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A Student’s Journey

Thanks to a mini-grant from TOLI, Angela Frank was able to take 89 students and 10 chaperones on a trip to the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus as a culminating event to end the study of her Holocaust History class. Frank has been teaching this semester long elective class for 6th graders for three […continue]

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Field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills

As a culminating activity to reading Michael Gruenbaum’s memoir Somewhere There is Still a Sun, Kathy Ha and Johanna Toth’s students from Portage West Middle School and Portage North Middle School visited the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus. While there, students experienced The Center with a docent-led tour, and met and participated in a […continue]

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Visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills

The Holocaust & Modern Acts of Genocide class and the Advanced German Classes visited the Holocaust Memorial Center to gain additional insight about the Holocaust. Each group of students was led through the museum, which follows the history of Judaism, Jewish Culture, Jews in Germany before the Nazis, the Rise of Nazism, the Holocaust and […continue]

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The Butterfly Project

My Sophomore World History classes spent the morning at the Levine Jewish Community Center participating in the Butterfly Project. This project began with a brief exploration of the ADL’s Pyramid of Hate as it applied to the events leading up to the Holocaust and how the behaviors on the pyramid exist in the lives of […continue]

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Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati

Kristi Ugland, an English teacher at the Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus, Ohio,  used a mini-grant from TOLI to help teach an elective this year. The grant helped fund a class field trip to the Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati, where students come across personal accounts that help promote tolerance and social […continue]

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From Past to Present: Exploring Antisemitism

In a course on Holocaust studies and human rights that she teaches with Anja Schwarzenauer and Lisa Hupfauf, who attended the TOLI seminar in Innsbruck in 2016, Ms. Ulseß-Schurda’s students explore the concept of global humanities and look at human populations that have histories of exclusion and marginalization. The course provides an opportunity for students to study human catastrophes, in […continue]

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O’Neill High School Remembrance Project

For English teacher Katrina Gotschall, the goal of the O’Neill High School Holocaust Remembrance Project is to allow rural Holocaust literature students to bear witness to what they have studied in their classrooms. A mini-grant made it possible for them to travel to Washington, DC and spend a day at the United States Holocaust Memorial […continue]

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Field Trip to the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center

Students in Scott Lone’s US History classes spend three weeks studying the Holocaust, a curriculum which culminates in a meeting with a local Holocaust survivor. A mini-grant made it possible for Scott’s students to visit the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center as well, the first event of its kind in his district.   […continue]

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Field Trip to the Jewish Film Festival

It was more than another afternoon at the movies. Zack Hull, an English teacher at Carson Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had arranged for the entire eighth grade to attend a special screening of Nicky’s Family through Teen Screen, a program of JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum. Zack, who participated in the Memorial Library’s […continue]

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WWII Speaker Series

Jane Luethge, currently a humanities curriculum specialist at Burke High School in Omaha, embarked on a life-changing journey with the senior English class at Omaha Central High School during the 2013-2014 school year. A participant in the Library’s Nebraska Satellite, she piloted Central’s new course on “Social Justice,” engaging 35 students in both literature and […continue]

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