Holocaust Education and Remembrance
Hope Chest Curriculm
"I was a victim of horrible bullying as all Jews and those who attempted to help us were. There were days that I wanted to give up. What was the point? However, when I would think this way I would remember that I am proud of who I am! I was not disrespectful or used my fists to fight back. I simply took their power away by not reacting and letting them know I am proud to be who I am. A Jew, a young kind man, and an UPSTANDER. You to can take the power from any bully by believing in yourself and being excited about the life you were given. I hope the resources and advice below are helpful in your effort to accept help from others and embrace self-love."
WHO NEEDS ANTI-BULLYING RESOURCES?
Anyone who is being hurt or bullied
Anyone who feels alone
Anyone who is afraid to speak-up
Anyone who wants to help those being bullied
Anyone who wants to build self-love and self-respect
By definition, an Upstander "is a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied. Oskar owes his life to Upstanders who stood up for him during the Holocaust. Oskar's mission in life is to inspire all to take action and become Upstanders to save those in need as he was saved.
Bystanders do nothing. They do not help others in need. Sadly, the more onlookers there are, the less personal responsibility individuals will feel to take action. Oskar felt this every day during the Holocaust as onlookers would watch him be horribly bullied and do nothing.
My life was spared multiple times during the war by Upstanders who secretively gave me food for my family, had me flee areas where later prisoners would be taken to death camps as well as help me.
ANTI-BULLYING AND UPSTANDER RESOURCES
Negative effects and outcomes of bullying are wide spread and substance abuse is high among them. This site has a teen addiction resource panel and advice for prevention and recovery.
You may not always control how others act or react but what is within your control is how you treat yourself. Here are some reminders of how to make self-respect a priority in your life.