On Monday, March 26th, I accompanied a group of students from the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy on a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The trip was sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) – Pittsburgh District and private donors and it was supported by Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Holocaust Center, and the City of Pittsburgh. The experience was designed not only to supplement in-school curriculum about World War II and the Holocaust, but also to impart a need for tolerance and acceptance of others and to be able to connect it to events happening around the world today.
It was a truly moving experience to see the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of students — watching their reactions to the taped interviews with survivors, seeing their disbelief at the photographs of the camps, and most of all seeing them make connections to the struggles that people their own age went through at that time to stand up for freedom, human rights, and justice against impossible odds.
Thank you to the ZOA – Pittsburgh and the students from the Science and Technology Academy for allowing me to be a part of this important day.