Monday, January 27th 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Confronting the Holocaust: A Teacher’s Experience Visiting Holocaust Sites in Poland
Monday, January 27, 2020 – Registration is Required
This program will offer an explanation of the Holocaust as well as images, videos, and testimony from presenter Dave Dunsavage on what it was like to visit several of the locations where the atrocities of the Holocaust, also called the Shoah, occurred. Aspects to be covered include the origins of antisemitism, pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Europe, the rise of the Nazis to power in Germany, the use of ghettos and concentration camps to separate Jews from the German population, the horrors of the Final Solution, the end of the Holocaust with the liberation of the death camps, and the aftermath on the Jewish people and the world. The date of the presentation is of specific significance as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp by the Allied Powers.
Dave Dunsavage is a Modern World History teacher at Donegal High School for the past eight years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Citizenship Education from Elizabethtown College and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Penn State University in Teaching and Curriculum with a focus on Educational Leadership. In addition to his role as teacher, Mr. Dunsavage also serves the Donegal High School as the Social Studies Department Chair, mentor for the DOODs (Dudes Overcoming Obstacles at Donegal) student mentoring group, Link Crew co-coordinator, and group leader for the Donegal Europe Trip, which takes students to historic sites in western Europe every other year. This past summer, Dave was one of 25 teachers from across the country to be selected to take part in a professional development trip to Poland to visit Holocaust sites in order to help middle and high school teachers better teach the Holocaust. The program, which was sponsored by Yad Vashem (the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem) and its educational branch Echoes & Reflections, had a tremendous impact on Dave and is the catalyst for his presentation. Outside of school, Dave sits on the board of the ACT (About Childhood Trauma) Foundation and is a fervent patron of the Milanof-Schock Library. Dave resides in Mount Joy with his wife Alicia and their two young children Ellie and Claire.