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The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center Announces the  2013 Student Awareness Day

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center Announces the 2013 Student Awareness Day

Anita Karl_HallandaleHS SAD (5 4 12) The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center (HDEC) announces its next Spring Student Awareness Day to be held at Hallandale High School on May 2, 2013. Thanks to the Mayor of Hallandale, The Honorable Joy Cooper, for making this most important and significant day possible.

Rositta E. Kenigsberg, said, “These Student Awareness Days, that we have been doing for almost 28 years, have tremendous impact and are extremely significant and important because the students have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand from the Survivors of Holocaust, how each one of us can make a difference and why we must each be an up stander and not bystander, if we are going to stop the hatred , violence and bullying.”

Student Awareness Days are prejudice reduction symposia whereby hundreds of high school students at each program learn the dangers of racism, hatred, and bigotry through videos, lectures, and round-table discussions with Survivors of the Holocaust. For almost 3 decades these Student Awareness Days have impacted hundreds of thousands of our students and teaches them first hand from the Survivors, that promises of Never Again are empty and meaningless if we remain silent and indifferent. This program changes lives.” Please read some of the student’s recent comments:

Today I learned about the survivor and what he went through and how we are all equal in every way. I will change my bad ways. Hallandale High – 9th Grade

Today I learned about the survivor and what he went through and how we are all equal in every way. I will change my bad ways. Hallandale High – 9th Grade

By relating to the tragic personal stories of Holocaust Survivors, students begin to understand that no one is immune to the evil and discrimination bestowed upon them by others. In addition to Holocaust Survivors, the featured speakers lend a unique and very personal aspect to the day.

The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, was founded in 1980 as a nonsectarian, non-profit, multifaceted organization dedicated to preserving and the authentic memory of the Holocaust. In addition to its Educational Outreach initiatives, internationally acclaimed Oral History collection and Speakers Bureau, the HDEC will soon feature the first South Florida Holocaust Museum that will put names and faces to the victims and will raise the sounds of their moral voices of conscience to mute the noise of prejudice and hatred. This museum will teach the universal lessons of the Holocaust, which are a significant moral tool in teaching values, pluralism, responsibility, respect for human dignity, decency, and life to this and future generations.

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