The USC Shoah Foundation – Institute for Visual History and Education has announced a $10 million grant from the Koret Foundation to develop and implement a new global Holocaust educational curriculum.
To be developed in partnership with the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, the testimony/music curriculum is expected to reach twenty-five thousand educators and eight million students around the world through educational programming and tools, professional development opportunities, and live, virtual, and immersive performances.
Hold On To Your Music and the initiative were inspired by the story of Lisa Jura, the mother of concert pianist Mona Golabek, who as a child was one of ten thousand Jewish children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport, a mission to save Jewish children threatened by the Nazis. "I'm honored to partner with USC Shoah Foundation and profoundly grateful to the Koret Foundation for their transformational support, enabling us to tell my mother's story of resilience and survival as never before," said Golabek, who told her mother's story of survival and resilience in The Children of Willesden Lane (co-written with Lee Cohen). "Together, we will reach an unprecedented number of students around the world — students from every background, culture, and circumstance — to remind them that with courage and an open heart, their dreams will inspire and make a difference. We must always cherish the stories of man's humanity to man."
"USC Shoah Foundation is a leader in Holocaust education with proven impact throughout the world," said Koret Foundation board president Anita Friedman. "Hold On To Your Music and the story of the Children of Willesden Lane is a story of resilience and hope that inspires all of us to learn more about the lessons of the Holocaust. We are gratified to provide major funding for this interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional educational initiative and are proud partners in this global effort."
(Photo credit: Koret Foundation)