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K-12 Holocaust Studies to host highly experienced historian in PBC

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For five months in Florida, speaking in schools located in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Orange Counties, Mr. Jan Malecha, an historian and highly experienced guide from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial in Weimar, Germany will be traveling to the U.S. as part of an educational interchange to speak in classrooms at the district’s high schools on Holocaust Studies.

The Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc. is an educational charitable organization founded by Mr. and Mrs. Craig Weiner of South Florida that is an organization dedicated to the expansion and enhancement of Holocaust education programs with the goal of teaching young people greater tolerance and respect for others. The organization raises funds strictly for the purpose of providing Holocaust education.

From January 6 to January 15, 2014, through the sponsorship of the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc., the K-12 Holocaust Studies will be hosting Mr. Malecha and while in the Palm Beach County School District, Mr. Malecha will meet with teachers on January 6, 2014 at an in-service (Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center) at which time he will discuss the presentations he will be conducting with students. Some of the high schools included are Suncoast High School, Olympic Heights, Seminole Ridge, Wellington, Palm Beach Central, Dwyer, and West Boca High School.

The Holocaust, also known as The Shoah (Hebrew: השואה HaShoah) and the Porrajmos in Romani, is the name applied to the systematic persecution and genocide of the Jews, other minority groups, those considered enemies of the state and also the disabled and mentally ill of Europe and North Africa during World War II by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Early elements of the Holocaust include the Kristallnacht pogrom of the November 8 and 9, 1938, and the T-4 Euthanasia Program, leading to the later use of killing squads and extermination camps in a massive and centrally organized effort to exterminate every possible member of the populations targeted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler's concept of a racially pure, superior race did not have room for any whom he considered to be inferior. Jews were, in his view, not only racially sub-human but traitors involved in a timeless plot to dominate the world for their own purposes.

REF: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Holocaust

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office Dec. 2013

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