About forty years ago, the Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Friends of Greater Washington initiated a program called “Remember a Child” in an effort to memorialize the children in their families who had not survived the war. There were few, if any, physical remnants of their short span on Earth. The Survivors launched the project to provide pre-bar/bat Mitzvah families with the names and limited biographical details of their own young relatives, who had been annihilated before they reached bar/bat Mitzvah age. It was their hope that recipients would incorporate these “lost children’s” names into their bar/bat Mitzvah. Families received a certificate, documenting this “match” with a young Holocaust victim.
Today, online registries and databases have enabled the us to broaden the scope of the program. Names of children from many communities and countries impacted by the Holocaust can now be provided to individual families, Jewish day school and supplemental educators and synagogue administrators, so that these otherwise “lost” children’s names can be recovered, remembered, and respectfully memorialized.
In 2015, the Survivors’ group passed this wonderful program to The Generations After, Inc., the Washington, DC, group for children of Holocaust survivors. With our long commitment to Holocaust education and commemoration, we assumed responsibility for continuing the Remember a Child program. We provide key information about the life of the matched child and, when possible, include bibliographic references, citations, or links to enable families to conduct even more in-depth independent research. The generations can thereby “communicate” with each other, and perhaps the tragically curtailed lives of those one-and-a-half million children will inform the lives of subsequent generations.
To participate in the Remember a Child program, be matched with a child Shoah victim, and receive a Scroll of Remembrance for your bar/bat Mitzvah, please click here. PLEASE ALLOW A MINIMUM OF ONE MONTH FOR US TO RESEARCH YOUR REQUEST AND PREPARE YOUR CHILD’S CERTIFICATE.
The Generations After, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your generous, tax-deductible contribution will enable us to continue to offer this meaningful program. The minimum contribution for this service is $72, and we appreciate any contributions above this amount. If the $72 donation is a financial hardship, a scholarship is available. After defraying the expenses associated with this program, donations will be channeled to various organizations, such as Blue Card, that provide direct services, aid, and support to needy and aging survivors. Thank you so much for participating in Remember a Child and adding this meaningful dimension to your simcha. Mazal tov!
View the Participation Request Form for Individuals.
View the Class or Group Participation Request Form. Please note that a minimum of 6 must participate to be considered a class or group and each member must complete a separate form.
Make a donation to support the Remember a Child Program.