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MEDIA CONTACT : Janette Robbins

561-297-4076, jrobbi13@fau.edu or

Rose Gatens

 561-297-2929, rgatens@fau.edu


FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Receives Major Gift from Arthur Gutterman


            BOCA RATON, FL (April 15, 2010) Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education recently received a major gift donation from Arthur Gutterman to help continue the important work of the Center. Gutterman’s gift will fully fund five endeavors scheduled for fall 2010 through spring 2011.

In addition to a Broward teacher workshop and “Facing History: Choices” workshop, part of the gift will support Genocide Awareness Month efforts, including an Armenian exhibit and an additional “Facing History” workshop. Another portion will go toward the purchase of new books, DVDs, posters and other supplies for the resource center. A special program on rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust will be sponsored with the remainder of the gift.

“I am happy to be able to help support the Center whose important work benefits hundreds of teachers and thousands of students each year right here in our community,” said Gutterman.

            Earlier this year, Gutterman was honored for previous gifts at the Center’s “Paragons of Virtue Tribute Dinner.” The event recognized donors whose generous contributions allowed the Center to sustain its programs through June 2010. Since spring 2008 when state budget cuts threatened its existence, the Center has relied on private donations to continue providing professional development programs for teachers, and classroom resources for teachers and students, to support Florida’s mandate for Holocaust education.

            “We remain grateful to generous donors who understand how valuable this Center is in educating young people against genocide and hatred, and promoting a respect among all people,” said John Pritchett, interim president of FAU. “Establishing permanent funding sources for the Center remains a priority. We welcome the opportunity to network with those in the community willing to help us reach this goal.”

            The need for human rights education is particularly important today as incidents of anti-Semitism and heightened hostility against immigrant groups and people of color are on the rise. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida is ranked as having the third largest number of hate groups in the U.S. with seven active groups in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

            The Center was established in 1996 by the Florida Department of Education to support teachers implementing the state’s mandate for Holocaust education. Through its training, programs and resources, the Center seeks to educate students about the Holocaust in order to nurture citizens who recognize prejudice and hatred, including anti-Semitism and racism; understand that such beliefs can lead to genocide; know how to intervene against prejudice and hatred; be prepared to act on behalf of others, even those they may not know; and understand citizens’ responsibility for upholding democracy in a pluralistic society.

Additional funding is still needed to keep the Center open past June 30, 2010. For more information about the Center and its needs, contact Dr. Rose Gatens at 561-297-2929 or rgatens@fau.edu.

- FAU-

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