Blog Archives

The Advanced Holocaust Educators Conference

The Advanced Holocaust Educators Conference was organized by the Institute for Holocaust Education and the Nebraska Holocaust Education Consortium in keeping with our belief that Holocaust education can be most meaningful, successful, and impactful when educators are provided with quality resources and guidelines. In the relatively young and evolving field of Holocaust education, we strive to provide access […continue]

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“From the Ashes: Art of the Holocaust,” Exhibit and Event

Under the supervision of Scott Lone (’14) and instructors in disciplines including music and culinary art, students in West bend High Schools’ US History classes and art classes participated in an interdisciplinary project focusing on art that interprets the Holocaust. Their work focused on four themes: Life before the Holocaust, Deportation, Life in the Camp, […continue]

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Bringing the Unsilence Project into the Classroom

As conference chair and incoming President of the statewide Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Michelle Best wanted to provide a dynamic and meaningful experience for teachers as they learned about the Holocaust and the social justice opportunities available to them. For these reasons, she invited author Dr. Danny M. Cohen to speak […continue]

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Visas for Life Project

Toshimi Abe-Janiga developed this project to introduce students and teachers in the United States, Lithuania, and Japan to Chiune Sugihara. Participants learned about Sugihara’s efforts as the Japanese consul-general in Kovno, Lithuania, where he issued 2,139 transit visas to Jewish refugees trying desperately to get out of Europe in 1940. Participants crafted visa tags for […continue]

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Response-Ability: Empathy in Action

The Response-Ability: Empathy in Action project created by Michelle Sadrena Clark involved over 10 teachers, 80 students, and over 100 community members in understanding connections between past and present phenomena, and using this knowledge to engage in social change. The project revolved around the experiences of refugees, the cultures they come from, and the conflicts […continue]

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Afripeace Chico Journey to Rwanda

Pam Bodnar, 2008 Memorial Library summer seminar participant and co-leader of the Memorial Library satellite seminar “Crossing Lines: Seeking Heroes, Finding Resilience,” worked diligently alongside high school students in Chico, CA to raise funds for a month-long trip to Rwanda Africa in July 2012. Bodnar is the advisor of Afripeace Chico, a non-profit student-run organization […continue]

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The Holocaust and Teaching for Social Justice

Supported in part by a grant from the Library, survivor Irving Roth came to Salisbury University on July 21 to speak with teachers, students, and the community. In a workshop with teachers that formed part of a week-long training institute. Mr. Roth gave his personal testimony and provided insights on how to relate this difficult […continue]

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Human Rights: How My Actions Impact Others’ Rights

A grant from the Library enabled a Holocaust Awareness Panel at Pathways School this past Spring which highlighted the Rocky Mountain director of Facing History, the director of Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Prevention, and a “lost boy” from Sudan named Arok. This event was the culminating activity of a month- long study of […continue]

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Dakota Writing Project Holocaust Institute

In the summers of 2009-2011, the Dakota Writing Project, with support from the Memorial Library, hosted the    “DWP Holocaust Institute: Exploring the Issues of Cultural Trauma, Identity, and Resilience in the Jewish and Native American Communities” at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, where participating teachers developed unit plans about the Holocaust and American Indian […continue]

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Roswell Reads

In the fall of 2008, several hundred copies of Elie Wiesel’s Night were distributed to Roswell schools, community groups, and individuals to allow the community to read the book together as part of “Roswell Reads,” a community literacy event conducted by the High Plains Writing Project. Five events held over several weeks helped readers understand […continue]

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