CHARLOTTE—Roles were reversed in Charlotte Thursday as dozens of teachers became students.
The N.C. Council on the Holocaust brought its education workshop to the Queen City. The council is designed to show teachers how to turn that painful past into valuable lessons for their students in and out of the classroom.
''The Holocaust is not a Jewish event. Hitler could have picked on anybody," said Council Chair Michael Abramson. "I saw what she went through and losing all the members of her family and I heard about her experience."
Since 1981, when then-Governor Jim Hunt commissioned the Council, the group has been teaching tolerance and diversity using the painful lessons of the past. The lessons have been given to both students and teachers alike.
"We look at genocide today we look at Rwanda we look at southern Sudan and we look at why people still hate today," said Abramson.
About 150 middle and high school teachers from across the region filed into the Levine Jewish Community Center to learn how to use this history lesson to affect change in and out of their classrooms.
"The Holocaust is a very clear close resemblance to bullying that they see today. And they'll be able to make those connections and they'll also prevent it in the future," said seventh-grade teacher Sarah Hunt.
The next workshop is Monday, March 26 in Wilkesboro. The following workshop is Thursday, April 5 in Enka in Buncombe County. To register, visit the N.C. Council on the Holocaust website.