OUR STORY

In April of 2011, 24 teenagers and four chaperones departed for Poland as members of the Cincinnati Delegation of the March of the Living. These 28 individuals would become the originators of Project6Million.

Group Hug

Over the course of eight days, each of us was faced with the harsh realities of the Holocaust and forced to confront their emotions. We dove into the darkest parts of human history and emerged with a new sense of purpose. Our lives had been transformed permanently.

While the rest of the world enjoyed a normal week, each one of us had our lives altered. With this newfound drive, we were determined to take action. We recognized that it was our responsibility as Jews and our civic duty as human beings to do our part to ensure that nothing such as the Holocaust could occur ever again. As we searched for the answer to our insatiable desire to make a difference, we could not help but to be repeatedly astonished by the scale of everything we had witnessed. Whether it was the sheer size of a camp, the number of victims forced to share a small barrack, or the amount of items in a museum exhibit, we could not escape the fact that every number was so incomprehensibly large.

And so on May 2, 2011, in a room on the third floor of a Krakow, Poland hotel, Project6Million was born. Though the idea has been developed tremendously since its inception, the roots remain the same. We hold sacred our vision of creating a Holocaust memorial that depicts the number six million, individually, as to honor each individual of the six million Jewish lives lost. We will always remember the night the project was first shared, and how we collectively crunched numbers for hours that evening figuring out how large such a memorial would have to be. It was truly a special moment.

Since then, the process of bringing Project6Million to life has given us the privilege of discussing our mission with many brilliant minds and, from this, the global, digital movement was hatched. We were dared not only to create a memorial, but to also take action to make the world a better place. As we partner with March of the Living, where it all began for us, we are excited to bring a process to extend the impact and meaning of awareness for people. As they have moments of shift, we help them capture it and turn it into meaning in their lives and the world. Project6Million creates a bridge from that moment of intense emotion to an empowering way to communicate, take action, and make it multiply in people's lives long after the moment.

This is only the beginning for Project6Million. We have lofty, yet attainable goals. Our present is focused on uniting the moments of impact for people into meaning and connection, and we have future plans to reach further throughout the globe, all under the Project6Million umbrella, and all helping to create a better world.

Join us.
Project6Million needs you and the world needs Project6Million.

Regards,
The Project6Million Team

Project Leaders/Originators Team

 

2011 MOL Cincinnati Delegation Trip Members

 

Web and Graphic Design Team

 

Project6Million thanks the following upstanders for donating their time and talent to bring the P6M vision to life:

Peppi Dotan
Tedd Friedman
Colin Nourie
Ted Nourie
Gil Kaufman
Sarah Weiss
Jesse Reed
Shawn Jones
Chris Evans
Troy Hitch

Brandon Sosna
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Brandon.Sosna@Project6Million.org

I, Brandon Sosna, join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because I am human. As the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, my existence is a miracle. My family history allows me to understand the depths to which people can fall when good men do nothing. The story of the Holocaust is mostly defined by incomprehensible amounts of death and destruction. I believe that with knowledge of what can happen if we do not take action, combined with the sheer number of lives taken during the Holocaust, we can visualize a world in which the same number of people are united to make positive impact. I have that vision the vision of more than six million people rallying together to perform collectively 685 years of community service. We must prove we have learned our lessons, because if not, history will repeat itself, as it does to this very day. We draw the line here, now, today. I stand up because I believe with everything I have that the world will stand up with me. I will fulfill this commitment by sharing Project6Million with countless others in an effort to inspire more than six million people to take action in honor of the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered during the Holocaust.

AJ Goldhoff
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
AJ.Goldhoff@Project6Million.org

I, Aaron Goldhoff join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because of my heritage and my ancestry who have fought to keep Judaism alive in my family. I am doing this because it is my duty to my family and to all the Jews in the world who will never get the chance to stand up and fight against the intolerance in the world. I will fulfill this commitment by being a part of this movement and sharing it with everyone I know so that nothing like the Holocaust ever happens again.

Jeffrey Silverstein
Shnat Netzer Leadership Program, Jerusalem, Israel.
Jeff.Silverstein@Project6Million.org

I, Jeffrey Silverstein join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because the promise of Never Again must be taken seriously, because I love my people, and because I will never allow them or any other people suffer as my own family once did. I will fulfill this commitment by working tirelessly with Project6Million to activate 6 million people to stand together and act together for a better future.

