Holocaust Symposium for
High School Students

Why is Holocaust education important?

  • Demonstrates the dangers of antisemitism, discrimination, dehumanization and hatred
  • Illustrates how institutions can be turned against a segment of society
  • Increases our understanding about human possibilities in extreme and desperate situations
  • Reinforces humanistic values that protect and preserve free and just societies

The Holocaust Symposium for High School Students is an extracurricular program for high school students consisting of:

  • Six 60-90 minute in-person or virtual learning sessions
  • Opportunities to meet Holocaust survivors
  • One book read
  • Two written reflections
  • Optional visit to a Holocaust museum or memorial, pending funding

Students who attend all of the learning sessions, read the book and submit reflections will receive a Certificate of Completion.

There is no cost to participate in the symposium.

The Holocaust Symposium for High School Students is made possible with a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation.

SyllabusSample Syllabus

Schools/organizations can select their own dates.

Session 1
The Holocaust: What, When, Why, Where and How

Session 2
The Power of Symbols & Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass

Session 3
Six Stages of the Holocaust

Session 4
Holocaust book discussion and meet a Holocaust survivor

Session 5
Antisemitism Today

Session 6
Lessons Learned

The Holocaust Symposium for High School Students is funded by Lappin Foundation and includes a trained facilitator and materials. For information about offering the Holocaust Symposium for High School Students to your school or teen group, contact Deborah Coltin, Executive Director, at 978-740-4428 or email dcoltin@lappinfoundation.org.

Apply for the Symposium for your School or Teen Group

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