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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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Connecting Students to History

Students from Carrie McCallum’s Holocaust and Genocide Literature class at St. Helen’s High School traveled to Portland, Oregon to tour the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Washington Park and hear Holocaust survivor Miriam Greenstein speak at the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. Prior to the excursion and as part of the curriculum for the class, students read […continue]

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Field trip to New York City and Washington, DC with York College Students

This grant supported a travel course at York College in York, Nebraska. The course, “The Holocaust: Special Studies,” was designed and taught by Erin DeHart, with co-facilitator, Chris Luther. It is a summer course in which undergraduate students complete classroom activities and then travel in NYC and Washington DC studying the Holocaust through experiential learning. […continue]

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Holocaust in History Student Tour

In June 2012, Ginny Hoke along with eight current and former Thurston High School students joined thirty students and four teachers from Clackamas, Oregon, and Fishers, Indiana, to travel on a Holocaust in History tour to Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic. The group from Thurston High School represents students who have taken on leadership […continue]

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