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【The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre】

Theme:Sylwia, 北米, 歴史

(Contributed by Sylwia)
On November 17th, 2014, I visited the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. The Centre is located in North York and is a small space that holds artifacts from the Holocaust, as well as information about the genocide. The centre also has a theatre, although I did not watch any documentary or presentation that they would have shown. I thought it had a small but interesting exhibit. I liked that it had a Canadian focus, as well, as it really put the efforts of Canadians at the forefront of the exhibits. I thought it also had a significant focus on youths in the Holocaust, which would particularly resonate with young students. They most interesting artifact that the centre held was a Torah manuscript that was saved from the being burned during Kristallnacht by a soldier and then given to the first Rabbi he saw (if I can recall correctly). But, these types of artifacts tell an interesting story about significant moments in Holocaust history like Kristallnacht.
The only problem with the Education Centre is that it is so small and, thus, you can’t really see many interesting artifacts. I also worry that it may be difficult to bring a lot of students to the centre if you want to organize a field trip. Because I went there on my own, without a guided tour, I feel that I may not have gotten the full effect of the centre. Perhaps with a guided tour and with a presentation, it may have made the experience more poignant. But, I do think it is a good entry point for students into Holocaust studies.
Having been to other Holocaust museums, especially in Europe, this one was a bit underwhelming; however, I may not have gotten the full experience. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a good way to introduce students to the Holocaust and it did provide interesting information about young people and Canadians, during that period. I can absolutely see myself taking a class to this museum in the future. I believe that at this venue, students are able to meet an actual Holocaust survivor, which would be a very valuable experience for them. Thus, compared with other PPDP activities, I can see this being useful in the future, as a history teacher.

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