Understanding the Holocaust
Carbonear Collegiate students get a valuable lesson in human rights
Since 2007, students enrolled in World Religions at Carbonear Collegiate have been involved in The Asper Foundation’s Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program.
This program has students study the history of human rights with a major emphasis on the Holocaust.
The course concludes with a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Holocaust Museum and to meet Holocaust survivors.
In May, nine Carbonear Collegiate students joined 250 of their peers from across Canada in Washington to visit the museum.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was opened in 1993 and is dedicated to educating young people about the history of human rights violations and current human rights violations in the world.
The highlight of the trip was when the Carbonear students had a private “chat” with Walter Schoenbreeze, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. His story proved to very touching and inspirational to the students.
While in Washington, the students also had an opportunity to visit the Smithsonian and the Newseum, the museum of news where they saw a part of the Berlin Wall and part of the wreckage from the World Trade Center.
Any students wishing to take part in the 2012 trip will have to be enrolled in World Religions and attend a meeting in September.
A group of students and their chaperons from Carbonear Collegiate pose for a photo with Holocaust survivor Walter Schoenbreeze (seated) during a visit to Washington, D.C., in May. Shown here are: Front (l-r) — Sarah Little, Kali Whelan, Michaela Colbourne, Gerianne Rowe, Norma Rose (chaperon) and David Baldwin; back — Ed Jarvis (trip organizer), Colin Rogers, Zack Laing, Matthew McCarthy and Justin O’Keefe.