In the words of Judy Meisel “One Person can do a Lot”
This teacher’s guide accompanying the documentary Tak for Alt will assist you and your students in better understanding the complexities of Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel’s struggle for life and her fight to defend the human spirit. We want students to walk away from the experience of viewing the film feeling that they have come to know Judy personally. As a Holocaust survivor, Judy experienced one of the darkest chapters of human history. Many who lived through this time are unable to share their past. We are fortunate that, through her hope for and belief in humanity, Judy finds the strength to share her testimony with us.
Many of us will never experience the wide range of human goodness and depravity that Judy’s story encompasses; we can, however, listen to Judy’s testimony and learn how every action taken in life, no matter how big or small, how full of color or seemingly insignificant, will make a difference in someone else’s life. It is our goal to provide an accessible and immediate route for teaching students about the history of the European Holocaust. We want to help students understand that the Holocaust should not simply be relegated to the category of a “history lesson.” Our hope is that Tak for Alt will change the way you and your students view the world and your place in it. Judy’s example of selfless service proves that “one person can do a lot” to make the world a better place. Her story prompts each of us to take actions in our communities that uphold the principles of respect, tolerance, and personal responsibility and that help to ensure the survival of the human spirit.
Beth Seldin Dotan