The 25th Annual Teen Symposium on the Holocaust is scheduled for
May 21 and 22, 2013 to be held at Marywood University.
The Symposium, co-sponsored by the University and the Jewish Federation of NEPA, offers a choice of dates to area schools to bring students for a full day’s focus on the Holocaust. The day begins in the The University’s Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts (Theater building). Several short sessions take place, a movie is screened, and participants hear from a former GI who was a liberator of concentration camps.
The most unique aspect of the day follows: it is the special opportunity to meet with survivors of the Holocaust in small groups (in nearby buildings) so that the meetings are more personal. School groups are divided among the various classrooms so that students can share the different experiences they heard about upon their return to their schools. Among these experiences will be those of ghetto and camp survivors, hidden children, an adolescent passenger on the S/S. St Louis, survivors who “hid openly” under false papers, and others.
After lunch, all participants will have an additional opportunity to hear from one survivor who will give the Keynote Address back in the Theater.
Students and teachers will receive useful materials and teachers will receive a book to broaden their resource collection. Special surprise events are also being planned due to the milestone anniversary of the Symposium.