Sandy Rubenstein is a teacher at the Horace Mann School in New York. Teaching is her passion, what she loves to do and has been doing for over thirty years. She is also the child of Holocaust survivors. In 1996, her father, Joseph Horn, published his memoir, Mark It With a Stone, the fulfillment of a life-long dream. In 2008, the book was reprinted in paperback, with an introduction written by Sandy Rubenstein from the point of view of a child of survivors.
Joseph Horn was also interviewed by Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in 1995 and left behind a three-hour visual and oral testimony of his recollections of the war years, a gift for his family and for future generations, a tribute to the loved ones who perished, a record of his ordeal…
Joseph Horn passed away in 1999. Now, his daughter, Sandy Rubenstein, speaks to middle and high school students and others. Teaching about the lessons of the Holocaust is a calling, a compelling force for her. As she relates her father’s story, sharing excerpts from his book, she intersperses video clips of her father speaking directly about his experiences: a powerful medium. Students are riveted and full of questions. She addresses the need for young people, our future leaders, to reflect on their own moral responsibilities to stand up against today’s hate, bigotry, and genocide. As survivors are no longer with us, Sandy Rubenstein’s presentation allows new generations to witness history first hand.
Sandy Rubenstein lives in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey with her husband, Mark. She has two children, Julie and Michael. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, exercising, and skiing.