosing to be an Upstander. Our focus is on language, literature, music, film, the arts, and other cultural forms. We feature the Partisans’ song, long revered by Holocaust survivors, including to this day. The very words embrace the understanding of what it takes to be an Upstander, and not a bystander. The message is relevant today both in the school yard, the sports field, and on the internet, to counter discrimination and cyber bullying.

HAMEC: Our mission is to educate students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. Our Educational Programs serve the five-county area of Greater Philadelphia and beyond. We offer a variety of educational programs, including eyewitness testimonies, personal interactions with eyewitnesses, two live theater performances, and docent-led museum tours.

Schedule of Events for the Broadcast on 27 January 2021

  • Introduction of each partner organization by a spokesperson (live)

  • Clips/short segments of Witness to History speaker testimony (pre-recorded)

  • Student reflection and impact statements on shared experience of listening to survivor testimony (pre-recorded?)

  • Brief explanation of the historical and present significance of the Partisans’ Song (live)

  • edited compilation of the Partisans’ Song being sung in different languages (pre-recorded)

Participating ORT Schools for January Event

Country/ City Timezone School
Mexico/ Mexico City CST CIM-ORT
South Africa/ Cape Town SAST Herzlia
South Africa/Johannesburg SAST King David Victory Park High
Bulgaria/Sofia EEST Dimcho Debelianov Hebrew and English Language School
Netherlands/ Amsterdam CET JSG Maimonides
Spain/Madrid CET ORT Colegio Estrella Toledano
Russia/ St Petersburg MST ORT de Gunzburg Secondary School # 550 “Shorashim”
Russia/ Samara SST Samara ORT Secondary School# 42, “Gesher”
Russia/ Moscow MST ORT Tekhiya, Center of Education # 1311
Russia/Moscow MST ORT Moscow Technology School, Gymnasium # 1540
Russia/ Kazan MST ORT “Mishpahteinu” Secondary School # 12
Ukraine/ Chernivtsi EEST ORT Specialized School #41
Ukraine/ Kiev EEST Kiev ORT Educational Complex #141
Ukraine/ Odessa EEST ORT Secondary School # 94
Ukraine/ Zhaporozhie EEST ORT “Aleph” Jewish Gymnasium
Moldova/ Kishinev EEST ORT Technology Lyceum
Estonia/ Tallinn EEST ORT Tallinn Jewish School
Latvia/ Riga EEST ORT Network Jewish Secondary School
Lithuania/ Vilnius EEST Vilnius Sholom Aleichem ORT School

August 21  – IAJGS Conference – Philadelphia USA

WE ARE HERE!  website

WE ARE HERE! Foundation – selected images from previous events, 2016-2020  

Edith Cowan University, Perth event.  & Muizenberg High School, Cape Town
Ground Breaking Ceremony, Lost Shtetl Museum, Shaduva, Lithuania
Multi Cultural Event, Perth, Australia
Bielski Reunion, Naliboki Forest, Belarus
WE ARE HERE! Foundation event, Carmel School, Perth, Australia
King David ORT High School event, Linksfield, Johannesburg, South Africa
Televised Herzlia School & Highlands House event, Cape Town, South Africa
Ellenbrook Secondary School event, Perth, Australia
Atzalynas School event, Kedainiai, Lithuania
Atzalynas School, Kedainiai, Lithuania
Atzalynas School Kedainiai, Lithuania
Atzalynas School students, Kedainiai, Lithuania
Sholomo Aleichemo ORT School, Vilnius, Lithuania
IAJGS Warsaw, Poland
Carmel School, Perth, Australia
ECU University, Perth, Australia
International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
Kristallnacht Commemoration, Perth Modern School, Perth, Australia
ORT Moscow