A group of 40 Catholic school educators traveled to Washington, DC, in late July as part of a program to learn more about the history of antisemitism and the Holocaust.

The Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Summer Institute is a long-running program sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization.

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Over a five-day period, the program seeks to educate participants about the history of antisemitism, the Holocaust, and recent changes in Catholic-Jewish relations.

“Bearing Witness is a unique program in its partnership between the Catholic and Jewish communities and our joint commitment to changing the dynamic between our communities so that the past does not serve as a model for our future engagement,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, said in a statement.

“In working together to understand and teach the difficult history of antisemitism and the impact of this history on Catholic-Jewish relations historically and today, Bearing Witness is a powerful example of how we can work together to shape a better future,” Foxman said.

Since 1996, ADL’s Bearing Witness program has trained more than 1,700 Catholic school educators.

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  1. I hope someone tells them that the Catholic Church is greatly responsible for the teachings of anti-Semitism and due to this foundation of hatred Hitler was able to convince people to destroy the Jews. In addition Martin Luther preached the destruction of the Jewish people and Hitler used his writings as proof that G-d wanted the Jews annihilated.
    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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