“I like the thought of my students becoming global citizens who can have a rational conversation with anyone — even people who have radically different beliefs than them. I like the idea that my students can be safer in the world if we all start connecting rather than hating.”
“It’s easy to think that when faced with evil, we will choose the side of good. But the rhetoric of evil is slippery. It creeps upon us. The only way to combat it entirely is to remain constantly vigilant.”
Max Garcia, a Holocaust survivor, details how he met my grandfather, a 21 year-old Army sergeant at the end of WWII.
“If you have young children, prepare yourself to talk to them about the world — its darkness as well as its light.”
I agree with Hayes when he says that this is a natural response but that if we don’t dig into the “why” of the Holocaust “that stance blocks the possibility of learning from the subject” (xiii).
“I can’t wait for funds, convenience, or the opportune moment because everything I need to do my part is already at my disposal and it’s there for you, too. Anne had a notebook and a pen. I have a classroom and a love for the written word.”