Rahway High School Educator Chosen For Holocaust Teachers’ Journey Program

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RAHWAY — Debra Natoli, an English teacher at Rahway High School, was chosen to participate in the 2010 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teachers’ Journey this summer. The Holocaust Council of MetroWest, an organization that has provided Holocaust survivor speakers to the high school, has granted her a scholarship to attend this event.

Natoli, is joining with teachers of all ethnic backgrounds from all areas of the United States. This year’s itinerary began with a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Next came a stop in Israel that will feature a visit to Yad VaShem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. The group then traveled to Poland to see a number of the death camps—including Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Plaszow, Majdanek and Belzec—as well as the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

For the first time, the Summer Seminar will include Germany to visit the Jüdisches Museum Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The trip will conclude with a return visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Natoli has been studying at Kean University’s certificate program in Holocaust Education and looks forward to bringing information and materials back to use in the form of a class.

She feels humbled to be chosen for the trip and scholarship and looks forward to visiting Israel again, having lived there for two years following college. Follow her travels at http://debijourney.blogspot.com/ .

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