AUGUSTA – Summer school is here for some Maine teachers. They are learning lessons they will pass on to their students.
High school teachers from around the state are at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center for an intensive two-day training session on the Holocaust.
According to Executive Director Shenna Bellows, the lessons they learn this week at the center will have a broader impact.
“We bring them here so they can be immersed in Holocaust history and the tools to teach about the Holocaust and then bring that back to their own classrooms all across the state,” Bellows said.
Auburn middle school teacher Sonja Abbott said the seminar will help educators better understand the significance of the Holocaust and in turn, help their students understand it.
“I think it’s important for students to understand that there is not this Jewish Holocaust happening right now but there are other versions, smaller versions, happening with other cultural or religious groups in the world,” Abbott said.
The seminar isn’t the only chance to learn more about the Holocaust.
Throughout the year, members of the center will be going into various schools throughout the state.
“We use the lessons of the Holocaust to teach never again. It’s never okay to have prejudice and bias. We need to do everything we can to confront prejudice or discrimination before it leads to violence or worse,” Bellows said.
“Our mission is to inspire people to reflect and act on their moral responsibility to confront prejudice, discrimination and intolerance using the lessons of the Holocaust and other human rights tragedies in human history,” Bellows said.
For information about future seminars the center is hosting throughout the summer, visit the Holocaust and Human Rights Center’s website at hhrcmaine.org.