Sarah Singer-Nourie
Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sarah.SingerNourie@Project6Million.org

I, Sarah Singer-Nourie join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because it’s my obligation as a human, a minority and a model for others. I have been moved, haunted and empowered by witnessing the concentration and killing camps in Poland, even in their remains. I’m committed to doing whatever I can to prevent discrimination and get closer to a world that won’t tolerate genocide or the insidious power of intolerance and what it can lead to. I will fulfill this commitment by raising aware and tolerant children, championing the 6Million movement of awareness and action, helping to create a public, powerful memorial in Cincinnati to the 6 million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust lost and urging as many youth as I can to go on MOTL (including my own when they’re old enough).

Ruthie Myers
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I, Ruthie Myers honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by not just "letting it slide" when I hear anti-Semitic comments and remarks and I will share the story of the Shoa with as many people as I can. I am much more knowledgeable about the Holocaust its enormity. I’m doing this because I am now a witness of the Holocaust and no one should have to tell another horror story like the story of the Shoah.

Nikki Fisher
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

I, Nicole Adrienne Fisher honor the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by participating in Project6Million, and promoting tolerance starting with a program I am involved in at the Hillel of the university I attend (Tulane) I'm doing this because of the red shoe. I am doing this because of the snow in May. Because of scratches on cement. I am doing this because one candle reflected more than a million times. Because of Israel. Because of a circle around the ashes and the songs with strangers. I am doing this for more than six million.

Amanda Young
Dartmouth College. Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

I, Amanda Young honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred by spreading my knowledge and experience of the consequences of prejudice wherever there is hate. I am also committed to spreading Holocaust awareness through the 6Million Project. I'm doing this because I spent a week in Poland. I saw the remains of the ghettos, the vast concentration camps of mass, mechanical death, and the scarcity of Jews in the neighborhoods they used to call their own. I am devoted to doing whatever I can to prevent such an atrocity from occurring again because of intolerance of religion, race, viewpoints, or other differences. 

Jamie Fisher
University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

I, Jamie Fisher join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because after hearing the terrible stories of the Holocaust on the March of the Living, I could't imagine how people could be so cruel. The trip led me to see how proud I am to be a Jewish woman and how much it pushed me to stand up for what I believe in and fight for what’s right. The courage that people had during this horrific time is what is so inspirational and something everyone should learn. They should use the courage as an example to stand up against hatred seen today. I will fulfill this commitment by telling my experience of the March of the Living to anyone I become close with and show them how important it is to stand up for something you are proud of no matter who fights you. I will use the courage I learned of and apply it to the hatred and intolerance I see going on today and continue to help Project6Million in any way I can. I hope to make a difference in our world no matter how small and hope I can get others to do the same.

Robert Stein
Akron University, Akron, Ohio, USA

I, Robert Stein honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by: always standing up against ignorance regarding the Holocaust and to teach those who are uninformed about the atrocities that occurred so that each story of 6Million are never forgotten. I’m doing this because: Learning about the Holocaust has given me a newly found pride of being Jewish and has taught me how important it is to never allow something like this to ever happen again to any race or religion.

Karla Kohel
University of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky, USA

I, Karla Kohel join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because we live in a world where there is no patience for those who bigot or judge others based on their gender, race, religion, or sexuality, and because enough is simply enough. I will fulfill this commitment by being open-minded, and remembering to accept others based on their own personal lifestyle choices. It’s important to remember that, while the Shoah was one of the lowest points of hatred and anti-Semitism, that even today, there are places in our world where this kind of oppression still exists. I pledge to fulfill my commitment to Project 6Million by sharing the story of my family, not only in remembrance, but as an example of what we can never let happen again. Always remember, never forget.

Rafi Goldfarb
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

I, Rafi Goldfarb join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because of the strong connection I shared with my brothers and sisters as I visited the remains of the concentration camps . I will fulfill this commitment by participating in Project 6Million and by preaching tolerance and educating everyone on the horrible atrocities of the Nazi Campaign.

Samantha Bernfeld
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I, Samantha Bernfeld, join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because I feel it is my responsibility, as a member of the human race, to take inspiration from these evils, both of which have happened in the past and which continue to go on today. I have seen inexcusable acts; I have walked the same path as the innocent victims of these acts. But I have also seen acts that fight against- acts of bravery, of courage, of hope. Even if they were seemingly the smallest of efforts. If fighting against hatred and intolerance isn’t made a priority, then these problems will only persist. So I will fulfill this commitment by not only never turning my head, never sitting by, and never being a bystander to these acts, but also by never losing faith that one day we will live in a world that teaches and values understanding and tolerance.

