Un­der­stand­ing the Holo­caust

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate stu­dents get a valu­able les­son in hu­man rights

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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