I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness. Gas chambers built by LEARNED engineers, children poisoned by EDUCATED physicians; infants killed by TRAINED nurses, women and babies shot and burned by HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE graduates.
So I am suspicious of education. My request is: help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmann's.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more humane."
Teachers & Education
The Holocaust is a historical event that we cannot afford to forget. What we learn from studying about this terrible time needs to be continually applied to the citizens of our world today. Our students, in particular, must develop an understanding of the Holocaust beyond mere historical facts. It is imperative that young people study the Holocaust to examine human behavior and understand that they have the freedom to make choices that can affect their lives and the lives of others.
The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center provides programs for schools and the greater community that supplement the basic knowledge of Holocaust history and strive to lead individuals to making the world a better place in which to live. We consider educational programs that combat prejudice and promote understanding between people to be the most important memorials to all victims of racist policies.