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Carrying knowledge to the future

Students learn about Holocaust through symposium

April 02. 2013 3:38PM

Information focuses on children in the Holocaust

Expands upon and supplements teachings about the Holocaust in classroom between 8th and 12th grade

Students able to get firsthand knowledge from multiple Holocaust survivors

Interactive small-group sessions with survivors

Gain an appreciation toward bias and predjudice on a personal and community level

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Local high school students are taking time to learn about the Holocaust on a personal and interactive level. The Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of NEPA is presenting its 25th year of the annual Teen Symposium on the Holocaust at Marywood University. This particular event has been allowing students to not only learn about the Holocaust and build upon the information they are learing about the subject in school, but also listen to Holocaust survivors talk about their experience during that time.

Hosted at Marywood University, the full- day event is also broken into small groups to allow students to get an interactive experience with the surviors where they can hear stories and ask questions. Director fo the Holocaust Education Resource Center Tova Weiss commented on the impact of this event, “They hear the voices of children who went through different experiences who were close to their age.”

Weiss explained why this event is geared toward the younger generation, “They’re the ones that will be leaders of the future, and they’re the ones that can carry knowledge into the future.”

She added, “One of the things that they can take from this is the underlying messages like taking responsibility for one’s actions.”

This year’s teen symposium will take place May 21 and 22 at Marywood University in Scranton. More information about the Jewish Federation of NEPA can be found at


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