The Edut Project was conceived by David Kassan, a Brooklyn based artist as way to connect with his Grandfather’s story of Surviving ethnic Cleansing.
The purposes of the project are manifold. It aims to document firsthand the stories of the ever-shrinking number of survivors of the Holocaust, or Shoah. By exploring the entire lives of these survivors, from before World War II to the present day, it tells stories of perseverance and of life in America from the postwar period to the 21st century. “The whole idea is really to think about putting a personal face on the Holocaust, because people have become so indifferent,” Kassan says. “It’s an abstract idea, because people no longer come into contact with survivors.” The project is also an opportunity for the artist to better appreciate an aspect of his own family’s history. In 1917, when he was about 5 years old, Kassan’s grandfather escaped ethnic cleansing on the border of Ukraine and Romania.
Chloe Lee is an emerging filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She is currently in post-production on her first feature film, a documentary exploring Singaporean identity. Previously, she has worked on feature documentaries, “Buckminster Fuller’s Dream Restored” as an associate producer, as well as co-producing “American Dream”, a film from producers of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko.