Into the New Millennium
By Gideon Goldstein
At the end of the first year of the Holocaust/Genocide Project (HGP), three people met for a picnic on the summer grass of Central Park in New York City. I had the privilege of being there. Had someone told me then, that at the end of its fifth year, the HGP would still be one of the more innovative, comprehensive, wonderful educational projects available through telecommunications, I would have laughed. In the business of high-tech, five years may be a millennium. Today, however, the HGP has aged gracefully. As time goes by, its flavor is richer; its resources more abundant, its scope more global.
Curriculum based projects are hard to come by on the Internet. The HGP not only enjoys a broad and ever growing curriculum but offers a variety of activities splashed across an interactive conference, a Gopher server, its own Web site, and an annual publication, An End to Intolerance.
Ongoing collaborative projects are also rare on the Internet. Yet, with the zeal of the HGP team members, the theme-based Holocaust/Genocide Project encompasses teachers and students from all corners of the global village. The highlights of the HGP include U.S. student participation -- assisting in the background with interviewing survivors -- as part of the Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation; a new collaboration with Boston-based Facing History and Ourselves is in the making; and, a study mission to Poland and Israel allows student and teacher participants to follow a breathtaking experience.
Where will the HGP be in the next five years? Well, that is really in the next millennium. Yet, with the devotion of its participants and the ever-growing number of newcomers, I will not be surprised if it will still be here, as good as ever in 2002.
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