JHNC has contracted with the NC Council on the Holocaust to add a component to their teachers’ workshops that focuses on the state’s response to the Shoah. The intent is to show that Holocaust was not just a European tragedy but changed lives here at home.
JHNC historian Leonard Rogoff led sessions last spring in Fayetteville and this fall in Lincolnton. Nearly 100 teachers attended. After tracing Jewish history in the state, he documented newspaper coverage of Nazi persecutions and the response of state leaders to Jewish immigration. He presented first-person reports from NC veterans who liberated the camps. Jewish emigres, including distinguished scholars, found homes here. The state has also responded to national efforts of Holocaust memorialization.