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, held each summer, provides substantive content and the
opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the
Holocaust and teachers from around the world.
The 2011 program will be held
July 5 through July 8 and will focus on life after the Holocaust – for
survivors and for those who work to commemorate the events of the
Holocaust. Planned speakers include Dr. Michael Berenbaum and Dr. Robert
Jan Van Pelt, who jointly will present the film “Shoah” as well as
separate sessions; Dr. Daniel Cohen, who will speak about issues related
to displaced persons and refugees; and Dr. Mary Johnson, who will speak on
methods of incorporating content into the classroom.
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
Applications are available at
the Museum Web site at www.hmh.org and are due by June
20, 2011. For more information about the program, e-mail email@example.com 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,
the Lea K. Weems Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Chevra Kadisha
Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to United
Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum
APRIL IS "GENOCIDE AWARENESS
During April, Holocaust Museum Houston will
be working to raise awareness about genocide and actions individuals and
groups can take to end genocide in observance of "Genocide Awareness
Several genocides began in April or
have a major anniversary in the month. For this reason, many organizations
and institutions around the world have set aside April to be a month of
genocide awareness and action against genocide.
has many activities and programs for all ages during the month. The theme
for genocide awareness month is learning to be an upstander - a person who
stands up for others and takes actions on their behalf. Thirty activities
- one for each day of the month - are being highlighted as positive steps
individuals and groups can take to stop genocide starting today. For a
complete list of activities, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org.
GERDA WEISSMAN KLEIN RECEIVES 2010
PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
On Feb. 16, 2011, President Obama
awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gerda Weissmann Klein.
Many educators teach about Klein’s experiences during the Holocaust via
her memoir “All But My Life” or through her video testimony, “One Survivor
To see a video about Klein’s award,
LOOK FOR HMH EDUCATION STAFF AT THESE
On behalf of the Texas
Holocaust and Genocide Commission, education staff members will be
conducting one-day trainings at the following Texas Education Service
Centers. The workshops are available at no cost and registration is
available at the service center Web sites.
- May 5, 2011 – Texas ESC 3 workshop
- May 13, 2011 – Texas ESC 1 workshop
- June 20, 2011 – Texas ESC 14 workshop
- June 30, 2011 – Texas ESC 13 workshop
JOIN THE HMH EDUCATOR DISCUSSION
Ever wanted a new resource to implement in the
classroom and wasn’t sure what would be best? Are you working in
your district to vertically align Holocaust curriculum and need feedback?
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts
several online discussion groups for educators. These forums are
divided into groups for elementary educators, middle school
educators, high school educators, and college and university
Teachers can join the
discussion forums by registering at www.hmh.org/ed_discussion_group.shtml. Each teacher must register by
clicking the Register tab in the upper right corner of the page
before being accepted into the forum. Participation in the
forums will permit educators from across the country to share ideas, ask
questions and discover new resources.
BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 YOM HASHOAH CONTEST
In observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust commemoration
day, the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education sponsors an annual
statewide art, writing and video contest for middle and high school
students in Texas.
The 2011 theme is “Holocaust
Literature - Witness of the Past and Challenge for Today.” Visit the
student section of the Museum’s Web site to download the contest flyer.
Entries must be received by the
April 7, 2011 deadline.
OF THE MONTH
In 2004, Yad Vashem launched the Central
Database of Shoah Victims’ Names on its Web site, with 3 million
names. At the same time, a new 11th-hour project to recover unknown names
was initiated. Names are recovered via “Pages of Testimony,” special forms
filled out in memory of the victims by people who remember them and by
combing archival lists and documentation for names. Of the 4 million names
currently known, some 2.2 million (about 55 percent) came from “Pages of
Testimony” and the remainder from various archival sources and post-war
Presented with special