The Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) and the Center for Student Life and Leadership started off the spring semester with a powerful and moving event in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event was hosted in the Fireside Dining Room on Thursday, January 26, one day before the official International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A week prior, the ASSC visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles for their spring retreat focusing on cultural consciousness and diversity training. It was at the museum they learned about the holocaust genocide of Jews.
The ASSC wanted to bring back their experiences from the museum and bring it back to campus. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the ASSC mimicked the experience rendered at the Museum of Tolerance. The interactive experience recreated what Jews went through with different informational tables, starting with a check-in table. Students received a card with information about a real child and their experiences. Students proceeded on the walk through learning of the multitude of atrocities, some including: sterilization, altitude and chemical warfare testing and starvation. Students then learned about the fate of their child and sadly most did not survive. Concluding the walkthrough was a reflection table that highlighted acts of intolerance and hate relevant today and challenged students to consider what they could do as individuals to prevent history from repeating itself. Photos and “We Remember” signs were posted around building 6 to honor the 6 million people that were systematically killed. Pictures that were taken of students holding signs were sent to the World Jewish Congress to contribute to their “We Remember Commemoration” marking the largest Holocaust Remembrance event.
Article by Margo Feldman