This morning we began with a tour-de-force from Professor Jeffrey Burds, who lectured about the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. Professor Burds focused on the major differences in how Jews were persecuted in Eastern and Western Europe, explaining his thesis on why the Holocaust was carried out so brutally and openly in the East.
After discussing the lecture in break-out groups, participants were able to absorb what was learned and once again present ideas to each other on how to incorporate the subject matter into a lesson.
We then heard from Sheila Hanson, a former teacher who now works at the USC Shoah Foundation. Sheila walked our teachers through the Shoah Foundation’s testimony library, and showed teachers how the Shoah Testimonies can be used in the classroom.
Finally, we got to hear from our beloved Board President Roman Kent, a survivor, who told his incredible story. Roman is a paragon of goodness, and we were all incredibly moved by his story. We also had the pleasure of seeing his wife, Hannah, who is also a survivor. Roman closed by reminding us that love has no limit, and there is no place in our life for prejudice.
After his lecture, each teacher got a copy of Roman’s book, Lala, which was gifted by Roman himself. Everyone lined up to thank Roman and get their copies signed.