Baldwin to host Holocaust panel


Asmita Pokharel

Daniel Shaner is the sponsor of Baldwin LIGHT Education Initiative.

Alisha Katel, Multimedia Editor

Baldwin High School is teaming up with WQED-TV to host a panel discussion on Monday that will feature regional Holocaust scholars and preview the upcoming Ken Burns’ documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust.

Panelists will include scholars from area universities and directors from the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and Heinz History Center. The documentary by Burns, a prominent American filmmaker who has created many documentaries concerning historical figures and events, will premiere on Sept. 18.

The event also will feature a 12-minute video produced by WQED and the Heinz History Center about a Jewish family’s escape from the Holocaust and their correspondence with their Pittsburgh friends and family. The Highlander Honors Choir will perform songs during the event as well. 

The human rights student group Baldwin LIGHT Education Initiative is hosting this event. The group has led similar events at Baldwin, such as the vigil to honor victims of identity-based violence.

Daniel Shaner, an elementary gifted education teacher, sponsors the group and helped plan the event. 

“WQED-TV and I were discussing another project that the BW LIGHT Initiative had completed, and they asked me if we would be willing to host the event. I thought it was a great idea and Mr. Tomaszewski was very supportive,” Shaner said. 

The event will take place on Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.