Kiwi Catholic teachers learn about the Holocaust

Three directors of religious studies from New Zealand Catholic schools took an opportunity in January to study the Jewish Holocaust.

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand awarded scholarships to Adele Churchman of Roncalli College in Timaru, Colin Macleod of Kavanagh College in Dunedin and Dan Stollenwerk from St Peter’s College in Auckland.

The three visited the Holy Land and received lectures on the life, music, literature and art in Europe’s Jewish ghettos.

The teachers also learned about the history of anti-semitism, up to the creation of the state of Israel.

Among questions discussed were “Did anti-semitism in the medieval Catholic Church contribute to the Holocaust?” and “Where was God in the Holocaust?”

They also considered the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

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