Sandy Rubenstein has been a teacher at the Horace Mann School in New York for over 40 years. She is a Master Teacher Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a Master Teacher at the USC Shoah Foundation and continues her work in Holocaust education.
She is also the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In 1996, her father, Joseph Horn, published his memoir, Mark It With a Stone. In 2008, the book was reprinted in paperback with an introduction written by Sandy 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 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.
Sandy is also a recipient of the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award, given in conjunction with the ADL and the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education. This award recognizes individuals whose work “is making a significant difference in eliminating bias, bigotry, and intolerance wherever and whenever they exist.”
Sandy lives in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey with her husband, Mark. She has two adult children, Julie and Michael. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, exercising, and travel.
Joseph Horn passed away in 1999. Now, Sandy speaks to middle and high school students and others. As she relates her father’s story, sharing excerpts from his book, she intersperses video clips from her father’s Shoah testimony; he speaks directly about his experiences. Students are riveted and full of questions. Sandy addresses the need for young people, our future leaders, to reflect on their own moral responsibilities to stand up against today’s hate, prejudice, and genocide. As survivors are no longer with us, Sandy Rubenstein's presentation allows new generations to witness history first hand.
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