From Braintree Public Schools: Braintree High School will commemorate the six millions Jews and five million others who lost their lives as a result of the policies and actions that were carried out by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. During this week, an exhibit of sixteen (from a larger series of forty) panels entitled, “The Courage to Remember” from Simon Wiesenthal Center, will be displayed in the main lobby at Braintree High School. The panels selected reveal the chronological progression of Nazi Germany’s policy toward the six million Jews throughout Europe and toward the five million additional non-combatant victims of Nazi extermination policy.

Students in our tenth grade Modern World History classes will view the exhibit as part of their unit on the Holocaust and its legacy, and global impact, as part of a larger focus on past and present genocides including Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and Darfur. Students will be investigating what prompted leaders to commit such horrific acts against humanity and the lasting impact it had on its victims and survivors and their descendants. Students will also explore and examine the role of the bystander (both individuals and nations) while these acts were being committed and what could have been done to stop or curb the violence.

“The Courage to Remember” program is on loan to Braintree High School through the generosities of Dr. & Mrs. Max Perlitsh of Winchester, Massachusetts, and Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. To assist teachers with the treatment of the content, the Braintree High School social studies department has developed a content and resource guide. This guide will identify the posters in the exhibit display as well as a list of suggested resources and activities that teachers can incorporate in their instruction.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international human rights organization dedicated to educating how to confront anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism, promoting human rights and dignity, and teaching the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. The exhibit is part of Braintree High School’s anti-bullying campaign and is an opportunity for students to reflect, think, and discuss about hate, bullying, and the role of bystander, and the implications and unintended consequences of being indifferent and doing nothing while witnessing acts of bullying and hate toward others.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, invited keynote guest speakers will come to Braintree High School and speak to our students on genocide and on the Holocaust. These presentations will be held in the Grabosky Auditorium and in the media center on the second floor. Students, faculty, and the community are all invited (space permitting). The following speakers are scheduled to speak: