“There is a very personal driving force behind Heidi Berger’s quest to get Canadian provinces to introduce compulsory genocide education to high-school students.” Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press.
Heidi Berger’s late mother, Ann Kasimirski, was a holocaust survivor, who promoted this cause until her death 10 years ago.
Ms. Berger has made it her mission in life to go into the schools all over North America telling her story and talking about genocide. She realized that children of survivors have to carry on the story.
Starting in her home province of Quebec Canada, Ms. Berger says the teachings take on even more importance due to the fact that several Quebec youth have travelled to the Middle East in recent years to join the jihadists groups such as the Islamic States of Iraq and Levant.
“We’re talking about 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds lured into joining ISIS”, said Ms. Berger.
“Something is missing in our core education when not just a couple of bad apples but a significant number are embracing the ideology that encourages slaughter and extinction.” Heidi Berger.
It is so important to preserve the memory of such massacres but the Holocaust survivors are elderly and dying.
The Toronto Canada District School Board has offered a course since 2007 that investigates examples of genocide in the 20th and 21st. centuries, including Armenia, the Holocaust and Rwanda.
Ms. Berger who is a filmmaker and university lecturer carries on her mother’s message in her own presentations of the Holocaust.
An Ethics teacher once told Ms. Berger that students are graduating from grade 11 not knowing what the word genocide means!
Our students and future generations need to be educated! They need to know!
Giving our students the knowledge also gives them power!!
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