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Holocaust Remembrance Day Program for Maine Students
April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join the education team of the Holocaust and Human RIghts Center of Maine for a one-hour virtual presentation of Decision Making in Times of Injustice to honor the victims of the Holocaust on Tuesday, April 21 at noon.
Tuesday, April 21 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah. As we confront the challenges of COVID-19, Holocaust Remembrance Day is an opportunity for important learning with lessons not only about prejudice and hate, but also about resistance and resilience. The six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust were the targeted victims of a regime of hate, supported by the silence and inaction of a world of indifference. Those who survived went on to tell their stories, to start organizations like the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine and to educate the next generation to ensure the victims would never be forgotten.
This one-hour educational program will examine the roots of the Nazi insurgence and the fear that it instilled in the German people, and all of those who stood in the path of the Nazi war and propaganda machine. It will give students an awareness of the enormity of the crimes committed during the Nazi Holocaust and help them grasp the fact that thousands of ordinary people participated in perpetrating these crimes, while thousands more stood by as quiet witnesses. The material in this program reminds students of the importance of living in a democracy whose citizens are capable of making informed judgments, not only on behalf of themselves, but also on behalf of a larger community.
We invite all students grades 6-12 to join us for the program and to follow-up with questions or the request for further information. Pre-registration is required, and teachers are encouraged to participate with their students in this unique and important online learning opportunity.