Women share families’ Holocaust experiences
and hold essay contest to promote awareness, tolerance

By Lisa Fingeroot

Barbara Goldstein and Rita Blank can speak authoritatively but easily about the Holocaust and their parents’ incarcerations in some of the Nazis’ most infamous death camps, but what bothers them most right now is why a Leon County elementary-school student told his Jewish classmate he might dress like a Nazi for Halloween.

“It can go on anywhere, any place, any school, and that’s what we’re trying to prevent,” Goldstein said.

The women are co-chairs of the Tallahassee Holocaust Education Program, established just more than a year ago by the National Council of Jewish Women, Tallahassee Section.

Goldstein and Blank have spearheaded the creation of a teacher-education program, hosted the second annual session of that program, collected books and other materials for teachers to use in their classrooms while teaching about the Holocaust, garnered two grants, began a partnership with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and just recently launched a countywide Holocaust essay contest.