Bearing Witness…Day 4, Part 2

Complicity and the Holocaust was something that I thought of prior to coming to Bearing Witness, but I never thought of the complexity of it until these past few days. What defines complicity? What are complicit actions? Why did some people become complicit during the Holocaust? Did they even know they were complicit?

Some Were Neighbors and our further discussion on the exhibit was intriguing. I know that I will take several techniques/methods back to my classroom so my students understand this idea in greater depth. As the phrase goes, a picture is worth a thousand words…pictures from the European Jewish communities during the Holocaust may say thousands of words! I can’t wait to partake in this activity with my students!

The time at the Embassy of Israel was something special. Hearing from the Counselor of Academic Affairs and listening to his description of modern Israel was great! Their innovative minds and technological creativity is inspiring!

Kenneth Jacobson’s telling of how Jews see Israel today was powerful. His knowledge and passion for this topic is unmatched. I was able to see how the relationships that the Jews have in the region are essential to their success. It was also interesting to hear how the US is significant to the development of the region.

Today was very overwhelming. It was heavy with a lot of information but full of knowledge that I will be taking back to my students and school community. The main idea that I will discuss is the idea of complicity. Students need to see how their actions can be seen as complicity during some actions they take against others.

Today was a lot to process. Tomorrow we learn how to apply more of this in class! See you at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops!

Author: acottos

I'm a 5/6 Social Studies teacher who is passionate about education and working for what is best for students. I am an aspiring educational leader who is looking forward to working as a principal or school leader to help further the education of my students and staff.

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