GA teachers attend Holocaust seminar

From left. Marji Lipchez-Shapiro, director of education for the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League, Paul Jaquiery, a teacher at the Greenwich Academy, Gloria Fernandez-Tearte, a teacher at the Greenwich Academy, and Gloria Holmes, a professor in the School of Education at Quinnipiac University.

From left. Marji Lipchez-Shapiro, director of education for the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League, Paul Jaquiery, a teacher at the Greenwich Academy, Gloria Fernandez-Tearte, a teacher at the Greenwich Academy, and Gloria Holmes, a professor in the School of Education at Quinnipiac University.

Greenwich Academy students aren’t the only ones who take classes as evidenced by Gloria Fernandez-Tearte and Paul Jaquiery, the academy teachers who recently completed the Anti-Defamation League training program, “Echoes and Reflections: A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust,” at Quinnipiac University.

Echoes and Reflections uses visual history, testimony from survivors of the Holocaust, other witnesses and additional primary source documents including maps, photographs, timelines, literature excerpts and other materials.

The curriculum is primarily used in high schools in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust’s Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.

In addition, the teachers attended a lecture by Holocaust survivor Anita Ron Schorr, of Fairfield, who shared her stories of surviving concentration camps including Terezin and Auschwitz. Ms. Schorr served as a slave laborer in Hamburg before reaching Bergen-Belsen, where she was liberated.

She left Israel in 1948 to join the Haganah, a Jewish parliamentary organization, and participated in the War of Independence before coming to the United States in 1959. Despite her horrific and heartbreaking experiences, she leads a life of optimism making Holocaust education a key mission in her life.

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