PITTSTON, Pa. – VIA Public Media has received a grant of $8,000 from the Robert Spitz Foundation.
Because of the generosity of the Robert Spitz Foundation Grant, VIA Public Media, in partnership with the Holocaust Education Resource Center (a division of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania), will continue the Holocaust Symposium Archive Project during the Holocaust Symposium in Scranton, PA in May.
VIA is committed to preserving the voices of the Holocaust survivors so that children in the future can learn from their unique and highly personal stories of pain and hope, fear and strength, and ultimately triumph over evil. Unfortunately, as the number of survivors of the Holocaust dwindles, the reality that their message could be lost becomes a vital concern. In May, VIA will return to the Symposium to film interviews with the survivors, thus preserving their stories, their messages, and their calls to action for future use. In separate 30-minute interviews with survivors, VIA will record their personal accounts of endurance during one of the greatest tragedies known to mankind. Additionally, and unique to this year, VIA will also film individual students' reactions to the survivor testimonies in order to document and explore the emotional impact the testimonies have on our children. It is the hope of all involved to make sure the belief "Never Again" is continued for generations to come.
The Robert H. Spitz Foundation is administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
The Robert H. Spitz Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Robert H. Spitz was born in Scranton and was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Central High School and the University of Miami, Florida. Before retirement, Spitz had been employed by the U.S. Department of Labor and was also the owner of several local Arby’s restaurants. The Robert H. Spitz Foundation was established from his estate in 2015. To date, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation has provided over $1.3 million in funding to the community.
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Photo Caption: VIA Public Media receives grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation. Pictured: left to right: Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO Scranton Area Community Foundation, Administrator of Robert H. Spitz Foundation & Kirsten Smith, Grants & Education Officer, VIA Public Media.