“I sometimes wonder if the ability to forgive is a gift that some people have and others don’t. I am not sure if forgiveness can be taught. I do believe that it takes a willingness to move on, along with a real desire to be free of the hate, hurt and resentment that goes along with clinging to an injury. We are free to make decisions about whom to forgive and for what reason. Oftentimes this isn’t easy, but it is always a choice.” – Charles Theis
"From the first day we were challenged to look within ourselves and see that, as human beings, we were capable of great things, both good and evil. The Nazis themselves were humanized. While their actions were certainly not justified, our challenge was to realize that they were not monsters, but simply humans like the rest of us." – Jessica Timothy
"I joined the Water for Sudan fund raiser as a very practical way of creating peace in a disturbed area of the world. We aren’t going in to a foreign country and telling people what to do and how to run their lives. We are simply giving people what they need on a basic level to ease their tensions and live a healthy life. It’s the first step in a long and gratifying process in which I am proud to participate." – Richard Skanron
"My time spent on the Project and learning in class, are among my favorite parts of my entire MCC experience. I highly recommend for anyone who feels like they want to do something about the killing that still goes on today, to join the Project and get involved." – Jake Cook
"Genocide doesn’t happen because people are inherently evil. An individual’s situation can give them the ability to do evil things. I also hope that with the information and the technology we have today, our society would be able to see the warning signs that a catastrophic event is imminent and possibly, in some way, intervene." –Jeff Mitchell
“Having [Election Day and Kristallnacht] fall within two days of each other is a poignant reminder of how important your vote is in the effort to protect human rights in the United States and abroad. … As informed citizens and witnesses to recent genocides in Rwanda and Sudan, we need to reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust as we prepare to vote.” – Jodi Oriel and Charles Theis, an excerpt from “Voting is the way to protect human rights,” that appeared in the Nov. 7, 2006 Democrat and Chronicle.
“I cannot fathom what the Holocaust could have possibly been like for those whose lives it abused. However, with teachers like Dr. Barbara Lovenheim, Angelique Stevens and Charlie Clarke, and all who support and run the HGSP… I have felt the presence of the Holocaust and its intense disregard for humanity in my drawings and paintings, and have used it to represent what I cannot articulate in words. Art is my way of passing on the education I am receiving so that this will not happen again. My heart goes out to all who survived Hitler; and I give my art and my education to those who face holocaust now.” – Geoffrey Chard
“After being a part of HGSP this semester, I wish I was coming back next year (I’m graduating this May). I learned much about myself through this experience. It has encouraged me to further step out of my comfort zone and attempt to make a real, noticeable difference in our world.” – Rebecca Romero