In 1994, the State of New Jersey, at the urging of religious, civic and political leaders, mandated the study of the Holocaust. At New Milford High School, Holocaust education is approached through classroom instruction, field experiences and the study of the Holocaust at authentic learning sites in Europe.
A semester course entitled The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Behavior is available as an elective course for students in grades 11 and 12. Students involved in this course will learn about the warning signs of genocide and how this relates to the past and present.
Students are exposed to the testimonies of living survivors through classroom visits, the use of video-conferencing technology or via the Shoah Visual History Archive.
All students involved in the semester course are offered an opportunity to study for two days at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. This museum experience provides an opportunity to move education beyond the confines of the classroom and allows the students to interact with the history through photos, images, historical texts and artifacts.
An advanced high school seminar is afforded to interested students through an application process. Students who meet the criteria for acceptance will visit Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Olomouc-Trsice, Czech Republic; and Krakow, Poland.
The goal of this program is to foster an understanding of the Holocaust within the context of genocide and through this experience students will bring these lessons to the present day as they share their personal growth with their families, the community and the school community.
The Holocaust Study Tour is an annual program for New Milford High School students. The program has also included students from Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City, New Jersey; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park, Kansas; and Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, California.
This program is not possible without the generous contributions from our donors.