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BRING HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON INTO YOUR SCHOOL

Staff members and trained docents of Holocaust Museum Houston will be available to conduct one-hour presentations for the 2013-2014 school year. These programs will serve as strong back-to-school professional development opportunities for districts. Fees for these programs will vary by group size. Small group presentations (up to 50 people) are $125 for the first presentation and $50 for the second same-day presentation; large group presentations (50+ people) are $250 for the first presentation and $100 for the second same-day presentation. These rates do not include round-trip mileage assessments at 42 cents per mile). The Museum offers four 45 minute-to-one-hour presentations:

Voices of the Holocaust:  A Personal Understanding of the Holocaust

Using photographs, imagery, diaries/memoirs and oral testimonies, this program provides a chronological overview of the Holocaust, helping personalize this difficult history. Participants will leave with a strong understanding of the events of the Holocaust, prepared to read a more comprehensive history or piece of literature.  This program is appropriate for all groups (age 10+) interested in a general understanding of the events of the Holocaust both before World War II and within context of World War II.

What Role Do You Choose?
Using the Museum's "Triangle" lesson, participants in this program will consider the role of perpetrators, bystanders and rescuers/upstanders during the Holocaust.  The program provides a thematic understanding of the Holocaust through the development of these roles under Nazi Germany. Time will be spent exploring the changes necessary to bring about changes in a society and the rare actions that challenged these changes. This program is appropriate for groups (age 10+) interested in exploring the roles undertaken during the Holocaust.
 
Eugenics, Euthanasia and Extermination
Eugenics was a pseudoscience with international appeal throughout the early 20th century. It was adapted by the Nazi party and used to justify their social policies.  Using text, propaganda imagery and first-person accounts, this program examines the transition in ethics that occurred within the medical field under Nazi Germany, with a connection being made to changing bio-medical ethics as a result of the trials that followed the Holocaust. This program is appropriate for groups (age 14+) who wish to explore this specific understanding of the Holocaust era and would be most suitable for STEM-based audiences.
 
All Behaviors Count
Using contemporary media and Holocaust survivor testimony, this program explores social cruelty, or antisocial behavior that serves a social purpose. This program examines the role each of the five forms of social cruelty – taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying – play in both school life and in our culture. In addition to teaching about these negative behaviors, this program also focuses on teaching about how to respond to social cruelty in positive ways. These social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – mean that participants in the program will be prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly. This program is appropriate for groups (age 5+) who wish to explore issues related to social cruelty and social resiliency. 
 
To request a date for any of the four presentations, please e-mail education@hmh.org.
 

 
UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


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. This year’s program will focus on the interruption of Jewish life and traditions, children in war and conflict, new possibilities with Holocaust survivor testimonies, new questions and new understandings and issues of race and power in times of conflict.
 
Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers will 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.
 
In appreciation to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) for supporting this educator training program. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust, the Claims Conference enables organizations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.


 
Implementing All Behaviors Count in School Settings
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

Start the school year off prepared to handle issues related to bullying and other socially cruel behaviors by attending this one-day workshop Friday, Aug. 9, to learn about Holocaust Museum Houston’s “All Behaviors Count” program.  This program is highly recommended for districts working to meet state guidelines regarding stopping bullying in all grade levels (K-12). Teachers, principals, curriculum leaders and guidance counselors should consider attending. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Aug. 2. To RSVP, visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 


Paralleled Histories:  The Holocaust, Jim Crow and Japanese-American Internment
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

How do the histories of the Holocaust, the Jim Crow era and Japanese-American internment intersect? During this one-day workshop on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, teachers can learn how fear, enmity, prejudice and apathy worked together to harm civil societies in Nazi Germany and the United States.
 
This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3-12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may also wish to consider attending.  The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Jan. 17, 2014. To RSVP, visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 

 
Genocide Studies 101
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

How did “Never Again” turn into “Ever Again”? On Friday, April 11, 2014, as a part of Genocide Awareness Month, Holocaust Museum Houston will provide a one-day workshop on genocide. 
 
This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies (particularly World History) and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3-12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may also wish to consider attending. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by April 4, 2014. To RSVP, visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
 

 
Professional Development by Other Groups
 
The Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League is conducting a “No Place For Hate” Summer Institute June 11-14, 2013 in Houston.  Educators can attend the program in its entirety or for just one day. Holocaust Museum Houston education staff will join the presentations on June 11 to present one of the modules from the “All Behaviors Count” curriculum. To learn more about the agenda and to register for the program visit https://secure2.convio.net/adl/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=4961. Registrations are due by May 31.
 

 
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RESOURCE OF THE MONTH


Ours to Fight For

Curated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the exhibition “Ours To Fight For,” invites visitors to “explore and celebrate the achievements of men and women who were part of the American war effort on and off of the battlefield. In their own voices and through their artifacts, letters and photographs, the “Greatest Generation” tells the stories of what the war was like for all of its participants and for Jews in particular. The resource and activity guides provide excellent resources for educators implementing units of study on World War II and liberation of concentration camps. 
 

 
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 or group planning a tour to help out.

Danish Rescue Boat, circa 1942
I am the helm of a Danish fishing boat like those used to save Jews in Denmark. My captain would have stood here to ferry six to eight people at a time across stormy, icy seas.

 While the railcar beside me tells the stories of incredible evil committed by ordinary people against their very own neighbors, I teach visitors about the heroic efforts of good people - like the captains of boats like me - who refused to be bystanders and did the right thing, even at the risk of their own lives.

The ordeal began in the first few days of October 1943 when the Germans began a nationwide action to round up all Danish Jews for deportation to the concentration camps. Six percent of Danish Jews were captured, but Denmark’s citizens revolted and helped 7,200 make it safely to Sweden along with 700 non-Jewish relatives. Will you help preserve my history?
Adopt Online
 

MESSAGE FROM THE
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

The Education Department at Holocaust Museum Houston is thankful for all of those individuals and organizations who have supported us for the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition to the Museum's Corporate Circle members, we wish to recognize those who have given $1,000 or more in underwriting our programs:

  • The Brown Foundation, Inc.

  • The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

  • Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation

  • Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • David Markowitz

  • Mark S. Mucasey & Associates

  • Scurlock Foundation

  • Sending Support Charitable Foundation

  • Elizabeth and Alan L. Stein

  • Syracuse University

  • Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

  • The Trull Foundation

    -- The Education Department



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