In Germany they first came for the communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasen't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasen't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me - and by that time no one was left to speak up.Pastor Martin Niemoller
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During April and May each year, the Dreamcatcher
Team at Galion Middle School in Galion, Ohio,
will be working on a unit called
Holocaust: A Lesson in Acceptance.
A holocaust is a disaster that results in the
large-scale destruction of life. Although the term has been used to describe many catastrophes over the centuries, today it has special meaning. The Holocaust refers to the annihilation of millions of Jews and other peoples by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany during World War II. Such destruction of a particular race of people or their culture is called genocide.
The extermination of the Jews by the Nazis was different than most other examples of genocide in history. The Holocaust was not the result of a power struggle between two opposing groups, a competition for land and resources, a holy crusade, or an attempt to defeat an enemy in order to win a war. Instead, the Jews were put to death simply because they were Jews. The Nazis believed that the Jews were inferior to most other peoples and sought to literally wipe them from the face of the Earth.
The Holocaust has become a symbol of brutality and of one people's inhumanity to another. The catastrophe is now widely discussed, studied, and dramatized in films and on television in hopes that no one will ever forget what happened. Many people fear that, if the disaster is forgotten, such crimes might be repeated. Unfortunately, such things are going on in Bosnia, in eastern Europe, in North Korea, and in Africa today. Even at home silence and indifference to the sufferings of others, or to the infringement of civil rights in any society, can -- however unintentionally -- serve to perpetuate the problems.
Our goal is to teach our students to be tolerant of others in the hope that we can learn to live together in freedom and peace