For our final installment in the current blog series of “meet our volunteers and interns”, we are pleased to introduce Zoe Levine! Zoe, a student at Chatham University, is our intern this summer, working all-remote alongside the rest of our staff. While many of us have never met in-person, she is a testament to all that continues to happen at the Holocaust Center even in a time of remote learning and social distancing. Thank you, Zoe, for all your hard work!
When did you start volunteering or interning for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh?
I started interning for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh in the middle of June of this year.
What do you like about volunteering/ interning with the Holocaust Center?
There are multiple aspects of interning with the Holocaust Center that I have enjoyed so far, but the main thing has been learning the importance of using Holocaust education as a means to bring awareness to other Human Rights violations/genocides that are current. As well, it has taught me a lot about what work I want to do in the future.
Why did you want to volunteer/ intern with the Holocaust Center? What interested you about what the Center does?
I wanted to intern with the Holocaust Center because I think Holocaust education is critical to ensuring that these types of horrific events do not happen now or in the future. I am currently a senior at Chatham University and I am double majoring in History and Political Science, so it is really important to me that the trends reflected in genocides are understood so that they can be prevented. To me, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh does an amazing job of this while keeping important archival history of the Holocaust and stories alive while we lose our last generation of survivors.
When did you first become interested in the subject of the Holocaust, and/ or what got you interested in the topic (book, movie, meeting someone, etc.)?
I am Jewish, so the Holocaust is an important part of my history. I became more interested in working with Holocaust history and education as I met more Holocaust survivors as well as hearing the stories of survivors from other genocides.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I do a lot of activist work through Chatham Student Power, as well as acting and being a part of Chatham’s Choir. When I do have rare down time, I like to read and listen to music.
Share a “fun fact” about yourself, or just something that people would be surprised to know about you?
A fun fact: I got to study abroad in Paris, France this past spring semester. Unfortunately it was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic.