JOIN HMH FOR "NOSTRA
AETATE: OPENING A DIALOGUE AMONST RELIGIONS"
Holocaust Museum Houston welcomes Archbishop Emeritus
Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Rabbi
Emeritus Samuel Karff of Congregation of Beth Israel in a discussion of
the Vatican II document: Nostra Aetate.
The two will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 in the
Museum's Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater.
In Latin, Nostra Aetate is translated to mean “in our age.”
This document marks a special moment in the history of the Catholic Church
and its relation to other religions, especially Judaism. Nostra
Aetate repudiated a centuries-old teaching of contempt for Judaism
and the Jewish people. This concept is thoroughly discussed in “A Blessing
to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People,” an exhibit on
display at the Museum until Jan. 3, 2010. Oct. 28, 2009 marks the 44th
anniversary of the creation of this document.
Fiorenza and Karff will discuss the historical importance as well as
present and future perspectives of this document. Seating is limited, and
advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx
to RSVP online.
TEACHER TRAINING TO FOCUS ON "LITERATURE AT THE 'HOUSE OF
Houston-area Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan
calls Holocaust Museum Houston the “House of Love” because he says it was
built to teach about loving each other instead of hating each
Visit the Museum for a special
professional development workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 from
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop will focus on school
age-appropriate literature for grades three through 12. The session
will include information on how to incorporate the use of literature
in all classrooms for all development levels, and classroom-use materials
will be provided.
ELA TEKS addressed will have as their primary
- Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text,
- Reading/Comprehension of Informational
Text/Culture and History and
- Reading/Media Literacy.
Social Studies TEKS addressed will
- World History (18): identify examples
of political, economic and social oppression and violations of human
rights throughout history, including slavery, the Holocaust, other
examples of genocide and politically motivated mass murders in Cambodia,
China and the Soviet Union;
- U.S. History (6): analyze major
issues and events of World War II, such as fighting the war on multiple
fronts, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the Holocaust, the battle
of Midway, the invasion of Normandy and the development of and Harry
Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb; and
- Social Studies Skills
This one-day event has a non-refundable
workshop fee of $15 per teacher. Lunch is not provided. Register
online by Feb. 1, 2010 at www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
YOM HASHOAH CONTEST
The Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education
has announced guidelines for its 2010 Yom HaShoah Statewide Art,
Writing and Video Contest for students.
The theme for the 2010 year is “Upstanders in the Holocaust,” which
references those who stood up for righteousness and fairness in the face
of prejudice and hatred. There are categories for middle
and high schools, with three prizes awarded in each
category. For more information on the contest, visit www.hmh.org.
NEW WEB SITE
Holocaust Museum Houston has taken on a new look with
the launch of its new Web site designed to make the site more
user-friendly for members, offer more information for educators and
students and encourage others to visit the Museum.
The redesign of the Web site
follows redesigns of the Museum’s newsletter, visitor guide and membership
campaign materials and is based on the Museum’s new marketing campaign
tagline “Stop Hate. Starting Here.”
The site’s new feature area “Just
for Educators” offers educators items like lesson plans to accompany
Museum exhibits, professional development programs, curriculum guides and
other teacher resources.
The companion “Just for Students”
area offers school children information on how to research the Holocaust
and other genocides and how to participate in the Museum’s “Butterfly
Project” as well as encouragement on being an upstander rather than a
bystander when confronted with evil or injustice.
Members can now avoid having to
enter their personal information repeatedly when registering for events or
making donations. The new site will automatically populate data
fields for members who enter their membership card number and home
telephone number. To take advantage of this feature, members should make
certain the Museum has a home telephone number on file.
Other changes to the site include a
new sitemap for easier access to page information, an expanded search
engine and the ability for members to have the site remind them by e-mail
one day or one week in advance of any program or event. Members must still
register to actually attend the event, however.
Members also can find answers to
frequently asked questions and discover which Texas museums will provide
free or discounted access to HMH members.
Guests thinking of visiting the
Museum also can find answers to common questions, print a map of neaby
attractions for a walking visit, find directions by car or rail and book a
group tour for 10 or more people.
To see more features of the
new site, visit www.hmh.org.
OF THE MONTH
There are many misconceptions about
the Holocaust. The newly opened Illinois Holocaust Museum and
Education Center lists some of the most common misconceptions on its Web
This site lists the actual statement
attributed to Pastor Niemoeller and dispels some of the myths about Adolf
Hitler’s ancestry, the Danish king wearing a Star of David
and Norwegians wearing paper