…and perhaps of undocumented children as well. I taught children like these as a bilingual teacher several years ago. And children like these – children with dreams as big as their hearts – are among the closest friends of my daughters. Most come from areas of extreme poverty; many come from areas that, because of violence, are among the most dangerous places in the world.This fine editorial, “Children of Fear,” offers much insight and valuable advice.
This month, we lost another champion of Holocaust studies. Dr. Paul B. Winkler was in charge of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, a position he used to make this critically important subject available to all New Jersey students, teachers, and adults who wanted to learn more. He was a strong supporter of the Korczak Society of the USA and presented at many conferences and workshops dedicated to the life and work of Janusz Korczak.
For more information of this wise and gentle scholar, please visit the page in Dr. Winkler’s honor, at the website for the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Baruch dayan ha-emet.
The Nobel Committee called Elie Wiesel a “messenger to mankind.” He is one of the people I most admire – and for good reason. On July 2, 2016, Elie Wiesel passed away. His words of wisdom and compassion, told with utmost elegance, will live on in his many writings and speeches.
I include a few links:
- The Elie Wiesel Foundation
- National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania “Elie Wiesel”
- New York Times obituary
- PBS Resources
- Huffington Post (how I first heard the very sad news).
“Elie Wiesel gave voice to the voiceless victims of the Holocaust and bore witness in the name of humanity to one of the great crimes against it. His was the voice of memory when others sought to forget, and of defiant hope in the face of despair. He spoke for an entire murdered generation, and did so with dignity, humanity and grace. He was a great survivor, a great Jew, and a great humanitarian. His work was a blessing; so may his memory be.”
-Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Baruch dayan ha’emet! Thank you, Elie, for being such an important part of my life!