Human rights student conference features Holocaust survivor Max Eisen.

About 200 Grade 6-8 student leaders from across the Durham District School Board (DDSB) will participate in the Human Rights Student Conference, Jan. 25 at the DDSB Education Centre, 400 Taunton Road East in Whitby.

During the speakers corner, students will hear the story of Holocaust survivor Max Eisen, who lived through a 13-day death march from Auschwitz to Mauthausen. Then, from Melk, he participated in a three-day march in the mountains to Ebensee. Eisen was liberated on May 6, 1945 and had his memoirs published in a book, By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz, in 2016. The book was one of five finalists for Canada’s prestigious Charles Taylor literary prize.

Throughout the day, students will discuss the impact of the conference using Speaker’s Corner. A total of eight workshops will be available for the student participants, including Indigenous language, global inequality, relating to the LGBTQ+ community through real-life experiences and the water crisis.

In addition, DDSB students will explore the Tour for Humanity Bus, provided by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, and will finish the day with a trivia challenge for a fun way to share and show what they have learned.

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