Holocaust stories shared with students

By Madeleine Byron

Powerful messages of courage and injustice can be experienced during the next fortnight through a travelling exhibition about the Holocaust visiting Shepparton.

The Courage to Care exhibition features interactive multimedia learning, providing examples of ordinary people known as the Righteous Among the Nations — non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust — and the heroes of other genocides whose courage saved lives.

Organisation vice-chairman Les Kausman said the exhibition allowed students to learn about the consequences of unfettered racism, prejudice, bullying and bystander behaviour.

‘‘Students will hear from Holocaust survivors ... I always tell them (students) they are very blessed to hear from someone who was there,’’ Mr Kausman said.

Opening with a short film, Mr Kausman said hidden messages inspired the students to respect history.

‘‘The messages are: the future’s in your hands; if you see something wrong, stand up just like these heroes,’’ he said.

‘‘We provide a life-changing experience for young people, the evaluations and follow-ups show that; and the impact we have on teachers is even greater than what we have on the students.’’

The Shepparton program will set out to engage more than 1000 secondary school students from 14 different schools across the region.

The Courage to Care Exhibition and Education Program is open to the general public outside of school programs until Friday, June 28, located at St Luke’s Catholic Primary School Hall, 629 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Shepparton North.

For more information or to book a viewing of the exhibition, phone 95330955 or email [email protected]