Judy Meisel’s story of suffering, courage, and survival is an excellent way to stimulate student interest in learning about the Holocaust in particular and civil rights in general. Her testimony allows students to feel a personal connection to the Holocaust and thus makes the history of the period come alive for them. Judy’s story deepens students’ understanding of the human cost of the Holocaust, the range of human goodness and depravity contained in its history, and the capacity each of us has to take actions that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Judy’s message of hope and her faith in humans’ ability to act on ethical principles inspires others to consider how they, out of the circumstances of their own lives, can make a difference in the lives of those around them and in the communities in which they live.
TAK FOR ALT is now being used in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. Due to the film’s success in the classroom, we have recently introduced a curriculum guide which provides educators with sufficient background to teach the film.