What might you learn in a four-session class about the Holocaust? To find out, attend the class The Holocaust, taught by Amy Degen at Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford. With each session from 7 to 8:30 pm in the congregation’s library, the four sessions are scheduled for Monday, February 1; Tuesday, February 9; Monday, February 22; and Monday, February 29.
Trained by the group Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) to teach the Holocaust to 9th grade students at Congregation Shalom, Groton resident Amy Degen has been teaching about the Holocaust since 2007. This summer she went to Poland and studied with FHAO and Poland's Forum For Dialogue.
Below is the syllabus for the four sessions.
Bystanders What is the Role of the Bystander and who were the Bystander's during W.W.II? We will learn about the Evian Conference, examine the Voyage of the St. Louis, and look at examples in Poland where bystanders were also perpetrators. What was the role of the U.S.? How did the U.S. help the Jews or not help the Jews?
Resistance Jews are often portrayed as not resisting during the Holocaust and being led like Sheep to the Slaughter. We will discuss this phrase and look at the many ways that Jews fought back.
Rescuers Who acted to help the Jews during the Holocaust? We will learn about numerous rescuers and why under enormous risk they were Upstanders rather than bystanders.
Holocaust Memory Moving Forward How do we remember the Holocaust going forward? Looking at memorials, music, dance, art, survivor interviews, etc. What lessons do we learn and why should we not forget?
Congregation Shalom is located at 87 Richardson Road in Chelmsford. Interested adults are invited to attend this class at no charge. Registration is not required but is greatly appreciated. To register or ask questions about the class, email Joan at email@example.com or call the temple office at (978) 251-8091.
About Congregation Shalom
Founded in 1967, Congregation Shalom is a Reform Jewish community committed to education, spiritual growth, and Tikkun Olam (healing the world).
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