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Roosevelt alumna Alexis Storch has always been keenly interested in the Holocaust.
A history buff and avid researcher, Storch was able to interview a survivor of Josef Mengele’s experiments at a Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, learning about never-before-disclosed details and experiences while working at the Holocaust Center in Pittsburgh.After receiving a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in Holocaust studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in history with an emphasis in Holocaust cinema from the University of New York at Binghamton, Storch took a job as youth educator at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Ill.
“I’m a life-long learner and part of the reason I chose to go to Roosevelt is that I’m a strong advocate for social justice and teaching,” said Storch, who received a master’s in elementary education from Roosevelt in December.Now Storch is taking on a new Holocaust assignment as chief educator and director of educational outreach at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“My experience at Roosevelt has allowed me to learn firsthand about teaching and teacher training,” said Storch, who is reaching out to schools, organizing field trips and doing teacher training at the Cincinnati museum.“I’m fortunate that I’m now able to use my passion and enthusiasm for teaching in this unique way and I want to thank my Roosevelt professors for their guidance and support,” said Storch, who credited professors Judy Gouwens and Elizabeth Meadows for helping shape her success.