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Poster: Auschwitz

“The Holocaust provides one of the most effective subjects for examining basic moral issues. A structured inquiry into this history yields critical lessons for an investigation into human behavior. It also addresses one of the central mandates of education in the United States, which is to examine what it means to be a responsible citizen.”

 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

By studying these topics, students come to realize that:

  • Democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained, but need to be appreciated, nurtured, and protected.
  • Silence and indifference to the suffering of others, or to the infringement of civil rights in any society, can—however unintentionally—perpetuate these problems.
  • The Holocaust was not an accident in history; it occurred because individuals, organizations, and governments made choices that not only legalized discrimination but also allowed prejudice, hatred, and ultimately mass murder to occur.
  • The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century but also in the entire course of human history.

The 18” x 24” poster “Auschwitz” features the quote “Dear Teacher” by Dr. Haim Ginott.  The quote is etched in the stone of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

The poster is free-of-charge if picked up at the Center.  To order a poster for mail delivery, there is a $10 charge for shipping and handling. Project made possible with print support from HP Inc.

Dear Teacher:
I am a survivor of a concentration camp my eyes saw what no person should witness: Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot and killed by high school and college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing and arithmetic are only important if they serve to make our own children more humane.

Haim Ginott

Teacher and Child: A book for Parents and Teachers