People Making A Difference: The David Labkovski Project

Art has the ability to spark conversations, and the David Labkovski Project is using the artist's history, paintings and sketches to advance knowledge of the Holocaust.

Video Transcript

- Now millions of Jews lost their lives during the Holocaust. Today on Holocaust Remembrance Day, we introduce you to a local non-profit making a difference using art to help make sure the world never forgets. Here's CBS2's Lesley Marin.

LESLEY MARIN: Sometimes pictures are worth more than a thousand words. The David Labkovski Project uses the artist's history, paintings, and sketches to advance knowledge of the Holocaust.

LEORA RAIKIN: He documented what happened to the Jewish community during the Holocaust, the destruction and murder of the Jewish community.

LESLEY MARIN: Leo Raikin is the founder and executive director of the David Labkovski Project. She says that educating young people about the Holocaust was not only badly needed, it's necessary.

LEORA RAIKIN: Now, the research has come out that students today know very, very little about the Holocaust. And we realize that using the art as a tool to engage students, this universal language of art, allows learners of all backgrounds to learn about the history of the Holocaust.

LESLEY MARIN: The project not only educates the students. It teaches them how to spread the knowledge.

LEORA RAIKIN: The most important thing, aside from using the art, is that it transfers responsibility and ownership onto students to educate their peers. As a docent, you need to know not only everything about the art, the artist, the time period, you need to be able to answer questions.

LESLEY MARIN: Engage, enrich, educate. The David Labkovski Project uses historical artwork to make a difference today.

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LEORA RAIKIN: We have to each take on ourselves this responsibility of the importance of educating about the Holocaust in a meaningful and impactful manner, and the David Labkovski Project does that through art.

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- The David Labkovski Project launches a new exhibit tomorrow that highlights the merger of literature and art. The collection is online for all to see. You can go to cbsla.com for more details.