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Morning Journal/Dean Johnson Crestview teachers Grady Long (left) and Barry Kimpel (right) recently attended the Crestview Prom and are heading out together this summer as part of the Classrooms Without Borders Holocaust Project.

NEW WATERFORD. Traveling with a Holocaust survivor, two Crestview teachers hope to learn and share with their students first-hand accounts of what an atrocity of hate can lead to.

Barry Kimpel, an English teacher, and Grady Long, a history teacher, will embark on a journey through the Classrooms Without Borders program funded by the Youngstown Jewish Federation.

This summer, the program will travel to Warsaw and Krakow, visit four different concentration camps, and travel back with a Holocaust survivor to see his hometown and other places that influenced his life during World War II.

The men said they meet monthly via Zoom with other educators who will be on the trip. They are the only two teachers leaving DC. The group is primarily from Pittsburgh and Mahoning County and will include students, professors and faculty.

Upon their return, Long and Kimpel said they planned to develop a special curriculum that would include lessons for both AP language and history students.

“Crestview gives us the opportunity” Kimpel said. “They have a lot of confidence in us learning about different platforms and developing curricula.”

Teachers hope to teach students about how genocide happens and how it affected people throughout history, not just during the Holocaust. Men note that a student needs to be able to identify warning signs of hatred that can lead to it, including the recent events in Ukraine.

In addition, Long points out that the Holocaust is “a uniquely human moment, regardless of Jewish background”.

“Genocide happened many times” Long said. “There are patterns there… Authoritarianism and fascism are not on the wane.”

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