New Jersey Department of Education

DOE A to Z: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #

New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education

Creative Inspirations

The Night Angel

“You have to jump, Sam!”
His dying brother cried
As Sam thought of his punishment
For refusing to abide

He was on a crowded train
Headed towards an inescapable fate
His only choice was to jump
Before it was too late

Wind soared through Sam’s face
As he slammed onto the ground
And looking back at his family
He could not make a sound

Sam looked for anywhere
To make a new start
He was just a homeless boy
With an empty, broken heart

Then he found a ghetto
With people like him
Whose hope had been drained
And their feelings turned grim

Grim at a world
Who had turned on their friends
Grim at their neighbors
Who had not a hand to lend

Sam lived on his own
And hid his belief
So he could bring food to the hungry
And see joy and relief

The Night Angel
Is how he was known
Helping those who were scared
Left cold and alone

The Holocaust ended
And the ghettos did too
Then Sam left for America
Where his dreams would come true

And there Sam lived
A man who survived
Because of his hope
And will to stay alive

 - Matt Cohen


The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. On a continual basis, the Commission shall survey the status of Holocaust/Genocide Education; design, encourage and promote the implementation of Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; provide programs in New Jersey; and coordinate designated events that will provide appropriate memorialization of the Holocaust on a regular basis throughout the state. The Commission will provide assistance and advice to the public and private schools and will meet with county and local school officials, and other interested public and private organizations, to assist with the study of the Holocaust and genocide.

About Us

We invite you to find out more, whether you require Group or Company specific information, simply explore the site using the links to the left.

Contact Us

Phil Kirschner, Esq.

Lawrence M. Glaser
Executive Director
(609) 376-3968 phone

State of New Jersey
Commission on Holocaust Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 633-8599 fax

The New Jersey Holocaust Commission is an autonomous body operating under its own policies and positions. It acts as a resource to the Department of Education to assist schools with various aspects of meeting the requirements of the mandate to provide Holocaust and genocide education. The commission provides curriculum outlines and suggested activities; identifies and publicizes demonstration sites for other districts to contact; and recommends informational resources and materials for teachers and students to use in the state.

Copyright © 2003-04 · NJ Department of Education · All Rights Reserved