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Virtual Resource Library

The Virtual Resource Library has been developed as a collaborative effort by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in partnership with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation (PHRF) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The three organizations are participants in the Conference for Holocaust Education Centers sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The subject of the Holocaust provides the basis for examining simple and complex moral issues. For example, in the movie Freedom Writers (which is based on a true story), a high school teacher uses the Holocaust to teach lessons about tolerance to at-risk youth who had been engaged in race wars. Teaching children or teenagers about the Holocaust can provide them with concrete examples of the detrimental effects of bullying and racism. Additionally, discussing such topics helps students develop their own critical thinking about morality and how they can spread tolerance in the world. Today, when anti-Semitism in the US (and Europe) is on the rise. Not to mention, with recent white supremacist shootings at synagogues in Poway and Pittsburgh, and stabbings at a rabbi’s NY home during a Hanukkah celebration, it is all the more important to teach teenagers about the dangers of anti-Semitism and how to prevent more from occurring.

(from https://www.theperspective.com/debates/living/holocaust-education/)

Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance

Confronting Antisemitism and Racism

Confronting Antisemitism and Racism

Hope and The Human Spirit

Hope and The Human Spirit

Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: dedicated to the building of society founded on the values of tolerance, diversity, dignity and respect toward all human beings; to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust; and to teaching both students and adults lessons that can be learned from this history and these stories

Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: preserving the lessons of the past to create a future of tolerance maintaining and developing programming for the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza, an outdoor educational space on the site of Nathan Rapoport’s Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs

Wassmuth Center for Human Rights – Boise, Idaho: builder and home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and foster individual responsibility to work for peace and justice