In January of this year, hundreds of Holocaust survivors gathered at Auschwitz to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration camp. The survivors and their children rededicated themselves to remembering the horror of the Holocaust, even as a Pew study confirms that nearly 3 in 10 Americans say they are not sure how many Jews died in the Holocaust.

With anti-Semitism resurging in the United States and around the world, how important is it that survivors’ stories be told? And what should the next generations do to keep their stories alive? Three authors, whose lives have been shaped by the Holocaust, share their stories with us:

  • Helen Epstein, journalist, author and editor of her late mother’s memoir, "Franci's War: A Woman's Story of Survival."
  • Bernice Lerner, senior scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility, and author of "All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen."
  • Sylvia Ruth Gutmann, public speaker and author of her memoir, "A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan."