“A Legacy of Caring, Compassion and Character”
Dr. Eva Olsson uses the Holocaust and her experiences in it as a springboard to discuss the following key issues:
- The power of hate and the need to stop it wherever it occurs. She focuses on bullying in society, which has become an especially big problem.
- The importance of not being a bystander when bad things are happening. Evil thrives when good people stand back and let it happen. People must stand together to oppose evil. Students are reminded of the impact of their behaviour on others.
- The importance of having compassion and respect for self and others -It must go beyond mere tolerance. Young citizens have to see these qualities displayed by the adults in their lives, especially at home and in their schools..
- Every parent, teacher, coach, student, politician, and business person alike, has a responsibility to demonstrate leadership to ensure their community is a safe, compassionate and accepting place to live in.
Eva’s PowerPoint presentation contains pictures from the Holocaust and pictures taken when she retraced her life in 2007, visiting her birthplace and three concentration camps.