Facing History and Ourselves Releases Updated Version of "Holocaust and Human Behavior"
A resource that provides a context for students to examine the fragility of democracy and connect history to events in contemporary life
BOSTON, Massachusetts (September 14, 2017) – Facing History and Ourselves, a non-profit education organization seeking to engage students of diverse backgrounds in examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry, is releasing an updated, digital version of its successful educational course “Holocaust and Human Behavior.”
The release of this resource coincides with the current national discussion about race, history, and our collective national identity following the white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville, and the desecration of The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.
The resource, designed for secondary students, examines the horrors of the Holocaust through primary sources, eyewitness testimonies and other historical documents. The goal of this course is not only to allow students to learn about the Holocaust itself but also to examine connections between history and the consequences of our actions and beliefs today.
“After the horrific events in Charlottesville and the desecration of The New England Holocaust Memorial and the ensuing national debate about political extremism, many students have returned to their classrooms with questions and concerns,” said Roger Brooks, President and CEO of Facing History and Ourselves. “Courses such as Holocaust and Human Behavior provide students the tools to engage in debate, form opinions and learn to make decisions based on mutual respect and understanding from those who may hold different beliefs."
This past June, Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles gathered numerous educators from around the state for a conference-style day of learning on the new edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and the response was overwhelmingly positive. One educator summed up the experience by stating, “This workshop spoke to the core of what we want students to feel and experience...empathy, strength, empowerment.”
“I am thrilled with the positive response our course has received and look forward to reaching even more students through our updated, digital version, especially during this time," said Mr. Brooks. "Through this course, we are ultimately seeking to impress upon young women and men that decisions at each stage of their lives matter. By learning the lessons from events such as the Holocaust, our hope is that students acquire the ability to make decisions that ultimately benefit themselves and society.”
About Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History is a global educational organization that reaches millions of students worldwide every year. Using the lessons of history—and history in the making—Facing History equips teachers to provide students with the skills to think critically and wrestle with difficult issues. Teachers work closely with students to make personal connections between the past and their present. Our rigorous curriculum sparks their desire to look beyond themselves and participate in the broader world. Facing History is creating future generations of engaged, informed, and responsible decision-makers who when faced with injustice, misinformation, and bigotry, will stand up for justice, truth, and equality. Facing History transforms required lessons in history into inspired lessons in humanity, empowering youth who will change the world for the better.