In July 2018 a selected group of 15 top educators from various schools across the country participated in the CSYV Holocaust Scholarship Program. Participants completed the first part of the program, attending the International in class seminar in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Scholarship recipients had rare opportunities to learn from leading experts in Holocaust studies, discover significant research and pedagogical materials in Holocaust education, hear first-hand experiences of the Shoah from Holocaust survivors, and more.
2018 CSYV SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Kim Baron, Holly Burrows, Jeremy Glass, Jane Grant, Darrell Hall, Robert Jardine, Daphna Leibovici, Norm MacQueen, Donica McConnell, Charles Pendleton, Michelle Phair, Mireille Prevost, Michael Teversham, Suzie Virk-Sull, Anna-Mae Wiesenthal (Photo taken at Yad Vashem with all seminar participants).
Highlights from the program included:
Lectures by world-renowned experts in the discipline of Holocaust studies such as Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Dr. Irit Abramski, Dr. Gideon Greif and more. Yehuda Bauer lectured about the unprecedentedness of the Holocaust in an age of genocide. The Holocaust stands apart from other ethnic cleansings – it was the only genocide perpetrated for unpragmatic reasons, Prof. Bauer stated. Participants learned about Nazi racial ideology and the Jewish question. The Holocaust was a result of eliminationist antisemitism. Children were considered as main enemies, Prof. Irit Abramski said. They also heard about a persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany. The Holocaust was not a new phenomenon, it was a continuation of an old antisemitism. The innovation of the Nazi politics was its racial element, Dr. Gideon Greif emphasized.
Visit of Oscar Shindler’s grave with two Schindler survivors. Our scholarship participants traveled to the grave of Oscar Schindler with Holocaust survivors Nachum and Genya Manor, who were both saved by Oscar Schindler. Nachum gave his personal insight into this unique man who is one of the most famous “Righteous among the Nations”.