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Westchester County high school students have kicked off a week of good deeds known as “Upstander Week.” Thousands of students will “return to their school and take up a cause where they can make a difference,” said County Executive Rob Astorino in a proclamation. The effort is sponsored by the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center in White Plains.
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The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center brought together 250 high school students to listen to a presentation by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief justice of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as part of a special program at the Jacob Burns Media Center in Pleasantville. The students -- from Ossining High School, Iona Preparatory School, Briarcliff High School and Sleepy Hollow High School -- also viewed the film “Watchers of the Sky,” a 2014 American documentary that depicts the journey of lawyer Raphael Lemkin and his efforts in lobbying the United Nations to establish the Genocide Convention.
As Auschwitz survivors and their children this week commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation and mourn the Shoah’s Six Million Jewish victims, Holocaust education in New York State, and elsewhere in the country, looks far different than it did a generation ago. “The Diary of Anne Frank” is still read by countless thousands of middle-school students, as is Elie Wiesel’s “Night,” his harrowing memoir of surviving the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. But more often than not, these iconic books have, over the years, become springboards to wider discussions about genocides in many other times, and many other settings.