Originally published in Compass, September 13, 2012
Speaker series in Blue Hill to present talk on Holocaust history
George Stevens Academy’s Summer Speaker Series will present “A Personal Look at Holocaust History and Its Implications” Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. at the academy. The talk will be given by Holocaust educator Helen Dunn and GSA history teacher William Case.
Dunn of Manhattan, New York, was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929. Her talk addresses themes of denial, propaganda, making a difference: those who helped, the strength of the human spirit—choices under devastating circumstances. She will relate her own experience traveling through Nazi Germany (with the help of her German governess) as she made her way to New York after Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939. She also will share what happened to her family during Hitler’s reign, including her uncle, who was sent from the Terezin holding camp to Auschwitz and on to Dachau before being liberated.
Dunn has spent the majority of her working life at the Winsor School in Boston, primarily teaching English. Now retired, she volunteers at the Winsor School and at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that helps classrooms and communities worldwide link the past to moral choices today. Her focus is on classroom presentations and teacher outreach, and she brings a wealth of personal experience to her work.
Case, of Blue Hill, came to GSA in 2008 and currently teaches a smorgasbord of history classes: AP U.S. History, U.S. History, Holocaust, WWII to Vietnam, Street Law, and Public Policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Syracuse University and a master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse. He has also taught at Greene High School in upstate New York, and at Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y.
For more information, call 374-2800 or visit georgestevensacademy.org/speakerseries.