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Our Global Classroom is a program that offers a unique interactive opportunity for high school students to connect with other students in different cultures

  • This program is offered to schools at no charge.
  • Students learn to see the world, and the people who live in it, with greater empathy and understanding.
  • It creates an opportunity for students to share in conversations and discussions with teens from around the globe.
  • Students share a common humanity and work together to address issues that confront all of us.
  • The program uses video conferencing technology to connect schools.
  • Participating students are actively engaged throughout the program.
  • Since 2021, Global Classroom has been part of the enGAGE Program, which stands for Genocide Awareness Global Education. This annual program is presented in partnership with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

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2023 Global Classroom Performance

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This year on October 20, 2023 students in Pennsylvania and across the globe will watch a streamed performance of Perseverance based on the book Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor's Journey from Poland to America by Melvin Goldman and Lee Goldman Kikel and adapted for the stage by L.E. McCullough.

The world premiere of Perseverance brings to the stage a powerful memoir of healing and renewal. Few visitors to the G&S Jewelry Store in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood during the 1960s and ’70s were aware that the cheerful proprietor, Melvin Goldman, had spent his teens enduring the horrors of Auschwitz before arriving as a penniless refugee in postwar Pittsburgh intent on reshaping his family’s destiny and replacing Darkness with Light, one shop patron at a time.

Students will discuss the play, the literature, and topics related to the Holocaust as they connect across the globe and explore how they can make a significant positive impact in their schools and communities.

Purchase the Book: Instructors can reach out to the author by submitting the form found on her website if they are interested in ordering books for their students, Ms. Kikel is willing to discuss wholesale pricing for the Global Classroom participants.

Book Description: Melvin Goldman seemed to be a typical successful American, living with his family in Squirrel Hill, a multicultural Pittsburgh neighborhood with a large Jewish population. There, he turned his craftsmanship as a jewelry designer into a profitable business, and maintained a rosy outlook on life and a generous view of his fellow man. It may seem like a common story, but it is far from it. In the decade before his arrival in the United States in 1950, Mieczyslaw Goldman saw his home destroyed, his family torn apart, his health ruined, and nearly everyone he had ever known murdered in the death camps of the Third Reich. His survival of the years in the ghetto and Auschwitz, his long and slow recovery, and his attainment of a somewhat normal life are miraculous. Perhaps even more miraculous is his refusal to let his experience destroy his faith in God or his love for humanity. Told in his own words from audio recording he made decades later, and supplemented with his daughter’s memories of their happy life in Pittsburgh, this is a story which no reader will ever forget.

Perseverance Resource Guide

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In the past, we have joined students from the following countries:
Dominican Republic, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United States

This year the Global Classroom is scheduled during the week of October 16, 2023

To register click here Global Classroom and Perseverance

For more information, please email our staff at

Education Program Funding

Our Education Programs are funded in part by:

The Grable Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, The Laurel Foundation, PNC Charitable Trust, Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of The Buhl Foundation