Participant Reactions to Bearing Witness
“Although I have been studying the Holocaust and teaching about the lessons of the Holocaust for many, many years, this was the icing on the cake. I am thrilled to be a part of this, and do so want to be involved on the next level.” NJ Participant
“I’m a Catholic and I’m a Catholic teacher. So it was not just an academic exercise, but a religious endeavor to participate in Bearing Witness. Spiritually, historically, it helped to answer how do we, as Catholics, deal with the Holocaust and its legacy in classrooms and in day-to-day life.” Maryland Participant
“I can’t say enough good things about this program. There is so much energy and passion from everyone involved in the program – presenters, organizers, participants. I have NEVER participated in a better program in my life. I have not yet begun to process everything that has happened yet, but I do know that I have been forever transformed in the best way.”
“The program gave me an understanding and a depth of knowledge that will definitely be used in my classroom.”
“I feel like this is the first day of the rest of my life and I will take a stand on anti-Semitism and other injustices in the world.”
“With this program I now feel confident to say ‘this must be taught.’”
“I leave here a better teacher, a better Catholic and energized to begin the rest of my career.”
“Bearing Witness continues to influence my life in countless ways. In addition to the wealth of new information and insights I received, I have gained a heightened sensitivity to my own words and responsibilities toward others.”
“I thank you and all who were involved in the Bearing Witness program for opening my eyes and for making me strive to be a better person every day.”
"The program changed my life, as a Catholic, as a teacher, and as an individual."
Catholic Leaders on the Importance of Bearing Witness
"The Bearing Witness program excels in helping students understand the true horror of the Holocaust and helps them to overcome anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice."
James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
"To remember this terrible experience is to become fully conscious of the salutary warning it entails: the spoiled seeds of anti-Judaism must never again be allowed to take root in any human heart."
Vatican document on the Holocaust
"We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah" March 16, 1998
"Programs that reduce prejudice are fundamental for Catholic schools since they foster the belief that every person is made in the image and likeness of God."
Dr. Leonard DeFiore
President National Catholic Educational Association