- Check out the Empathy Library: “The Empathy Library is the world’s first online empathy collection and a treasure house for catapulting your imagination into other people’s lives. What might it be like to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to be born without sight, or to be a soldier fighting someone else’s war? The library takes you on these journeys into unknown worlds.”
- Visit the Empathy Museum: What is the museum? Why do we need it? Who is behind it?
- Read the book: Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It
When British and American troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps in the spring of 1945, film teams documented the experience.
Hitchcock was also involved in this work, but the project was “abandoned and shelved for 70 years because it was deemed too politically sensitive.”
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27th. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of World War II. In 2015, we will experience events worldwide to commemorate the end of World War II. Online memorialization and remembrance is emerging. Here are ways to participate online:
- Yad Vashem offers an app and Facebook event on January 27th.
- Download the 70 Voices app designed by the Holocaust Education Trust in the UK.
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum highlights the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 1945 with an online exhibition.
- Virtual Shtetl
- The BBC Media Centre offers various programs.
- Explore PBS production: Memory of the Camps
Have you discovered other ways to commemorate and remember?
Please share with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new memorial to remember and teach about the 300,000 victims of the Nazi “euthanasia” program opened in September in Berlin. Located next to the Philharmonic and a short walk to Potsdamer Platz, the memorial is at Tiergartenstraße 4, which was the address for a villa at the edge of the park used as the administrative center for Aktion T4 — the Nazi’s so-called “euthanasia” program.
The T4 program murdered 300,000 “unfit” German citizens with mental and physical disabilities, and included forced sterilization. The Nazis used various killing methods, which ultimately led the planners of the Final Solution to use gas chambers in the concentration camps.
Teach, Breathe, Learn is a book on how to teach young people mindfulness.
“In this gem of a book, Meena Srinivasan brings beautiful clarity to the value of mindfulness training in the classroom. She addresses what it is, why it matters, and how to begin – all through her warm voice and personal experience.
The effective strategies she shares for focusing attention, recognizing and shifting mood states, regulating emotions, and communicating with emotional intelligence are aligned with the research as well as with the wisdom of her impressive lineage of teachers. In reading this book, you will understand that cultivating the mind goes hand in hand with cultivating the heart. What a smart, compelling read! I want to run out and buy Teach, Breathe, Learn for every teacher I know. Meena completely inspires me.” — Kathryn Lee, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Watch the book trailer: http://vimeo.com/102594927
Here’s the website: http://teachbreathelearn.com
Roman Vishniac’s photographs presented in a new online archive are described in this Smithsonian article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-jewish-life-before-holocaust-newly-released-digital-archive-180952582/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist
Go straight to the archive: http://vishniac.icp.org
Wake Up • Building Peace in the Middle East, One Step at a Time: http://www.wkup.org/building-peace-in-the-middle-east-one-step-at-a-time/
Thirty young Palestinians and Israelis, women and men, would like to come to Plum Village for ten days this autumn and the community is doing its best to welcome them and support them in their aspiration to live lives of peace and transformation. Many of them are already familiar with the Plum Village tradition, having attended retreats with monks and nuns in Israel and Palestine. For other participants it would be their first direct experience, and they have a sincere wish to be exposed to the practice, learn and deepen it, and to benefit from the nourishing environment of Plum Village. In these troubled times, this may be also an opportunity for them to touch much needed peace of mind.
These young Palestinians and Israelis will receive training relevant to their daily lives, such as applied mindfulness practices, taking care of difficult emotions, transforming negative mental and emotional habits, communication and listening, and creating communities for mutual support. In addition to the regular Plum Village program they will enjoy be-ins, hikes and sharing groups together with the monks and nuns, as well as a dedicated Dharma talk/Q&A.
What we need to make it happen
Plum Village is supporting the effort, with the approval of Thay and Sr Chan Khong, in requesting visas from the French consulate in Israel and in hosting the participants.
Our young friends will be making a modest contribution according to their means and economic situation.
Financial support is necessary, however, in order for them to travel to Plum Village.
If you know someone for whom this initiative resonates with their aspiration, we would be grateful for your support in sharing this request with them.
Contributions can be made directly to Plum Village by bank transfer, with the note “WakeUp-MiddleEast-2014″.
Bank account at Credit Agricole D’Aquitaine
Communaute Boddhique Zen
Please also send an email to email@example.com so we can keep track of funds received.
This is only one more mindful action, building upon the practice and efforts of Plum Village, the Israeli Sangha, Palestinian practitioners and many supporters across the world and throughout the years.
With deep gratitude,
May all beings be safe, joyful and free.