LIBRARY CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Holocaust Museum Houston’s library catalog is now available online to teachers and the general public. The searchable library collection consists of more than 8,500 books and films on the subjects of the Holocaust, genocides and World War II.
 
The online catalog enables users to search for particular items or to explore the library by topic on a personal computer or handheld device. The library has recently updated many of its educational listings, including DVD-formatted films to replace older VHS formats.
 
To use the catalog visit http://www.hmh.org and click the Resources menu tab or visit http://holocaustmuseum.mysurpass.net to access the page directly. The online catalog was made possible with special thanks to Laurie and Dr. Milton Boniuk.


 

BUTTERFLY PROJECT REACHES GOAL

Holocaust Museum Houston's Butterfly Project has reached its goal of collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies to represent the 1.5 million innocent children who perished in the Holocaust. Thank you to all of you who have participated in this project over the years!
 
While the project has reached its goal, educators may continue to use this lesson in classrooms and or create their own exhibitions at local schools or community sites. The Museum will continue to accept butterflies through June 30, 2013. The exhibition date will be announced once an appropriate venue for displaying the butterflies has been confirmed.


 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

“Studying the Holocaust and History through Photography: Concepts and Controversies”
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Morgan Family Center

Holocaust Museum Houston will offer this one-day educator’s workshop during which participants will explore the various forms of Holocaust-era photography and consider the perspective and use of the images during and since the Holocaust. Participants will expand photograph analysis and media literacy skills to incorporate in their classrooms as activities that enrich teaching of the Holocaust and the new understandings being developed by historians today. After taking part in analysis-based programming, participants will spend part of the afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as they tour the exhibit “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” with the lead curator of that show, Anne Wilkes Tucker. After viewing this show, participants will return to Holocaust Museum Houston for a preview of the upcoming exhibition, “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes,” a photography-based exhibition exploring images created during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. This exhibition will be on view at HMH beginning in April 2013. The cost for the one-day session – including materials and admission to the MFAH – is $25. Lunch is not included. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required by Jan. 25, 2013. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. Please Note: Online registration is non-refundable. For more information, e-mail education@hmh.org.
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“The Stefi Altman Seminar for Educators:  Holocaust Studies 101”
Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multipurpose Learning Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will offer this one-day educator’s workshop during which participants will explore the various forms of Holocaust-era photography and consider the perspective and use of the images during and since the Holocaust. Participants will expand photograph analysis and media literacy skills to incorporate in their classrooms as activities that enrich teaching of the Holocaust and the new understandings being developed by historians today. After taking part in analysis-based programming, participants will spend part of the afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as they tour the exhibit “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” with the lead curator of that show, Anne Wilkes Tucker. After viewing this show, participants will return to Holocaust Museum Houston for a preview of the upcoming exhibition, “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes,” a photography-based exhibition exploring images created during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. This exhibition will be on view at HMH beginning in April 2013. The cost for the one-day session – including materials and admission to the MFAH – is $25. Lunch is not included. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required by Jan. 25, 2013. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. Please Note: Online registration is non-refundable. For more information, e-mail education@hmh.org.
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Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators
July 9 through July 12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
 
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. 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. Each year’s schedule includes one or two evening lectures. 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. Applications are available for financial support to attend the Institute. Please see the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund application at http://www.hmh.org for information and instructions on how to apply. For more information, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.



QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Instead of a formal survey this month, the Education Department would like to hear from you by e-mail. Please contact education@hmh.org with questions, comments or needs you have regarding Holocaust and other genocide education.
 
  


RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

All Behaviors Count

Holocaust Museum Houston has launched a new online curriculum intended to help teachers educate their students better about the five forms of social cruelty prevalent in society today – taunting, exclusion, bullying, rumoring and ganging up – by using narratives from Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust to help illustrate the dangers of those activities.

The new program, “All Behaviors Count,” was developed based on the conceptual work of psychologist Carl Pickhardt, who framed the idea of social cruelty as “antisocial behavior that serves a social purpose.”
 
This program is modular – educators can focus on specific behaviors – and incorporates Holocaust survivor testimony and media literacy skills. The program also examines appropriate responses to each of these behaviors and is designed to promote social resiliency.


 

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.

Photograph of Irving Reifer, 1945 

I am a photograph of Polish survivor Irving Reifer, taken in April or May 1945 in Germany in his prison uniform and hat. I serve to remind that “we must never forget” the Holocaust.

Reifer miraculously survived nine  concentration camps and a death march. This photo was taken shortly after his liberation. The Reifer collection focuses on his time in the Displaced Persons camps while awaiting emigration to the United States. Photographs, if cared for properly, can last for generations.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

January is always a month of deep reflection for us at Holocaust Museum Houston. The month began with a group of pre-service educators from Syracuse University here for the Spector-Warren Fellowship. This week-long program brings experts from around the country to Houston to consider the latest historiography and pedagogy related to the Holocaust. Near the end of the month is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Jan. 27.  This date – the anniversary date of the liberation of Auschwitz – is one in which members of the Houston Consular Corps visit the Museum as they consider this history and its implications in their daily work.

January is a month in which we show a strong commitment to the mission of Holocaust Museum Houston. We hope that, as the new semester begins for you, you also find a dedicated commitment to Holocaust and genocide education.

-- 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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