Whitehall Students Immersed in Holocaust Study While Living Through One


The Whitehall Community Library has partnered with Whitehall School District students to research and present a deep dive into a Holocaust Project, made possible by $5000 grant given to them by Project Democracy. Project Democracy is a division of Humanities Montana; a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities designed to
“better infuse the humanities into public life.”

The democracy project itself is designed to “give teens the resources to effect change and know their role in an evolving democracy through direct participation” with its promo video prominently feature segments on Pride advocacy and Black Lives Matter.

For the holocaust project, however, it is a difficult and intense topic as students will have to utilize critical thinking skills to decipher truth from fiction when studying the subject.

Organizer Hope Shockley told KXLF of the event:

“I’ve always kind of been interested in the Holocaust and stuff like that. My mom has read us books like when we were really little about the Holocaust. I have Jewish people in my family, like my great-grandma was half-Jewish.”

While students will go back 80 years and delve deep into a dark time in our world’s history, they needn’t travel so far. Every day in the world, nearly 125,000 surgical abortions are being committed, averaging nearly 50 million a year, or about the same as the totals deaths of both soldier and civilian between 1939 and 1945.

Presently in the United States, about 3000 babies each day are killed from surgical abortions, adding up to nearly 1 million per year, with Montanas contributing close to 2000 corpses to that tally. This is a holocaust in every sense of the word, but it is not being treated like one. Not by Montana citizens, not nearly enough by our governing leaders, and certainly not by the children and organizers committed to its project.

And what a commitment it is. There are several requirements for students to be involved in the Holocaust Project, including:

  1. Sign a Letter of Commitment
  2. Attend all Nine Book Discussion Meetings
  3. Read an Account of the Holocaust Time Period
  4. Project Committee Member
  5. Participate in One Project

It is a lofty venture and only for the earnest student.

Whitehall Community Library Director Jeannie Ferriss said of the project:

“The focus is Holocaust education. How could this happen? How could something so horrific take place in, at that point, what was a very modern country and could it happen again?”

It already has happened again. It’s happening right now. May God helps us all.


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