The Conspiracy

A Wake Up Call

“Who’s Hitler?”

That is what my friend was asked the other day by a coworker while finishing up work. At first, I thought it was a joke. Then, I realized he wasn’t smiling.

Literally in shock, I continued to ask my friend how could someone be so uninformed. He continued to surprise me by responding, “you’d be amazed.”

Luckily, I read an article recently in the South Florida Jewish Journal that explained how some students in South Florida were being given a wake up call on not only the Holocaust, but genocide as a whole.

According to the Journal:

The four-day trip for the students [on an Anti-Defamation League Mission to Washington, D.C.] from the Donna Klein Jewish Academy and Boca Raton, Pope John Paul II, Grandview, Spanish River and St. Andrews high schools included a morning visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum where the 10 local students and 75 others from high schools in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. heard from Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans.

They learned about the Holocaust and how it started and how to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to modern day genocide, bigotry and hatred, said Yael K. Hershfield, associate director of ADL’s Florida region.

Although the team from South Florida was relatively small, ten students from Boca Raton according to the Journal, I was relieved to know that there are at least some students who are trying to make a statement and provide awareness about issues that shouldn’t be forgotten or ignored.

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