“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

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 Teens 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 Achievement.

There is no cost to participate in the symposium.

The Holocaust Symposium for Teens is endorsed by Salem State University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Holocaust Legacy Foundation.

SyllabusSchools/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 Teens is funded by Lappin Foundation and includes a trained facilitator and materials. For information about offering the Holocaust Teen Symposium 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 at Lappin Foundation