SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS YEAR'S
MAX M. KAPLAN SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS
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. This
year's institute runs from July 7 through July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The institute provides substantive content and the opportunity to network
with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from
around the world.
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 attend. 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 for the 2009 institute must be received with
payment by Monday, June 22, 2009. For more information, call 713-942-8000,
ext. 123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This educator training
project has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish
Material Claims Against Germany, the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation and the
Max M. Kaplan Fund.
REGISTER NOW FOR "FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES: HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN
The 20th century - one of the most murderous
centuries in history - will forever be marked by the Nazis’ attempt to
murder the Jews of Europe solely because of their ancestry. In no other
history are the steps that resulted in genocide so carefully documented,
not only by the victims, but also by perpetrators and bystanders. The
events that led to the Holocaust raise profound moral questions about the
consequences of our actions and our beliefs, and how we make distinctions
between right and wrong, good and evil. While the Holocaust was unique,
the questions remain universal.
Facing History’s principal resource book, "Holocaust and Human Behavior," as well
as video, primary sources and presentations by survivors and leading scholars of
the Holocaust, participants in this July seminar will experience a rigorous encounter
with this powerful history.
The seminar runs from July
20, 2009 through July 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at Holocaust
Museum Houston's Morgan Family Center and will be conducted by staff of
Facing History and Ourselves.
During the seminar, a wide range of
innovative teaching strategies will be used to help teachers confront
the Holocaust. Participants will leave with a thorough grounding on
how to incorporate these teaching tools into their classrooms in ways that
will help students connect the history of the Holocaust to the ethical
choices they face today.
Participants will follow Facing History’s scope and sequence,
beginning with an exploration of questions of identity in our lives today and then to
questions of group membership in history. These early sessions lay the
foundation for an intensive examination of the steps that led to the
Holocaust and the eventual mass murder of millions of Jews and other
victims. Participants then will be asked to think about questions of judgment
and memory, considering who bears responsibility for crimes against
humanity and how to confront or memorialize the past. The seminar will
conclude by challenging participants to reflect on questions about what
it means to participate responsibly in a civil society.
Following the seminar, participants will receive complete
access to Facing History’s Educator Resources, including downloadable
unit plans, lessons and online conversations. In addition, participants
may borrow videos, DVD and books from Facing History’s lending
library. Each participant also will be assigned a Facing History program
associate, who can provide ongoing support services.
The cost to attend the program is $100.
Register online at www.facinghistory.org.
For more information, contact Tracy
Garrison-Feinberg at 212-868-6544, ext. 34 or by e-mail at
HELP TEACH THE DANGERS OF
HATRED: BECOME A DOCENT
Teaching the dangers of
prejudice and hatred against the backdrop of the Holocaust would be an
almost impossible task without the assistance of volunteers who help
educate the thousands of visitors to Holocaust Museum Houston each year.
In preparation for this fall’s busy tour schedule, HMH is now accepting
applications for tour guides, commonly called docents, to help with those
tasks. Volunteers will be trained in the history of the Holocaust and
taught to give tours during seven weeks of training. The class meets
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. from Aug. 4 through Sept. 17.
The deadline for applications is June 15, 2009. For more information on
becoming a docent, call 713-942-8000, ext. 102 or e-mail email@example.com.
LEGISLATION TO CREATE TEXAS HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE COMMISSION
2007, Texas passed landmark legislation divesting from firms that
supported genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Now, Texas is once again
in the position to make the promise of “Never Again” a greater
Sens. Rodney Ellis and Florence
Shapiro have introduced Senate Bill 482 and State Reps. Warren Chisum, Ellen
Cohen, Elliott Naishtat, Senfronia Thompson and Dan
Branch have now introduced House Bill 795 for consideration in the 2009
session of the Texas Legislature to create a Texas Holocaust and Genocide
Commission. Under the current draft of the bill, this commission would
serve in an advisory capacity for Holocaust and genocide education, as
well as a clearinghouse for Texas educators who need resources and advice
on teaching these topics. The 18-member commission would be appointed,
and one part-time employee would be assigned to support its
Holocaust Museum Houston and many other organizations — including
Save Darfur, Genocide Intervention Network, the Holocaust museums in
Dallas and El Paso, the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars and
the Southwest and North Texas Regions of the Anti-Defamation League
— support this legislation and are asking citizens of the
State of Texas, especially students, to contact their representatives to
let them know why Holocaust and genocide education is important and how
they feel this commission could advance such education. For information on
how to contact your state senator or representative to urge passage of
this legislation, visit our Web site at
www.hmh.org. You can also download a copy of the
EDUCATOR RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE MOVIE
A new curriculum to help educators create
unique teachable moments around the release of "Defiance," starring Daniel
Craig as Jewish resistance leader Tuvia Bielski, is now available online
from the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation. The
materials can be used with or without seeing the movie. The
free curriculum is available for download at www.jewishpartisans.org/defiance. The new guide can help teachers inspire students to engage
withhistory, English, Jewish ethics, Holocaust studies
and more through the true story of the Bielski partisans, who fought back
against overwhelming odds to save 1,200 Jews.
U.S. MUSEUM LAUNCHES
ONLINE EXHIBITION ON NAZI PROPAGANDA
The United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum has released the online version of its new exhibition “State
of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.” The new exhibit can be viewed
A student activity at the site focuses on the
use of radio by the Nazi government. A timeline and gallery of artifacts
can also be