Holocaust Education Week 2021

Informative Lessons and Personal Narratives Provide Valuable Insight to Students During Holocaust Education Week
Posted on 11/08/2021
The School District of Palm Beach County observes Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12 as Holocaust Education Week, in accordance with Florida House Bill 1213, and Florida Statutes 1003.42(g).

The bill designates the second week in November as Holocaust Education Week in recognition of the anniversary of Kristallnacht, a precipitating event that led to the Holocaust. HB1213 requires schools to teach about antisemitism and Florida State Statute 1003.42 (g) requires Holocaust education in grades K-12.

The School District works to oppose prejudice and inhumanity through education, vigilance, and acceptance. Informative and age-appropriate educational programming will be offered throughout the week and available to all District schools.

inSIGHT Through Education Grant
The Department of African, African American, Latino, Gender, and Holocaust Studies received this grant from inSIGHT Through Education. It will provide students the opportunity to view programs from Living Voices, an educational theater company that offers a personal approach toward understanding important periods in history.

The grant will allow students to view relevant, informative productions, such as Through the Eyes of a Friend, told from the point of view of Anne Frank's best friend, a composite character based on the real testimonies of those who knew Anne Frank and other victims, resisters, and survivors. Post-show exploration of the personal stories, causes, and impact of the Holocaust includes visually-engaging images and resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Another production, Island of Hope, recounts the experience of a young Jewish girl who immigrated to the United States during the early 20th century.

Free Exhibits from the American Society for Yad Vashem

The exhibits will be on display at 10 District middle and high schools. Students are introduced to important personal stories of children and adults who survived the Holocaust.

• No Child’s Play: the story of Jewish children’s experience during the Holocaust, their struggle to hold onto life and maintain some part of their childhood despite the circumstances around them.

• BESA: The story of Albanian rescuers who had the courage and moral compass to offer shelter and refuge to those in need. These rescuers saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust, and their remarkable assistance was grounded in BESA, a code of honor that still today serves as the highest ethical code in Albania. BESA literally means “to keep a promise”.

The No Child’s Play and BESA exhibits are resources on loan from the American Society for Yad Vashem.

Speaker Series Featuring Holocaust Survivors and Children of Holocaust Survivors
Holocaust Survivors will share their Holocaust experiences with students via during interactive Q&A sessions. Additionally, children of Holocaust Survivors will visit some campuses to share the experiences of their parent and what it was like to grow up as the child of a Holocaust Survivor.

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