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TEACHING MORAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSES TO PREJUDICE, INDIFFERENCE AND HATRED:

PERSONAL STORIES OF THE HOLOCAUST AND OTHER GENOCIDES

LESSONS FOR TODAY IN ACCOUNTS OF SURVIVAL AND RESCUE

Starting with the 2015-16 school year, the Story Project is offering age-appropriate Holocaust and genocide education programs for Sonoma County students, grades 5-12.

The population of Holocaust survivors in Sonoma County is rapidly dwindling. These education programs will provide teachers and students an opportunity to hear living survivors tell their stories and engage in valuable dialogue with them.

Holocaust survivors and rescuers, survivors of other genocides and their descendants, as well as Holocaust and genocide scholars, are available to speak with students from their own experiences of intolerance, bullying exclusion, and bystander behavior. They will address the power of empathy and mutual caring in their own and others’ lives. They will present photographs, maps, and film clips to enliven their stories.

Presenters can be scheduled for individual classrooms or for larger gatherings. They can appear individually or as part of a panel. Reading and film lists are available so that students can be prepared for the presentations, have a contextual framework and follow up with additional study.

The focus of these programs will be as follows:

  1. To teach students the history of the Holocaust and other genocides and make them aware of the ideas and behaviors that preceded these events.
  2. To foster discussion and action on relevant issues related to bullying, exclusion, intolerance, stereotyping, and appropriate interventions.
  3. To encourage students to seek solutions in their own sphere of influence.
  4. To facilitate a more peaceful and compassionate school environment through awareness, reflection, prevention, and reconciliation.
  5. To provides resources for teachers and available speaker biographies

To schedule a presentation or for more information, please contact Flora Lee Ganzler, Coordinator, at flganzler@yahoo.com or 707-539-7340

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