Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Eran Zelixon, a senior at Bedford High School has been named one of the Museum’s Student Ambassadors for 2019. The honor was in coordination with the Massachusetts History Day competition and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
With his original performance about the role of music in Theresienstadt, a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, Eran placed second in the 2018 Massachusetts State History Day performance category and then competed in National History Day at the University of Maryland.
Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application process for students who competed at the National History Day competition. Each year, eight students become official Museum Student Ambassadors with the responsibility to identify local WWII veterans, Holocaust survivors, or Home Front workers, and collect their oral histories. Those histories are archived in the Museum’s collection to be preserved in perpetuity.
About the Student Ambassadors’ Oral History Project
Since the program launched in 2015, the National WWII Museum’s Student Ambassadors have collected over 100 oral histories in communities across the country.
“We’re losing our World War II veterans at a rapid rate, so the stories and memories of the Greatest Generation have never been more valuable,” said the Museum’s student programs specialist Adam Foreman. “We’re thrilled to have the most dedicated students around the country helping us collect these personal accounts. Through this effort, the Museum teaches students valuable skills, including conducting interviews, writing, and audio and video technology – all while developing tangible connections in individual communities.”
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About the National WWII Museum in New Orleans
Since its founding, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has collected nearly 10,000 first-person accounts of the war that changed the world. The collection of oral histories not only serves as a cornerstone for current and future exhibitions but will serve as an invaluable source for historians, researchers, filmmakers, and future generations.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. The 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ award ranks the Museum No. 8 in the world and No. 3 in the nation.
For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.
Correction: The name of the concentration camp Eran studied is Theresienstadt, not Terezin as originally printed. Terezin is the Czech name for the town where the camp was located.