Statement on shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue
The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and Seton Hill University strongly condemn the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims whose lives were lost in this senseless tragedy.
Recently antisemitism and bigotry have been on a steady rise in the United States. The escalation of hateful rhetoric needs to be addressed and condemned in the strongest terms possible in order to avoid such tragedies in the future.
About the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education
The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) makes scholarship on the Holocaust and other acts of genocide accessible to educators at every level. Seton Hill established this Center on its campus in 1987. The university initiated this national Catholic movement toward Holocaust studies in response to the urging of Pope John Paul II to recognize the significance of the SHOAH, the Holocaust, and to “promote the necessary historical and religious studies on this event which concerns the whole of humanity today” (Letter to Archbishop John L. May, 1987).
Photo Copyright: Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany. Lubny, Ukraine, German soldiers standing next to Jewish women and children at the assembly point, 16/10/1941.