Gabrielle Junker
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

I, Gabrielle Junker join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because after spending a week in Poland and becoming an eye- witness to what our ancestors lived through, it is my duty to spread the word to generations upon generations to never forget and to never let something as abominable happen ever again. I will fulfill this commitment by never letting myself and others forget the horrors and atrocities that so many Jews had to suffer through.

Kevin Saeks
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I, Kevin Jacob Saeks honor the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by telling the story of what I saw and sharing everything I learned from the places where the genocide happened. I'm doing this because soon the survivors won’t be able to directly pass their “torches” so it is my duty to keep their memories alive and pass the torch for them.

Taylor Schwartz
Miami of Ohio University- Oxford, Ohio, USA

I, Taylor Schwartz honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by standing up for my religion when people make prejudice remarks. People today make jokes and comments about Jews and I am obligated to teach them about the Holocaust and how statements such as those turned into 6 million Jews being killed. I’m doing this because after sharing the experience of witnessing the concentration camps and Holocaust museums in Poland and Israel with twenty-seven other people, my outlook on life has changed and I am trying my best to treat everyone with respect and want to teach others to do the same, because if you don't, tragic events such as the Holocaust can take place.

Seth Hirsch
Young Judea Year Course. Jerusalem, Israel

I, Seth Hirsch, honor the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by speaking out against murderous governments and spreading tolerance through music and art. I'm doing this because I am a human being first, and an affected Jew second.

Daniel Roth
Miami of Ohio University- Oxford, Ohio, USA

I, Daniel Roth, honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by reminding myself and others to never prejudge another culture, race, religion, and to always attempt to serve as a beacon of respect in any given situation. I’m doing this because I want to continue to remember those who came before me and the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust, yet continue to maintain an introspective pride to be Jewish.

Lauren Goldberg
Miami of Ohio University- Oxford, Ohio, USA

I, Lauren Goldberg, join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because the survival of holocaust remembrance depends on it. I will fulfill this commitment by sharing my knowledge with ones who ask questions and are unaware of the spread of hatred.

Caren Bernstein
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

I, Caren Bernstein, join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because I believe in a world where no one should be persecuted because of their religion and beliefs. I have seen the sites of the mass murder of the Jews, I have heard of the cruel and unjust genocide in Africa, and I have seen firsthand the effects of bullying on children. I will fulfill this commitment by standing up against hatred and immoral behavior and sharing my experience in Poland on March of the Living 2011. I saw sites that allowed such hatred and refuse to sit by idly and watch it happen again. Never forget, Never again.

Steven Winkler
Miami of Ohio University- Oxford, Ohio, USA

I, Steven Winkler, honor the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and commit to taking action against hatred and intolerance by promoting the important lessons learnt from the Holocaust such as the dangers of discrimination. I’m doing this because witnessing the Holocaust’s destruction in Poland has heightened my concern for the real possibility of current day massacres.

Miriam Zakem
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

I, Miriam Zakem join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because I have experienced the results of unchecked hatred and intolerance in an unforgettable way. Understanding and tolerance must be treasured, or humanity will be lost. Don’t fail to believe things because they are unbelievable. Act. This lesson applies to every person living in this world. I will fulfill this commitment by sharing my experiences and message in my everyday life and contributing to this projectl. I will oppose hatred and intolerance every time I encounter them.

Emily Minevich
Miami of Ohio University- Oxford, Ohio, USA

I, Emily Minevich join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that, Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” With this mantra instilled in the minds of our youth we can not only take action, but also shed light on an issue so dark. I will fulfill this commitment by sharing my story, the story of my family, and the story of our people. I will encourage everyone to attend March Of The Living and have such a re-evaluating experience on their own, to find their own purpose in the great movement of Project 6Million. I took the necessary steps to refute the hatred and intolerance to our nation, now it’s your time.

Liora Bachrach
Miami of Ohio University- Oxford, Ohio, USA

I, Liora Bachrach join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because after all I have experienced in my life I feel a strong connection as both a Jew and a person to to make sure that the tragic event of the holocaust is never forgotten. I will fulfill this commitment by standing strong in my beliefs and for those who either deny that the Holocaust happened or who are to ignorant to see the facts that it did I will show them that we are still here, and have grown from it and will keep educating in order to stop the antisemitism that is still around today.

