As an extension of Lessons in the Holocaust, students may have the opportunity to join the organization in Europe on the ground. To truly understand the consequence of hate and peel its layers (if ever really possible), there is nothing more impactful than standing at the gates of Auschwitz and seeing the magnitude of the largest genocide ever committed by humanity.
From Darkness to Light is an immersive education program that brings together educators, law enforcement officials, political leaders and people of influence from all sectors of society. The idea is to provide a universal educational platform that can enhance cultural proficiency and sensitivity and be applicable in all spheres of professional life.
For educators, this program provides substantive context and tools to engage students at all levels about respect, acceptance, diversity and pluralism. Without these basic values that contribute to civil society, our social fabric can easily fray.
For law enforcement that operates on the front lines each day, understanding the critical nature of hate crime and hate speech is fundamental to their profession - particularly at the senior level. More and more, police services around the world are confronted by racial tension and must be equipped and sensitized to respond to it.
Section I. In the introductory session of this program, students are required to read a large number of materials and books relating to the Holocaust, genocide and discrimination. Students attend 2-3 workshops to review these materials and must attend the Lessons in the Holocaust workshop to qualify to attend.
Section II. The program begins in Berlin, Germany at the Wannsee Conference House where the Final Solution was hatched. Students visit the mansion outside the city centre and review materials and documents that showcase how it was that the genocide was agreed upon and carried out. The students also meet with officials, visit memorial sites and the central Jewish museum.
Section III. From Berlin, students fly to Krakow, Poland. In Krakow, students first begin by learning about the Polish Jewish community; visit its old synagogues and community centre; visit the renowned Oscar Schindler Factory and finally, travel to Auschwitz on a full day immersive guided educational program.
Section IV. From Krakow, students fly to Israel for a three day immersive experience to understanding the aftermath of the Holocaust (by visiting Yad Vashem for example) and to visiting the old City of Jerusalem and finally, to participating in co-existence programs between Jewish people, Muslims, Beduins and Druze, among others.
Section V. Upon returning home, students attend a debrief session. At this session, they have an opportunity to explore questions and seek out more resources. They discuss how they will advance their educational program in their work spheres with possible presentations to their colleagues.
Resource Materials/Required Reading: Elie Wiesel – Night; How Could this Happen – Dan McMillan; Max Eisen – By Chance Alone; Oscar Schinder – David Crowe; David Cesarani - Final Solution;
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Join Avi Abraham Benlolo, top Canadian Holocaust and Israel expert who has led 10 delegations on the most meaningful journey of your life - from understanding the Holocaust to the renewed life of the Jewish people in Israel.
The journey is planned for July 2022. To find out more about our application criteria and participation, please contact our office. Due to confidentiality issues, this program may have restrictions.