Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education Observes International Holocaust Commemoration Day
“What step can you take to help eliminate prejudice and genocide to create a brighter future for all people?”
Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) through the event “Footprints in Hope” asked the Seton Hill University community this question as part of its observance of the United Nations International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on January 27, 2014.
Students, faculty and staff wrote down their answers on precut footprints and mounted them on a large banner in the Maura Solarium.
“The activity was a good one because it created discussion about the Holocaust and genocide, and there was a lot of interaction between students and staff,” said Wilda Kaylor, Associate Director of NCCHE.
Seventy responses were made on the banner.
“Teach tolerance!” wrote Michael Arnzen.
“Be accepting and kind to everyone,” wrote Chelsia Poole.
“Do Not Hide, Speak Up!” wrote LauraLee Markle.
“Footprints: Discovering the Holocaust through Historical Artefacts,” a short video focused on shoes and ordinary objects from the Holocaust, was played continuously during the duration of the event. It showed how to use an artifact like a shoe to imagine an individual Holocaust victim’s story.
“We hope that participants left the event with a sense that they can do something to prevent prejudice and genocide,” said Kaylor.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to view the “Steps Towards a Brighter Future” banner on display this week in the Holocaust Center in 312 Admin.