Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education
The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education was established to prepare school district professionals and support staff to implement Florida Statue 10003:42: Required Instruction of the Holocaust, by providing professional learning opportunities. The Center provides direct services to educators in Southeastern Florida by teaching the history of the Holocaust to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference; to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to understand the consequences of prejudice and bigotry; to identify behaviors that discriminate against people; to know when and how we on behalf of others whether we know them or not; and to become active citizens who are able to uphold the dignity of all people.
Response to Tragedy in Pittsburgh
We are deeply saddened by the tragic event which unfolded on a quiet Saturday morning inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We offer our condolences for the eleven people killed, the six people wounded, including brave first responders, their families and friends. All this tragedy and loss was caused because one individual decided to act on his deeply-held anti-Semitic beliefs.
The outrage caused by this senseless, hatred-filled act has traveled far beyond the Jewish communities of this Synagogue, the families and friends of the victims, and first responders. It has united the entire community and been felt across U.S. and the world. We hope the world-wide response to this tragedy will encourage each of us to think about how we treat each other. Hopefully it is with respect to everyone regardless of who ever that is. Each of us has worth and something to contribute to our communities. Violence and hate which results in taking life diminishes all of us. The lessons of the Holocaust and the millions of lives lost because of anti-Semitism show us this painful truth. Going forward, let us ask ourselves - what will we do when we confront such hatred and how can we work to diminish it? The history of the Holocaust has taught us that when biased behaviors and attitudes are normalized and justified, they can escalate until violent hatred becomes widespread, devastating society. We use the phrase of Education is the best hope against hatred… In the past few days, we have seen the ramifications of hate in full force. It is frightening for all of us. Our mission is to educate-- Every year we are able to reach more and more teachers and subsequently more and more students. By learning about the Holocaust, we teach the importance of combating prejudice, hatred and indifference. We apply the lessons of the Holocaust to understand the consequences of prejudice and bigotry. We want our students to understand when and how to act on behalf of others and to become active citizens who are able to uphold the dignity of all people. We want to ensure that young people today are taught about injustices brought against humanity by providing what is necessary to stop future genocides from happening.
Education is the best hope against hatred. We remain steadfast in our mission to educate teachers, students and members of the community.
The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and the Florida Department of Education Commissioner's Task Force on Holocaust Education.