Secondary V students at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North have been engaged in a learning process where the understanding of our history, the development of both empathy and compassion, as well as empowerment for the future, have been the objectives.
This learning path began with a novel study of the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel, which was read by LBPHS students in Ms. Seremetis` Secondary 5V English classes. The setting for the novel takes place during the Holocaust and follows Eliezer’s family`s horrific journey through to Auschwitz. As a part of the learning process, a visit to the Montreal’s Holocaust Museum was organized by Mr. Joseph Monachino, Spiritual and Community Animator. The visit and the presentations made by Holocaust survivors Rae Gropper and Fishel Goldig made the experiences described in Night real for the students and made the novel study even more impactful. Mr. Monachino stresses that this type of learning opportunity truly enables and empowers each of the students, and it is in this way, and with empowerment such as this, that we can help ensure that events such as the Holocaust never happen again.
These visits are being made possible thanks to a private donor.