TASA Students Help Remember 1.5 million children lost in the Holocaust

December 1, 2021

It began in November 2018, with a special letter of request from a 4th-grade student in California: “Please help us remember the 1.5 million children lost in the Holocaust.”

The Torah Academy of San Antonio middle school Student Council and National Honor Society students quickly jumped on the request to help Freedom Writer Teacher, Lisa Liss, and her Tolerance Kid’s “Bandage Project.” Starting in 2008, schools and organizations in 50 states and 23 countries around the world, supported the Tolerance Kids and their ambitious goal of collecting and writing the names of the 1.5 million child victims of the Holocaust by what would be Anne Frank’s 100th birthday on June 12, 2019.

TASA students took on the task of writing the names and ages of 20,000 children from a list of Yad Vashem. Ultimately, the 1.5 million bandages were placed in a beautiful glass container and are currently on display in the Tolerance Museum in California. Their future home will be the Anne Frank Museum in southern California. Lisa Liss wrote a book about this amazing tolerance-driven journey, which will be available on Amazon soon. We will be gifting a copy of the book to the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. TASA Co-Head of School, Jessica Diric, and TASA students are acknowledged in this book for helping to meet the final push of 1.5 million personalized bandages.

TASA students and staff would like to extend a thank you to parents and family members, as well as numerous community supporters, who donated band-aids. We would also like to give very special recognition to our San Antonio Jewish Seniors, who gave money to purchase nearly 10,000 of the personalized bandages sent to California!