She has an unflinching ability to research the darker aspects of history — and to bring the lessons learned to light in the classroom. Through discussions about Holocaust-themed texts and guest speakers, Upper School English teacher Rachel Metalin’s goal is to teach students important values like tolerance and courage.
So it’s only fitting Metalin spent her summer meeting some fascinating educators at the International School of Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
“One highlight was meeting Ephraim Zuroff, a professional Nazi hunter who has dedicated his entire career to bringing those culpable for committing and enabling crimes against humanity to justice,” says Metalin.
Another incredible moment was visiting the grave of Oskar Schindler with two survivors he saved. It reminded me of the best parts of humanity — of kindness, sacrifice and courage in the face of evil.”
Metalin has also spent past summers on Holocaust education trips to Poland and Germany. Both those trips included intense, moving visits to concentration camps, which further cemented her intention to bear witness to the past, and through education, remind students today about humanity’s ultimate manifestations of intolerance.
Metalin received a full scholarship for the trip, and managed to add time for fun which included climbing Masada at sunrise, the ancient fortification overlooking the Dead Sea.