DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE BEGIN APRIL
April 11 marks the observance of Yom HaShoah,
a day to remember the Jewish people who perished during the Holocaust.
The week that follows is a week that may be used to commemorate
this history and remind all to never forget this history and to work to
prevent it from happening again.
These links could assist educators in creating lessons or
programs around this week:
APPLY NOW FOR THE MAX M. KAPLAN SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR
The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute
for Educators at Holocaust Museum Houston is a four-day program that moves
beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various
dimensions and implications of the Holocaust and other genocides. The
institute, scheduled for July 6 – 9, 2010, provides substantive
content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars
of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world.
Working in the Museum’s exhibit
space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding of the
Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons
of the Holocaust.
The program is directed toward
educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and
educators of all levels who have a specific interest in, and background
knowledge of, the Holocaust are invited to apply. Seating is limited and
is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $150, which
includes lunch and materials for the four days.
The application to the program is
available at the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml. For more information about the program, e-mail
email@example.com or call 713-942-8000,
This educator training project has
been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material
Claims Against Germany, Inc.; and is generously underwritten by
the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Fund and the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust
Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to Continental
Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
PLANNING BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENTS FOR FALL
Members of the education
department at Holocaust Museum Houston can present content and pedagogic
information related to the Holocaust and other genocides.
Past presentations have
included an "Overview of the Holocaust," "Education under the Nazi
System," "Overview of Genocide," "The Impact of Racist Ideologies:
Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws," "Beyond Anne Frank: Other
Holocaust-Era Diaries" and "How to Use the HMH Curriculum Trunks." The
Museum’s staff could also present information related to the revised
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability, cost (usually just mileage) and discuss
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOM HASHOAH CONTEST
Students from middle and
high schools across Texas have been named as winners of the 2010 Yom
HaShoah statewide Art, Writing and Video Contest for their efforts to
document the stories of individuals who actively and bravely opposed the
Holocaust as it happened.
The contest is held
annually to help middle- and high-school students across Texas learn more
about the Holocaust during World War II. The contest is timed to coincide
with the international commemoration of Yom HaShoah, a day of
remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Yom
HaShoah corresponds annually to the historical beginning of the
Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943.
As part of this year’s
contests, students were invited to submit art projects, videos and essays
reflecting the theme “Upstanders in the Holocaust.”
“Upstander” is a
recently coined term used to identify those who stood up for righteousness
and fairness in the face of prejudice and hatred, rather than standing by.
During World War II and the Holocaust, upstanders came in many different
forms: as members of the Partisan military forces battling Nazi Germany in
occupied lands behind the front lines to families throughout Europe who
hid their Jewish neighbors from deportation and death.
In the video
competition, first place went to Armand Fernandez-Pierre of Episcopal
School of Dallas (Dallas, TX); second place went to Tom Blaney of Rogers
Middle School (Prosper, TX); and third place went to John Marshall
Lefferts, also of Episcopal School of Dallas.
In the writing
competition for middle school students, first place went to Jacqueline
Simmons of St. Francis Episcopal Day School (Houston, TX); second place
went to Rollins Olmsted of Episcopal School of Dallas; and third place
went Megan Rooney, also of Episcopal School of Dallas.
In the high school
writing competition, first place went to Patrick Schaab of Quest Home
School Co-Op (Howe, TX); second place went to Joseph McGowan, also of
Quest Home School Co-Op; and third place went to Kate Gaddis of Nolan
Catholic High School (Fort Worth, TX)
In the art competition
for middle school students, first place was awarded to Samantha Cheung of
Episcopal School of Dallas; second place went to Ulysses Trejo of
Kennedale Junior High School (Kennedale, TX); and Alyssa Yates of Lorene
Rogers Middle School (Prosper, TX) and Sydney Scott, also of Lorene Rogers
Middle School, tied for third place.
In the high school art
category, first place went to Dalton Barnard of Gatesville High School
(Gatesville, TX); second place went to Rebecca Gomez of Gatesville High
School (Gatesville, TX); and third place went to Seth Raspaldo, also of
Gatesville High School.
Entries were judged in
Dallas, Houston and El Paso by a committee of educators, professionals and
museum members on adherence to the theme, historical representation,
creativity and presentation.
First-place winners in
each category received $100, second-prize winners received $75, and
third-prize winners were awarded $50.
The competition was
sponsored by the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education, which includes
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, El Paso
Holocaust Museum & Study Center, The Holocaust Memorial of San
Antonio, Holocaust Museum Houston, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and
Tarrant County and the North Texas/Oklahoma and Southwest Regional Offices
of the Anti-Defamation League.
The competition was
generously underwritten by The David Barg Endowment Fund, The Houston
Council of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Second Generation and the City
of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
OF THE MONTH
Enough (www.enoughproject.com) is a
project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes
against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan,
eastern Congo and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and
targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy:
promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection and punishing
perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens,
advocates and policy makers to prevent, mitigate and resolve these