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UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Saturday Program Teaches How to Incorporate Artwork of Holocaust Survivor
Samuel BakSaturday, March 3, 2012 l 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

Many educators request weekend professional development opportunities as time away during the week is becoming so difficult.  We’ve planned a half-day program that fits that need! Join the Education Department for a half-day teacher workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2012, that focuses on “Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak,” a new exhibit on view at Holocaust Museum Houston starting Feb. 17, 2012.


Come Learn About New and Innovative Ways to Respond to Bullying at Your School

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 l 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

Join the Education Department as in this one-day teacher workshop on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Best-selling author Barbara Coloroso will present in the morning and the Education Department will present the new curriculum, “All Behaviors Count: Humanity in Action,” in the afternoon.
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Join Us for "Rescue and Responsibility: Themes of Holocaust Education"
July 10-13, 2012
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9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators will be held July 10-13, 2012, at Holocaust Museum Houston. The 2012 institute will focus on the concepts of rescue and responsibility. Applications for the program are available online.
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QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Help the Education Department understand the needs of teachers across the United States by participating in this poll question, which asks, “Which resources do you use in teaching about the Holocaust?"
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RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

On the eve of the Holocaust, the Jewish community of Vilna was the spiritual center of Eastern European Jewry, the center of enlightenment, political life and creativity. Known as "The Jerusalem of Lithuania," some 60,000 Jews lived in Vilna, where they constituted 30 percent of the total population. This community, which had flourished for hundreds of years, was decimated during World War II. This exhibition utilizes texts, video testimonies, photos and more to present Vilna's illustrious history.

Using this online exhibition would be an excellent introduction to the work of Samuel Bak on view at Holocaust Museum Houston until Aug. 12, 2012.



FROM THE COLLECTION

Holocaust Museum Houston's “Adopt an Artifact” program allows visitors and school groups to help protect our collections for future generations in an inexpensive way. At only $10 per card, it's easy for a class planning a tour to help out.

Letter signed by Albert Einstein; Houston, Texas, June, 1939 (85 words)

I am an irreplaceable letter representing a true upstander, Houston businessman Eugene Kramer. As many sought refuge from Nazi persecution, there were some people and organizations that offered help. What makes me especially unique? I am typed on Albert Einstein’s personal letterhead and signed by his own hand. Einstein, himself a German Jewish refugee, extends personal congratulations and praises the “power of resistance”. To be an upstander during the Holocaust was a courageous act, and I am proud to be included Holocaust Museum Houston’s collections.

 

 
 

MESSAGE FROM THE
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

We know that the spring is when many educators teach about the Holocaust. Here at Holocaust Museum Houston, it is a time when we reflect on the history of the Holocaust as many anniversaries occur and we prepare for Yom HaShoah. As you reflect as well in preparation for your lessons and units of study, we invite you to check out the educational resources -- lesson plans, FAQs and Web links -- on the Museum's Web site (www.hmh.org).  Let us know what works for you and what you'd like to see in the future. We look forward to learning from you during our own time of reflection.

 
-- The Education Department

    
 

Visit our Web site for lesson plans, resources for teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides and information about current exhibitions.  Educators can also order a curriculum trunk, request a docent-led tour or register for public programs offered at the Museum. 
 
 
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