Lynn University students interview Holocaust survivors for class

American Studies students are posting their stories on social media
Lynn University students interview Holocaust survivors for class

Published Apr. 23, 2014

With Holocaust Remembrance Day just around the corner, some Lynn University students are learning firsthand what it was like for those who lived through it. Seventy-five students in the Great Events in History class taught by Robert Watson, coordinator of American Studies, interviewed a group of 20 Holocaust survivors in the Green Center on Lynn’s campus. 

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The students used their iPads to record the interviews as part of an assignment to produce 10 social media posts with multimedia components. Now, the students are posting the interviews on blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram in an effort to tell the survivor’s stories and educate the public.

Watson, who has been teaching at Lynn for seven years, says this was the most meaningful educational experience he’s ever had. 

“So many of the students and Holocaust survivors had a profound connection with one another while discussing the tragedy and their personal experiences,“ said Watson.  “I am hopeful that the process of using items that are familiar to their generation—iPads and social media—to share stories about the Holocaust through videotaped interviews will allow our students to educate their peers.”

The students are now working to share what they've learned on their personal social media pages, and even creating public pages.


Recording the interviews on iPads is just another way Lynn is showcasing its innovative tablet-based initiative. Learn more about Lynn receiving Apple's Distinguished School recognition.