We Share the Same Sky



USC Shoah Foundation’s We Share The Same Sky, created by Rachael Cerrotti—granddaughter of Holocaust survivor Hana Dubova—compels students to feel the relevance of “ancient history” in their lives. Cerrotti joins Hana’s journey of survival during the Holocaust with her own quest for understanding. Along the way, listeners will meet individuals directly connected to Hana and Rachael’s stories, as well as Moudi, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee rebuilding his life in Copenhagen, Denmark. Alternatingly, these stories use history and current events to help students delve deeply into themes including discrimination and dehumanization, the importance of being an ally, the impact of physical and metaphorical walls, and how to find hope and redemption in tragic circumstances. The podcast’s episodes deliver important historical accounts and life lessons that are significant beyond the classroom.

On this page, educators can access the podcast itself and discover testimony-based classroom resources designed to support teaching with We Share The Same Sky.

We Share The Same Sky is available for streaming and download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and most podcast streaming services, as well as directly on this website.

Note: Due to the subject nature, the podcast is appropriate for older students, grades 10-12. As always, teachers should review the content fully in advance to determine its appropriateness for their student population.

Podcast Essential Questions
  • What role did the “kindness of strangers,” or being an upstander, play in the Holocaust and other world events?
  • How do issues of statelessness and citizenship, exclusion and belonging, resonate in our public and personal lives?
  • What is the significance of personal stories and shared memory in our understanding of history and the world?

About Rachael Cerrotti


Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning photographer, writer and educator. Her work focuses on the intergenerational impact of migration and memory.

For a decade, she has been pursuing her project, We Share The Same Sky, that retraces her grandmother’s route of displacement during and in the wake of World War II. She transforms her documentary storytelling into curriculums for communities and classrooms worldwide. Her literary representation is Joelle Delbourgo Associates. You can find her on Instagram at @rachaelcerrotti and @sharethesamesky.