FSU Holocaust Study

Florida State University is making sure a horrific period of history is told. This week the FSU Holocaust Institute for Educators is taking place. Holocaust survivors and teachers talk about how we must continue to learn from our past.

For some people, the movie Schindler's List is how they learned about the holocaust. In fact, it wasn't until 1994 that teaching the holocaust in Florida public schools was mandated.

Marian Barchilon says, “Most of our people young and old are not familiar with what happened and why it's important to know it.”

To change that, FSU has been holding a Holocaust Institute for Educators for the past decade. Teachers say it’s a difficult topic to teach due to its emotional impact.

Glenna Burnfin, a Lincoln High School teacher, says, “Just having the content of this event is not adequate. You must be able to understand it in its proper perspective.”

Pat Murphy, a professor Florida High School, adds, “The way I try to tie it in, you can't deny racism, you have to keep fighting it, coming up for the past 5,000 years. This is just the greatest manifestation of it.”

And for holocaust survivor Shimon Gottschalk, he hopes upcoming generations learn violence is never the answer.

Shimon says, “So what young people need to know is that this still happens, we need to find ways to avoid and prevent them.”

In the past 10 years around 400 teachers have participated in the institute.


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