Teaching Anti-Bullying Through Lessons from the Holocaust – Glen Cove

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County uses the lessons of the Holocaust to fight intolerance and bullying. Bullying has come into the spotlight due to the media coverage of many suicides and deaths related to it. Bullying is preventable and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center offers several workshops to teach people how they can do just that.

The Mission of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach. Open to visitors ages 10 and older, the Center teaches the dangers of antisemitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance. They promote resistance to prejudice and advocate respect for every human being.

The museum displays the period of the Holocaust. There are many that show artifacts, archives, and testimonies from local survivors. The center “uses history to explain the 1930s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews and others, including people with disabilities, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gays, and Polish intelligentsia.”

Teachers at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County use the history of the Holocaust as the basis for all workshops. Workshops are available for students, educators, law enforcement, workplace diversity, and professional development. These lessons link to intolerance, discrimination, and bullying that many people experience in classrooms, at work, and in communities.

Student workshops are offered to teach anti-bullying and anti-bias skills. This workshop focuses on the roles of the bystander and the upstander. Workshops promote respect and acceptance by applying the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s issues of prejudice, apathy, and intolerance.

Advances in communication technology have transformed how we see school bullying.  Bullying is now caught on camera and can be broadcasted online. Bullying is done on Facebook and other social media sites, over texts, and more. There is no more going home to escape the effects of bullying as it follows us everywhere due to technology. As a result, suicide (bullycide and cybercide) has unfortunately become more common for people to escape this torment. 1 in 7 students are victims of bullying. Bullycide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds in the Unites States. Suicide prevention can sometimes begin with a simple intervention during a bullying incident.

Every type of bullying  (cyber, verbal, social, physical or sexual) can be stopped. These Tolerance and Anti-Bullying Workshops not only educate students about the roles they choose (bully, bystander or upstander), but they also provide safe, effective tools to challenge prejudice and harassment. These workshops fulfill New York Social Studies Standards 2, 3, and 5, Cultural Diversity, World History and Geography, and Individual Development and Identity. It also conforms to all four New York ELA Standards, Use of Language in various forms for Understanding, Response and Expression, Analysis and Evaluation, and Social Interaction.

Workshops can be conducted at the Center or at school.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact Louis Papa at 516-571-8040 ext. 103 or louispapa@holocaust-nassau.org.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County
100 Crescent Beach Road  Glen Cove, NY 11542
Contact info:
(516) 571-8040

Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Requested admission donation:
Adults $10
Seniors $5
Students $4







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