This week our students had the opportunity to meet Dov Matz, both a Holocaust survivor and the chairman of the Haifa Committee for the Designation of the Righteous Among the Nations. Mr. Matz explained the complicated process of recognizing and honoring individuals who attempted to save or rescue Jews during the Holocaust.
He also told us about his childhood in Holland and what it was like when the Nazis invaded his country. Mr. Matz and his family were all in hiding throughout the war, but only he and his older brother survived. It was amazing to listen to him list the dozens of people who helped him and his brother survivor throughout the war as he recounted the many individuals, families, and resistance workers as they hid throughout the duration of the Holocaust. As researchers, many of our students arrive to our program because of their personal connections to this material, and it is clear to see how Dov Matz relates his work as the chairman of the Haifa Committee for the Designation of the Righteous Among the Nations to his personal connections to rescue in the Holocaust. We are proud to bring fascinating people like Dov Matz to be a part of our students’ experience in our program.