The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) presents a lecture and photo presentation, An Educator's Journey of Spiritual Resistance, Courage and Resilience, about the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program. The lecture will be given by Meryl Menashe, a 2G leader, educator and docent at HMTC who is program liaison for the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program.
To teach the beauty of that life, spiritual resistance during the Holocaust using personal narratives, and ensure that it would not be forgotten, the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program was born. Founded by Vladka Meed 32 years ago, the program has brought over 1100 educators to Holocaust sites and sent them back to their classrooms armed with tools and strategies to bring Holocaust education to all 50 states. The presentation will include sites witnessed including concentration camps, ghettos, memorials, museums and death camps; lessons learned of the unfathomable depths of mankind’s cruelty; and the courage of the human spirit through small, large and heroic acts of resistance.
During the journey, participants observe antisemitism and memorial desecration and rejoice as evidence that Jewish people triumphed through experiencing Israeli students singing Hatikvah at Treblinka, Shabbat in Lublin and Hebrew prayers chanted at Birkenau and so much more. The roads through towns take us to each place; roads in existence during the Shoah, and still lead us there today.