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Holocaust History: Raising Awareness of the Significance of the Holocaust Among Young People


On Nov. 9-10, 1938, attacks against Jewish communities living in Germany came to be known as Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass. The ensuing years of the Holocaust led to the mass murder by Germans of millions of European Jews.

A recent nationwide study found that Holocaust history is poorly understood by younger Americans today. We explore the history of the Holocaust, and what Maine students learn about this terrible but important period.


Shenna Bellows, executive director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

Abraham Peck, adjunct professor of history, University of Southern Maine; child of Holocaust survivorsl founder, holocaust, genocide, and human rights studies, University of Maine

Edith Lucas Pagelson (daughter Ruth Lucas Finegold), Holocaust survivor, resident of Falmouth

Heidi Omlor, social studies teacher, Ellsworth High School


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.