Danna Horwood, is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. And she’s on a mission to educate youth about the need for tolerance and kindness in our world. Her message is timely.
At point when the “alt-right” is regularly in the news and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has been met with Nazi salutes, her mission is more important than ever.
Danna spreads her powerful message through Margaret’s Legacy and the documentary ‘Margaret and Arthur’s Story,’ which chronicles her grandparents’ experiences during WWII and their escape from Hungary to Canada. Told through the eyes of living descendants, this documentary addresses the themes of courage, survival and love.
“After the passing of my grandmother Margaret, I was surprized when my 11-year-old daughter asked why she didn’t know Great Grandma’s Holocaust story,” Danna explains. “I came to understand that my children should know about their ancestors’ journey of survival, which gave me the idea for this documentary and a new sense of purpose to begin my journey to educate youth.”
“The documentary is important not just to my family, but also to everyone else affected by the Holocaust,” she adds. “I’d like to think I am honouring those who lived through those tragic times by inspiring youth to be better people each and every day.”
Horwood created a free outreach program funded by the Weisz Family Foundation to help further share the story of Margaret and Arthur Weisz. She travels worldwide speaking to young people of all ages and teaching them about the Holocaust through the film. Audience members also have the opportunity to discuss this event with Horwood, as it may be the first time hearing about it for some people.
Horwood hopes to reach as many adolescents as possible to continue Margaret’s Legacy and mission. By inviting Horwood to be a guest speaker, educators will watch as students immerse themselves in learning about an all-too-important part of history, and take away valuable lessons with them to be passed along for years and generations to come.
For more information or to book a presentation, please visit Margaret’s Legacy. The presentations are free and Danna is seeking new opportunities to present to classrooms, youth and community groups across Canada.
About Margaret’s Legacy:
Margaret’s Legacy is an umbrella agency that seeks to provide information and background to youth on the Holocaust through education. Margaret’s Legacy’s mission is to keep the story of the Holocaust at the forefront of our minds, so its important lessons are not lost on future generations. The goal is for young people to be able to identify the kinds of hatred and bigotry that can lead to genocide.