“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp,
which has turned my life into one long night.”
– Elie Wiesel, Night
In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on:
Memorializing International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th and learning about the tragedy of the Holocaust during WWII.
“Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky,” Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize-winner, wrote in his memoir, Night. It’s important for us to remember the Holocaust not merely because knowing and understanding history is fundamental to education and the human experience, but because the Holocaust is one of the most tragic chapters in all the history of the world. As January 27th 1945 marked the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, today falls to religious institutions, schools, civic organizations, and posterity to ensure that all people, as well as schoolchildren across the world, know about and remember the Nazi-driven genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews. To do our part, we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren, including: