Oskar is answering the call from educators to combine his story of survival, historical research, and presentation experiences to create the Holocaust Education Teachers Aid Package (HETAPAC), a valuable multimedia resource used to enhance Holocaust curriculum.
My name is Oskar Knoblauch. I was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1925. As a young boy, I experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust of World War ll. In 2010, after much encouragement from my family and friends, I self- published my book, A Boy’s Story A Man’s Memory - Surviving The Holocaust 1933-1945. The book details my family’s struggle to survive those years, a brutal time for all Jewry and countless other innocent people of Europe. My story is one of many to emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust, but it is one filled with the ideals of honor, hope, trust, love, respect, and tolerance. More than just a lesson of history, I hope to ignite the passion in students to live these virtues.
I am currently an active public speaker, and a board member of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association. I can’t express how important it is to give students, teachers, and adults of all ages an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust from a primary source. I believe we must teach the Holocaust, and proactively teach the “message” of respect and tolerance.
I am honored to be able to speak at many schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area. However, there are many schools across the country without access to Holocaust speakers. Therefore, to help teachers with Holocaust studies, I have created the Holocaust Education Teachers Aid Package (HETAPAC). The HETAPAC combines my two-part video presentation, along with comprehensive Holocaust teaching resources, in one convenient package as a primary source and historical reference workbook. Together, I believe we can work in harmony to be the voice of tolerance and respect, in our hearts and in our communities.