Thursday, November 2, 2017

Area I Workshop - Sunnyside WA "Inspiring Change Through Lessons of the Holocaust"

     Dr. Suess was well-noted for his masterful children's book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, which as you may recall, instructs readers to move forward in life and overcome challenges.

     On Saturday, October 7, 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to the Aspire Education Training Center in Sunnyside, WA and experience an inspiring and thought-provoking Area I workshop presented by The Holocaust Center for Humanity from Seattle. The program was sponsored by Theta Chapter - Yakima, Alpha Zeta Chapter - Goldendale and Lambda Chapter - Sunnyside.
     Thirty-five participants were in attendance. The purpose of this interactive workshop was to learn more about the Holocaust and to help educate, inspire, and learn how we all can take action against the pyramid of hate. Presenter Ilana Cone Kennedy shared examples of the free "teaching trunks" filled with everything a teacher would need to teach a Holocaust unit, personalized for grades 5-12 available for school use. We viewed the film "With My Own Eyes," which introduced the Holocaust and contemporary genocide through local survivors' experiences. 
     I was especially moved as I listened intently to one of the Center's Legacy Speakers, Ingrid Kanis Steppic, who was born in Holland in 1943. She shared her very personal and emotional story of how her family served as rescuers to 40 Jews by hiding them in Amersfoort Holland during the Holocaust. Between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews were hidden in Holland during the war. This included the Anne Frank family. Of this number, about 2/3 survived. Ingrid presents her family's story to local students and community groups.
     A staunch reminder of the many challenges that were overcome and the many people who had lost so much, but continued to move forward in life...

For more information about appropriate teaching materials and resources (Holocaust Teaching Trunk) contact or call 206-582-3000.     

State President Sherri Wagemann & Presenter Ilana Cone Kennedy
Ilana Cone Kennedy
Ingrid Kanis Steppic

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