Cemented in History

Max Kamean
Dec 9, 2018 · 2 min read

A Wild Card Project

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Max Goodman with his sister, Berta, and her daughter, Lily

The following video is my “Wild Card” project. It highlights the journey my family took to get to where we are today. The journey begins in 1907; along the way we encounter both the good times and the bad. It was only through our strength in faith and connection with one another that we were capable of bouncing back from losing everything.

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Within the video, I emphasize my family and the Holocaust. As Jews we must make sure we never forget the events that transpired in the late 1930’s and early-mid 1940’s. I feel confident, if the audience visualizes the atrocities committed by the Nazis and the plight of the Jews, they will have a greater understanding of why our Jewish identity is so strong and so important. The story of Max Goodman should never be lost in history, it should be passed down. L’dor v’dor, from generation to generation in Hebrew, we must keep his memory alive and his spirit with us.

I include a multitude of family pictures stretching back all the way to the 1920s. Through these images the viewer is able to see how Max, Carol, my dad, and I all changed over time. Personally, my favorite pictures are those of Max before the Holocaust. They depict the kind of lifestyle he lived and the manner in which he carried himself while living in Europe. Pictures were not nearly as popular back then as they are now, yet he seems to continuously find himself in front of a camera. My goal was to provide an impressionable visual for the future generations to insure they comprehend both the gravity of the Holocaust and their deep rooted connection to Judaism.

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