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Teaching Teachers About the Holocaust

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

"I was able to escape as a very small child. I was only four years old," revealed Miriam Klein-Kassenoff, a Holocaust survivor.

Klein-Kassenoff is also a Holocaust education specialist from Miami who's leading a seminar in Tallahassee on teaching about the Holocaust.

"The title of my talk is really ‘The Power of Perseverance,’ but if I've ever seen the power of perseverance put to reality and actuality, it's the group that put this program together," added Klein-Kassenoff.

That group includes community leaders like Rita Blank and Allan Katz who are children of Holocaust survivors.

"It's not just a question that six million Jews were killed in Europe. There was an attempt to wipe out European Jews, it was how a society was able to be turned on its ear. The problem is there's a lot of information that a lot of people don't have," explained Tallahassee City Commissioner Allan Katz.

So in comes Klein-Kassenoff to teach teachers in Leon and surrounding counties that crucial and personal kind of Holocaust information so they can then pass it on to their students.

"I think it's important that these are people we're talking about. It's not dates. It's not just words in textbooks. These are people and people's heritage and memory and it's important those people be remembered," said Godby High School teacher Diane Toole.

And with the help of Klein-Kassenoff and other Holocaust survivors, teaching seminars like this may just be able to do that.

The seminar's opening lecture Sunday afternoon was held at the Florida State Turnbull Center and was open to the public.


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