Arielle Scheier
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

I, Arielle Scheier join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because the connection I shared with my close friends/family strengthened, even more, my belief in how each of us can make a difference and when we all come together can put a stop to the obscene ignorance that is still present to this day. I will fulfill my commitment by contributing all I can to project 6million and continuing to not only never forget but to pass on the message that these atrocities should never and will never take place again.

Chelsey Hill-Root
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
 

Danny Meisterman
Washington, D.C., USA

I, Daniel Meisterman join Project6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance because of the need for continuing education and activism in today's world . I will fulfill this commitment by continuing to push teens to take action in the world and to personally connect to other communities in need.

Rabbi Shena Potter
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I, Rabbi Shena Potter, join Project and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because of the bravery and fortitude of my grandparents. I will fulfill this commitment by continuing to learn about the Shoah.  I will help to educate current and future generations, especially teenagers, about the implications of intolerance and hatred.  I am participating in a second trip of March of the Living in 2012, and I will continue to share stories of my father, my mother and my grandparents'   bravery and compassion with my own children and with others.

Sam Potter
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I, Sam Potter, join Project 6Million and commit myself to standing up against all forms of hatred and intolerance, because I know the consequences of remaining silent and doing nothing.

Jesse Reed
Brooklyn, NY, USA

I, Jesse Reed, JOIN PROJECT6MILLION AND COMMIT TO STANDING UP AGAINST ALL FORMS OF HATRED AND INTOLERANCE, BECAUSE we have come to a point as a global society where such a separation of human kind is foolish.

I WILL FULFILL THIS COMMITMENT BY looking at the individual, and not their past or surrounding associations—be it positive or negative.

Shawn Jones
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

One of my personal heroes said better than I ever could… "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I Shawn Jones take a stand against hatred and intolerance because evil does exist in the world, and I will not lose the battle because I sat down. I will fight this battle with the greatest weapon any one can wield against hatred… Love. I vow to seek love in all things I do and how I treat others. I vow to spread the message that love is always the path to a better world.

Colin Nourie
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

I, Colin Nourie, JOIN PROJECT6MILLION AND COMMIT TO STANDING UP AGAINST ALL FORMS OF HATRED AND INTOLERANCE, BECAUSE in making this public commitment I am stating to my family, my neighbors, my community and my country that I can be counted on...Counted on to defend the social rights, freedoms and equal opportunities that living in the present day United States affords all of us. When a threat to an individual seems at times in our daily life easy to turn your back-on to standing up, speaking out or offering a hand. The threat to a community or nation whether by Natural Disaster or Directed Violence seems to immediately blind us of our differences as we become one voice, one hand together. The growing apathy to Actions of Hatred and Intolerance is a threat to our global community. This lack of a "Larger than You" world view feeds our sense of overwhelm that the problems are too large or that the problem is too deep-seeded. At most, we will be alive here for a 100 years or less with only one opportunity to affect the lives of others of our generation and teach those who will come next. I believe, we as individuals can no longer afford to turn our backs on the world outside our backyards, to no longer allow actions of hatred and intolerance to stunt the social development and opportunities of our communities. Having the courage to Stand up, Speak out and Offer a hand defines us and our nation as the torch bearer of freedom and equality that our founding father aspired for us. I join Project6Million to stop aspiring as they did, but to start acting as catalyst for equality and understanding in my world for my generation.

I WILL FULFILL THIS COMMITMENT by starting with myself. I will work to change my personal world view to adopt a "Larger than You" perspective. I will teach my children the importance of the right each person has to create the life they want to live and that through passion and focus an individual can make unimaginable positive change to the whole. I will donate design & strategy services each year to another social innovator, charity or non-for profit who's commitment to my community is fighting Hatred and Intolerance, creating equal social opportunity or locally teaching our next generation these values as well as their responsibility to continue Standing-up, Speaking-out and offering a hand to each other. I commit to to becoming a "Social Innovator" to broaden my engagement in social issues by utilizing my Design and Strategy talents to generate viable solutions for my community. Finally, I commit to supporting the Project6Million Movement by spreading the word, collecting statements, fundraising and applying my talents where needed in the years to come.