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NWP Radio—A Visit With the Holocaust Educators Network

Date: July 22, 2010

Summary: The Holocaust Educators Network conducts an annual summer institute that looks at how carefully designed reading and writing activities can help young people deal with challenging material. The teachers who participated in the 2010 institute share their reflections and insights.

 

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I am, first of all, in awe of and have a great deal of respect and admiration for all that the Jewish community has done to ensure that their history is not forgotten and that teachers not only teach it in schools, but they teach it well and they teach it accurately. They own their history, and I think that's very important, and I have a great deal of respect for it.

I entered the work at the Holocaust Educators Network as a student. . . . I just couldn't get over it when I saw images of the Holocaust. I'd also see parallel images that I had seen in texts when I researched slavery, and the sights and the sounds that came to mind as I was reading the text—they're all rooted in the same kind of evil as that of the Holocaust.

So I take with me from the Holocaust Educators Network a new path in my social justice studies. . . . I was moved by all the testimonies that we heard from the survivors, and I'll definitely use them as an example of how my students can exist in spite of adversity and can also help others to do the same.

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