IN PERSON: While 50% of adult Americans believe the Holocaust could happen again, 10% claim to have never heard of the Holocaust, and 40% could not name a concentration camp or ghetto. People are wearing "Not Vaccinated" yellow Stars of David, comparing mask mandates to the Nazi persecution of Jews, and shirts with slogans like "Camp Auschwitz" or "6MWE." There is a two-thirds increase in antisemitic incidents. Is history repeating itself? Using pictorial evidence of events and videos of survivor testimonies, this interactive course will explore the human attitudes and behaviors that not only led to the murder of 6 million Jews but are still evident today. The instructor will share the challenges his parents faced surviving in the open using fake identities as non-Jews, and what it was like growing up as a child of survivors. We will use lessons learned from the Holocaust to look at our own attitudes and behaviors toward others, and what we can do to help fulfill the promise of "Never Again." | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 24.
A child of two Holocaust survivors, former docent at Holocaust Museum Houston and retired clinical social worker, Shelly Bleiweiss has been a Holocaust educator for over 20 years, including five years as an OLLI instructor. A member of the North Carolina State Council on the Holocaust and North Carolina's Holocaust Speakers Bureau, he has spoken to teachers, schoolchildren, and community, church and civic organizations. He has been the featured speaker at community Holocaust commemorations.