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Springville teacher selected to present in Poland for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted: 5:27 PM, Jan 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-21 17:38:39-05

Inside Andrew Beiter's Springville Middle School classroom, some of the eighth graders are learning about the Holocaust for the very first time. It's a responsibility Beiter said he takes seriously in memory of a holocaust survivor named Joe Diamond.

"I'm just a torchbearer that got this important story from Joe to pass along to my students," Beiter said.

Diamond's brother and mother were both killed. He and his father survived.

Beiter helped create Educators Institute for Human Rights. It organizes teacher trainings for educators around the world. "Whoever trains the most teachers on this topic, wins and I want the win to be on civilization," Beiter explained.

His knowledge and his desire to train others are why he's presenting at the 75th Liberation of Auschwitz in Poland on Holocaust Remembrance Day next week. He was selected by Education International, a worldwide union of teachers. "While I felt privileged to be chosen, it's not about me. It's about our grandchildren and how we get this into other teacher's hands," he concluded.