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From Yad Vashem to Your Child’s Mind via ‘Catholic’ ‘Education’

July 23, 2009

This should be read in tandem with THIS, THIS, and THIS.

Catholic students create Holocaust memorial exhibit

Jordan J. Hay – Jewish Tribune

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

TORONTO – A group of about 100 students from Toronto’s Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School created a Holocaust memorial exhibit in school this year. The project, conceived and administered by Art and English teacher Mary Capin, consists of original artwork and poetry by students aged 14-18.

Capin, who studied Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, feels educating students on the Holocaust is vital, “because they don’t always know.”

All of Capin’s students participated over a three-week period, either by creating a piece of mixed-media art inspired by actual Holocaust-era photographs or by composing a poem inspired by their classmate’s artwork. The one-day exhibit was held in the McNeil gymnasium.

“They were very focused on this; they took it very seriously. I told them, ‘This is not to be rushed; this is an important assignment,’” said Capin.

The display was divided into seven time-sequenced sections – Boycott of Jewish Businesses, Nuremberg Race Laws, Labelling, Ghettos, Deportation, Concentration Camps and The Final Solution – with each depicting works showcasing student’s perspectives of each category.

Capin believes similar projects should be mandatory in all school systems, citing the importance of teaching non-violence and tolerance to youth.

“They’ve become desensitized to violence; it’s disturbing. They lose the sense of humanity and human connection,” said Capin.

“These kids are being moved by it; a lot of them didn’t know,” she added.

While the exhibit is no longer on display, Capin hopes to find it a permanent home and to present the works during Holocaust Education Week in November.

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/200907221837/Catholic-students-create-Holocaust-memorial-exhibit.html

From Yad Vashem to Your Child’s Mind via ‘Catholic’ ‘Education’

July 23, 2009

This should be read in tandem with THIS, THIS, and THIS.

Catholic students create Holocaust memorial exhibit

Jordan J. Hay – Jewish Tribune

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

TORONTO – A group of about 100 students from Toronto’s Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School created a Holocaust memorial exhibit in school this year. The project, conceived and administered by Art and English teacher Mary Capin, consists of original artwork and poetry by students aged 14-18.

Capin, who studied Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, feels educating students on the Holocaust is vital, “because they don’t always know.”

All of Capin’s students participated over a three-week period, either by creating a piece of mixed-media art inspired by actual Holocaust-era photographs or by composing a poem inspired by their classmate’s artwork. The one-day exhibit was held in the McNeil gymnasium.

“They were very focused on this; they took it very seriously. I told them, ‘This is not to be rushed; this is an important assignment,’” said Capin.

The display was divided into seven time-sequenced sections – Boycott of Jewish Businesses, Nuremberg Race Laws, Labelling, Ghettos, Deportation, Concentration Camps and The Final Solution – with each depicting works showcasing student’s perspectives of each category.

Capin believes similar projects should be mandatory in all school systems, citing the importance of teaching non-violence and tolerance to youth.

“They’ve become desensitized to violence; it’s disturbing. They lose the sense of humanity and human connection,” said Capin.

“These kids are being moved by it; a lot of them didn’t know,” she added.

While the exhibit is no longer on display, Capin hopes to find it a permanent home and to present the works during Holocaust Education Week in November.

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/200907221837/Catholic-students-create-Holocaust-memorial-exhibit.html

From Yad Vashem to Your Child’s Mind via ‘Catholic’ ‘Education’

July 23, 2009

This should be read in tandem with THIS, THIS, and THIS.

Catholic students create Holocaust memorial exhibit

Jordan J. Hay – Jewish Tribune

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

TORONTO – A group of about 100 students from Toronto’s Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School created a Holocaust memorial exhibit in school this year. The project, conceived and administered by Art and English teacher Mary Capin, consists of original artwork and poetry by students aged 14-18.

Capin, who studied Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, feels educating students on the Holocaust is vital, “because they don’t always know.”

All of Capin’s students participated over a three-week period, either by creating a piece of mixed-media art inspired by actual Holocaust-era photographs or by composing a poem inspired by their classmate’s artwork. The one-day exhibit was held in the McNeil gymnasium.

