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The Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC) Book Club eagerly anticipates the start of its seventh year. Its primary purpose is to foster a greater understanding of the history of the Holocaust, including its origins and processes, as well as to promote good relations among diverse groups within our community. The public is always welcome and encouraged to participate.

Four books are selected this season and discussion groups will be held on the second Thursday every other month from September through March. All meetings will be held at the Main Branch of the Leon County Public Library in Program Room B from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

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Leon High students take top honors at National History Fair

National History Fair winners Creed King and Kate Powell with Morgan Symanski, Florida NDH representative and national NEH representative.
(Photo: Special to the Democrat)

CD Davidson-Hiers,
Democrat staff writer

Creed King and Kate Powell, rising juniors at Leon High School, won first place in the Senior group Exhibit category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest Thursday.

The competition took place at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Their project, titled, “Are You Going to Help Me Save the World? From Nuremberg to Now: Benjamin Ferencz’s Lifelong Stand for LAW. NOT WAR,” was on display Wednesday at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, according to a news release.

Their project won against entries from more than half a million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia in the 2017 National History Day® Contest.

For King, the experience of personally interviewing Benjamin Ferencz, the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will stay with her.

She also made note of the archives available at Florida State University at the Institute for World War II and the Human Experience.

“They are not well-known, and therefore not over-used,” she said.

For Powell, the connection to her grandfather, a surviving World War II veteran, made the project a powerful experience.

“Also, Mr. Ferencz is an amazing man and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to hear his story firsthand,” she said.

Powell and King will be distinguished as National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars as they return home to Tallahassee.

This is the fourth time competing for the two, who have been placing together in the history competition since 6th grade.



Courtesy of Tallahassee Democrat

Teachers attend 14th annual Holocaust Educator’s Conference

Dr. Mary Johnson, a senior historian at Facing History and Ourselves, led the conference
(Photo: Elizabeth George Photography)

Special to the Chronicle

The Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC) held their 14th annual Holocaust Educator’s Conference. HERC’s mission is to provide instructional guidance, support and resources for educators who teach the history of the Holocaust, and educational programs for the community at large.

The conference stretched from Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10, 2017. The event was held at and partnered with Florida State University.

Barbara Goldstein, HERC’s executive director, said the goal of this year’s conference was to, “gain higher attendance by teachers and to provide valuable resources for Holocaust education such as films and books.”

There were 35 teachers in attendance.

This year, the conference was presented by Dr. Mary Johnson, a senior historian at Facing History and Ourselves. Throughout the three days, Dr. Johnson introduced a range of topics. She included ideas such as human behavior, preconditions for the Holocaust, voices and video testimonies, and the Nuremberg Trials.

Second Generation, a Holocaust writer’s workshop, presented the works of three children of Holocaust survivors.

On June 10th, Jan Munn, an art teacher from Chaires Elementary, led attendees in creating Holocaust Memorial stones. Eventually, the memorials will be displayed at the HERC building.

After asking attendees thoughts of the conference, Shekishma O’Reilly said, “I love the discussion on how to put this knowledge into practice in the classroom.”

Kimberly Morris stated that the conference was, “so very interesting and engaging.”

Overwhelmingly, those in attendance believed that more educators must attend and experience the conference firsthand.

For more information see www.holocaustresources.org


Courtesy of Tallahassee Democrat

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The Holocaust Education Resource Council has been established as a Non-Profit Organization to sponsor the Annual Student Holocaust Essay/Art Contest, Teacher Training Workshops, and community outreach.

Less than $1.00 is allotted for each student annually in the State of Florida for education of the Holocaust. It is nearly impossible for students to grasp the material and understand its relevance with inadequate curriculum, training and supplies. It is imperative our future generations recognize the danger of prejudice and hate and instead approach others with respect and acceptance.