As anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in the mountain area, community members are standing up and speaking out.
For Karen Z. Brass, it’s personal. Her father, David Zauder, was a Holocaust survivor, and decades ago, Brass, a Conifer resident, created Standupster, a Holocaust awareness and anti-bullying program she shares in schools, businesses and more.
“So instead of standing by and watching people do the wrong thing, how do you stand up? What do you say when you do? How do you handle that experience and what does it look like?” Brass said.
The issue of anti-Semitism is not new, particularly in the mountain-area schools, where there have been more than five allegations in the past few years. According to prior reporting from the Courier, schools worked to combat it by coordinating discussions with the local Jewish community, research projects on bigotry and hate speech, assemblies with Holocaust speakers, and field trips to places such as the Mizel Museum in Denver.
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