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Echoes and Reflections Educators Participate in The Daffodil Project at Anne Frank Memorial in Idaho

On April 7, 2015, The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights (The Center) hosted an Echoes and Reflections professional development program for 38 middle and high school teachers in Boise, Idaho. The Center promotes respect for human dignity and diversity through education and has hosted Echoes and Reflections programs since 2007. It is home to the only Anne Frank Memorial in the United States and is one of the few places in the world where the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights is on permanent, public display.

Holocaust survivor joins Echoes and Reflections program in Idaho

Weissberger (right), a Holocaust survivor, stands in front of the stone placed in her honor at the Anne Frank Memorial

Educators spent a full day delving deeply into Echoes and Reflections pedagogy and resources with facilitator and classroom-educator, Kim Klett. The program included a presentation and meeting with Ela Weissberger, a Holocaust survivor, who shared stories of the years she spent as a prisoner of Theresienstadt. The group joined Weissberger at the Anne Frank Memorial where they honored her by placing a large stone in the park and planted a daffodil in her honor as part of The Daffodil Project.

Dan Prinzing, Executive Director of The Wassmuth Center, said, “We see a need for the quality education Echoes and Reflections brings to our community. Folks are really looking for materials and many are new to teaching the Holocaust.”

“People really appreciated having a classroom teacher as a trainer,” Prinzing adds. “Kim brought the personal perspective of working with her own students. She wove in stories about integrating Echoes and Reflections material in her own classroom and offered a supportive perspective for our teachers.”

Half of the attendees have also chosen to continue their education and will participate in a three-part online module series hosted by The Center. The series will take a deeper look at Echoes and Reflections materials and examine links between the study of the Holocaust and becoming an upstander.

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