“They were very focused on this; they took it very seriously. I told them, ‘This is not to be rushed; this is an important assignment,’” said Capin.

The display was divided into seven time-sequenced sections – Boycott of Jewish Businesses, Nuremberg Race Laws, Labelling, Ghettos, Deportation, Concentration Camps and The Final Solution – with each depicting works showcasing student’s perspectives of each category.

Capin believes similar projects should be mandatory in all school systems, citing the importance of teaching non-violence and tolerance to youth.

“They’ve become desensitized to violence; it’s disturbing. They lose the sense of humanity and human connection,” said Capin.

“These kids are being moved by it; a lot of them didn’t know,” she added.

While the exhibit is no longer on display, Capin hopes to find it a permanent home and to present the works during Holocaust Education Week in November.

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/200907221837/Catholic-students-create-Holocaust-memorial-exhibit.html

Lansdale Catholic High School Wins "Generous, Coveted Prize" for Excellence in Holocaustolatry

July 2, 2009

The Noahide faith is strong at this formerly Catholic High School.

Holocaust Arts Contest as a Way to Teach Tolerance

July 02, 2009

Lynn B. Edelman – Jewish Federation Feature

Eileen Hildenbrand, chairperson of the English Department at Lansdale Catholic High School, expressed her delight at learning that her school will soon receive a coveted prize from the sponsors of the recent Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust — the Clara Isaacman Memorial Holocaust Trunk: “This generous gift, valued at more than $1,500, will provide our students with a wealth of Holocaust educational materials that we did not currently have, and will be utilized by our students in a variety of subjects.”

Hildenbrand explained that the Holocaust is explored through the prism of many subject areas at the school, including English, social studies and theology.

“It is an important topic for our students, who are not only United States citizens, but also citizens of the world,” she said, adding that “since we are a Catholic school, our students need to learn about other groups.”

Hildenbrand said she hopes that this knowledge will help to promote tolerance, understanding and respect for others.

She also said that she believes the motto so closely associated with Holocaust education — “Remember not to forget” — has great relevance in today’s society.

“Genocide is a current problem in many parts of the world; perhaps we can learn from the past how to address this issue today,” she pondered.

This is the third time Hildenbrand’s students have been honored by the competition’s judges.

“We encourage our students to enter because it is through the arts that students can explore and express their feelings,” she said.

Students in her English I class created commemorative postage stamps to honor those lost in the Holocaust and/or those Righteous Gentiles who acted to prevent the loss of Jewish lives.

Hildenbrand emphasized that “the role of the Righteous Gentile [see: Noahide] is especially relevant for our students.”

This project was the culminating activity in the students’ exploration of the Holocaust. In preparation, they read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Seniors viewed the movie “Schindler’s List,” while freshmen saw “Miracle at Midnight” to emphasize the role that many Christians played in saving friends and neighbors from the hands of the Nazis.

To help these young people understand the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, several student groups also saw “Paper Clips,” a movie that documented one school’s project to collect one paper clip for each Jewish life lost.

Hildenbrand’s colleague, Elizabeth Burgoon, helped her senior class to create scrapbooks that marked the lives of various fictional people who lived during the Holocaust through letters and pictures. To prepare for this competition entry, students read Night by Elie Weisel and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book by Irish novelist John Boyne that was recently made into an award-winning movie.

Throughout the course of their school experience, the Catholic students will have much exposures to Holocaust studies, as well as ample opportunity for discussion. Said Hildenbrand: “We are trying to help them gain knowledge about a very dark period in history and learn from the past how to create a better world.”

The multimedia entries from Lansdale Catholic High School students and other competition participants were displayed from June 3 through June 15 at the Moore College of Art & Design.

Award winners were honored during a ceremony at the college on June 8.

The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, now in its 36th year, provides students in grades seven to 12, of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, with a chance to respond to the Holocaust and its related issues through creative expression. Students are encouraged to submit original written, musical, art, film and creative dance works that focus on Holocaust themes.

