Lessons from the Holocaust to be shared with Catholic students
By Sharyn McCowen
16 January, 2011
Anthony Cleary, director of religious education and evangelisation for the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, is in Jerusalem this month to develop a greater understanding of the Holocaust which he can then share with teachers and students in Australia.
Mr Cleary received a scholarship from the Gandel Foundation and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, to attend an international program.
“I’m very conscious of the significance of the event of the Holocaust as a terrible event in human history but also showing why religious dialogue is so important,” he said.
[...] A former history and English teacher, Mr Cleary previously taught students about the Holocaust from books.
“One thing I really hope to do at the end of it is to educate young people in our schools,” he said. “I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the cradle of Christian religion. I’m also looking forward to an immersion of Jewish culture and come to a greater understanding of something I used to be the teacher of for many years.
[...] The course runs from January 5-24, and Mr Cleary will then return to Sydney to examine the possibility of incorporating this information into the curriculum, and into the education of teachers.
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And just now I see that Mr. Cleary has written a piece for The Catholic Weekly, in connection with the upcoming "Holocaust Memorial Day":
http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/article.php?classID=1&subclassID=2&articleID=7732&class=Latest News&subclass=CW National
Feast of Sts. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs, and of St. Canute, King, Martyr, A.D. 2011