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Published: Friday, 4/11/2014

Lourdes instructor to research Toledo area Holocaust survivors

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Lourdes University's  David Harms is among a group of educators selected to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Short-Term Group Project Abroad enttitled "Walking Witness: Civic Responsibility in the Shadow of the Holocaust."

The project will follow the wartime life experiences of six Toledo-area Holocaust survivors, whose testimonies were included in the WGTE-TV Toledo Stories film, Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors.

Mr. Harms was among seven of 20 applicants chosen to be part of the project.

“David had many good qualities we were looking for including travel experience and technology skills (especially audio production) as well as digital skills that will be a great contribution to the creation of the digital curricular materials after the trip,” said Heather Elliott-Famularo, chair of digital arts at Bowling Green State University and filmmaker of Bearing Witness.

Mr. Harms joined the faculty at Lourdes University in 2008. In addition to teaching business courses in college, he also is a social studies teacher at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg Township. "Walking Witness" is his second Fulbright-Hays project. He previously was part of the "Multiculturism and Arab Identities – Citizenship, Identity, and the Politics of Belonging: The Case of Jordan" in 2010.

"Walking Witness" participants will prepare for the trip to East Central Europe in the Bearing Witness Summer Institute at BGSU.

Following the institute, the group will spend June 24 through July 23 in Greece, Hungary, and Poland, touring various sites associated with World War II and the Holocaust.

Afterward, the team will continue work on the project, including contributing to the creation of curriculum on the Holocaust and civic responsibilities in an age of cultural misconceptions, prejudice, and genocide.

For information on the "Walking Witness" project, visit

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