The contest is sponsored by the Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, in cooperation with the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Sons and Daughters of Holocaust Survivors, Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association of Philadelphia, Samuel Pelta Holocaust Education Endowment, Jewish Publication Society and Moore College of Art & Design. It is named in honor of Mordechai Anielewicz, the 19-year-old leader of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto.

For more information, call Beth Razin at Federation: 215-832-0536 (e-mail: brazin@jfgp.org).

http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/19151/

Lansdale Catholic High School Wins "Generous, Coveted Prize" for Excellence in Holocaustolatry

July 2, 2009

The Noahide faith is strong at this formerly Catholic High School.

Holocaust Arts Contest as a Way to Teach Tolerance

July 02, 2009

Lynn B. Edelman – Jewish Federation Feature

Eileen Hildenbrand, chairperson of the English Department at Lansdale Catholic High School, expressed her delight at learning that her school will soon receive a coveted prize from the sponsors of the recent Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust — the Clara Isaacman Memorial Holocaust Trunk: “This generous gift, valued at more than $1,500, will provide our students with a wealth of Holocaust educational materials that we did not currently have, and will be utilized by our students in a variety of subjects.”

Hildenbrand explained that the Holocaust is explored through the prism of many subject areas at the school, including English, social studies and theology.

“It is an important topic for our students, who are not only United States citizens, but also citizens of the world,” she said, adding that “since we are a Catholic school, our students need to learn about other groups.”

Hildenbrand said she hopes that this knowledge will help to promote tolerance, understanding and respect for others.

She also said that she believes the motto so closely associated with Holocaust education — “Remember not to forget” — has great relevance in today’s society.

“Genocide is a current problem in many parts of the world; perhaps we can learn from the past how to address this issue today,” she pondered.

This is the third time Hildenbrand’s students have been honored by the competition’s judges.

“We encourage our students to enter because it is through the arts that students can explore and express their feelings,” she said.

Students in her English I class created commemorative postage stamps to honor those lost in the Holocaust and/or those Righteous Gentiles who acted to prevent the loss of Jewish lives.

Hildenbrand emphasized that “the role of the Righteous Gentile [see: Noahide] is especially relevant for our students.”

This project was the culminating activity in the students’ exploration of the Holocaust. In preparation, they read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Seniors viewed the movie “Schindler’s List,” while freshmen saw “Miracle at Midnight” to emphasize the role that many Christians played in saving friends and neighbors from the hands of the Nazis.

To help these young people understand the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, several student groups also saw “Paper Clips,” a movie that documented one school’s project to collect one paper clip for each Jewish life lost.

Hildenbrand’s colleague, Elizabeth Burgoon, helped her senior class to create scrapbooks that marked the lives of various fictional people who lived during the Holocaust through letters and pictures. To prepare for this competition entry, students read Night by Elie Weisel and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book by Irish novelist John Boyne that was recently made into an award-winning movie.

Throughout the course of their school experience, the Catholic students will have much exposures to Holocaust studies, as well as ample opportunity for discussion. Said Hildenbrand: “We are trying to help them gain knowledge about a very dark period in history and learn from the past how to create a better world.”

The multimedia entries from Lansdale Catholic High School students and other competition participants were displayed from June 3 through June 15 at the Moore College of Art & Design.

Award winners were honored during a ceremony at the college on June 8.

The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, now in its 36th year, provides students in grades seven to 12, of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, with a chance to respond to the Holocaust and its related issues through creative expression. Students are encouraged to submit original written, musical, art, film and creative dance works that focus on Holocaust themes.

The contest is sponsored by the Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, in cooperation with the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Sons and Daughters of Holocaust Survivors, Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association of Philadelphia, Samuel Pelta Holocaust Education Endowment, Jewish Publication Society and Moore College of Art & Design. It is named in honor of Mordechai Anielewicz, the 19-year-old leader of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto.

For more information, call Beth Razin at Federation: 215-832-0536 (e-mail: brazin@jfgp.org).

http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/19151/