The Yellow Star Project is a national Holocaust education program sponsored by IDOC/North America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization specializing in information exchange and media programs related to human renewal. The Project takes its name from the infamous badge European Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis and their collaborators.
With the assistance of an international Advisory Board and a Panel of Educators versed in Holocaust Studies, the Project was created as an umbrella entity designed to encompass, fund and support pro-active programs, publications and products aimed at today's youth enrolled in America's public and private school systems, as well as through the nation's public library network.
Through publishing and multi-media teaching tools, the Project's purpose is to foster the continuing education of Americans born after World War II [now the majority of the population], with a particular focus on the young adults coming of age in the twenty-first century. The Yellow Star Project will develop materials for educators that will supplement their existing curricula and will enable them to put a human face on history, bringing home to their students the 1933-1945 Holocaust Era as the inevitable monstrous consequence of bigotry, hatred and ignorance.
This same mentality is in evidence today against nearly every minority group around the world, and it is as frightening now as it was then.
The Project's mission is to help check the ground swell of revisionism about the Holocaust and stem the grim worldwide resurgence of anti-Semitism and racially motivated hate -- a revival that predictably follows revisionist propaganda campaigns and xenophobic political "movements." To fulfill this mission, the Project is raising funds and attracting expert talent to design educational programs directly related to the attitudes of the most likely victims of revisionism and neo-Nazi propaganda: our vast national "talent pool" of idealistic teenagers -- largely unenlightened about the Holocaust Era and blissfully unaware that they are prime targets of the well-funded, highly organized bigots, racists and anti-Semites in our midst.
As part of a continuing program, The Yellow Star Project has undertaken the design and implementation of six inter-related phases:
• Phase I: Expanding, updating and publishing, in collaboration with Fordham University Press and Gerhard Schoenberner, an American edition of Der gelbe Stern, titled The Yellow Star
• Phase II: Creation and publishing of The Yellow Star Student Edition with Teacher’s Guide
• Phase III: Inner City Outreach Program
• Phase IV: Yellow Star Website
• Phase V: Mobile Holocaust Photo Exhibit with The Yellow Star video and DVD
• Phase VI: Translation and publishing of Zeugen Sagen Aus as The Witnesses Come Forward