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To the editor: As chief government of the primary survivor-founded and oldest Holocaust museum in the USA, I used to be deeply moved by Gabriel Ascoli’s op-ed article, “At my high school, the Holocaust is barely taught in history class. That scares me.”

His deeply felt concern that the teachings of the Holocaust may not outlive the final survivors is a legitimate one. Certainly, sadly their years are numbered.

Holocaust Museum LA exists for one cause: to make sure the reality survives. We provide free Holocaust schooling on-line to college students all over the world along with all who move by our doorways, empowering them to face as much as bigotry, hatred and antisemitism.

We encourage Gabriel and anybody so inclined to be taught what occurred in that darkish chapter of humanity and the way to keep away from it from ever repeating itself. We’re the one free cultural establishment in Los Angeles with a sole deal with the Holocaust.

As survivor and museum co-founder Jona Goldrich mentioned: “It’s essential for me to show the younger era in regards to the Holocaust. The world needs to overlook the largest horror mankind ever created, the homicide of 6 million Jews by a rustic that was, on the time, thought-about essentially the most cultured and enlightened on the planet. I’m combating towards forgetting.”

At Holocaust Museum LA, we combat that combat and attempt to encourage humanity by fact. We’re impressed by Gabriel Ascoli.

Beth Kean, Santa Monica

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To the editor: I taught artwork to eighth-graders for 20 years, retiring in 2009. Yearly I included a three-week project that absorbed the scholars in creating collages of photos and phrases to replicate their understanding of how propaganda has been used for political ends.

I taught them how the power of their message will be projected utilizing the weather of artwork and ideas of design, and we labored by the historical past with as a lot major supply materials as potential, together with visits to the Holocaust Museum.

The scholars’ personal reflective essays on the fruits of the mission all the time revealed how intensely the project had affected them.

Ascoli’s glorious essay saddens and worries me as I notice what my college students skilled was not the norm, and given how intensely moved all of them have been by the teachings, I do know that they had nice worth. I really feel gratified that I did a small half within the schooling of my artwork college students for 20 years.

Rosalind Britton, Corona

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To the editor: I attended highschool in Los Angeles within the Sixties. Nearly all of my fellow college students both knew Holocaust survivors personally or, as in my case, had mates whose mother and father have been survivors, full with numbered tattoos on their arms. That they had various levels of willingness to speak about their experiences.

The topic was not solely taught in class; there have been additionally quite a few books and tv tales recounting the details of that interval.

If burying the topic of the Holocaust beneath Mesopotamian historical past is a nationwide pattern in schooling, then we’re certainly in troubling occasions. With the obvious worldwide actions towards authoritarian, borderline-fascist governments, it’s no surprise that teams with neo-Nazi and white nationalist sentiments have gained buy amongst a small however not insignificant phase of the general public.

To paraphrase William Faulkner, the Holocaust is just not historical past — it’s not even the previous.

Edward M. Bialack, Woodland Hills