2010, No. 3

Education Department: 713-942-8000, ext.105

March 2010

DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR THE TEXAS YOM HASHOAH STATEWIDE ART, WRITING & VIDEO CONTEST!

The Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education sponsors an annual statewide art, writing and video contest to mark Holocaust Commemoration Day, or Yom Hashoah in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims and the millions of other innocents who suffered unjustly.

The 2010 theme is "Upstanders of the Holocaust." While 6 million Jews and millions of others were systematically and brutally murdered during the Holocaust, far too many people stood by and did nothing and far too few people stood up and acted in defiance.

The writing portion (sent to the El Paso Holocaust Museum) and video (sent to Holocaust Museum Houston) portion of this contest both require a postmark deadline by Thursday, March 11. The art portion of the contest must be received by the Dallas Holocaust Museum by March 25. 

Information about the contest can be found on the Museum’s Web site at http://www.hmh.org/ed_contests.shtml. 

PLAN TO ATTEND THE CITYWIDE YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for Houston’s annual Yom HaShoah commemorative service in memory of all who died in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to those who survived.

This year's service begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut. The service is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required.

APPLY NOW FOR THE MAX M. KAPLAN SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATORS

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 teachertraining@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123. 

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.

DESIGN LESSON PLANS FOR GENOCIDE PREVENTION MONTH

Several genocides began in the month of April, which is why April is important month to TRONG>

Tracy Kidder, a master of the non-fiction narrative, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Soul of a New Machine.” Kidder combines award-winning reportorial skill with what one New York Times Book Review critic describes as “the author’s genuine love, delight and celebration of the human condition.” Kidder’s newest book, “Strength in What Remains,” has been described as a book which will “resurrect your faith in the human spirit.” It follows the story of Deogratias, a refugee from the civil war and genocide of 1990s Burundi, who makes his way to New York City. “Deo’s story,” says Alex Kotlowitz, “is remarkable, stunning really. His journey is the story of our times, one that keeps the rest of us from forgetting.”

Kidder will discuss the book in a public lecture Monday, March 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Hubbard Stage, Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. The lecture is part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series sponsored by Inprint and presented in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston. General admission is $5, and free for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit www.inprinthouston.org.

WEB RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

When Adam Jones presented a workshop to teachers at Holocaust Museum Houston this past February, he introduced participants to the companion site to his significant textbook.  At the site, www.genocidetext.netteachers can pull up excerpts to some of the chapters, learn about songs with genocide themes and view an excellent filmography listing. 

 

NEW EXHIBIT OPENS APRIL 16, 2010

Never Let It Rest! An Art Project by Hans Molzberger opens April 16, 2010 at Holocaust Museum Houston and will be on display through Oct. 3, 2010.

"Never Let It Rest!" is a documentary art project by contemporary German artist Hans Molzberger relating to the small town of Salzwedel in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany during the time of Nazi control. This exhibition is based on an exhibit that was shown at the Jenny Marx Museum in Salzwedel from 1998 to 2001.

A concentration camp for women was erected in Salzwedel in 1944 as a satellite to Neuengamme. Up to 1,200 women, most of them Jews from Hungary, were imprisoned there. Included in the exhibit is historical documentation of events of the time and an art installation created to address specific issues of persecution, war propaganda and the concentration camps. The exhibit also includes oral testimonies from some of the women who were in the camp and now live in the United States and Israel.

Today, Molzberger lives near the town and continues to be fascinated with its history. The town has commissioned him to create the town’s memorial to the Holocaust. 


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