2009, No. 8

Education Department: 713-942-8000, ext.105

October 2009


Holocaust Museum Houston welcomes Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Rabbi Emeritus Samuel Karff of Congregation of Beth Israel in a discussion of the Vatican II document: Nostra Aetate.

The two will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 in the Museum's Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater.

In Latin, Nostra Aetate is translated to mean “in our age.” This document marks a special moment in the history of the Catholic Church and its relation to other religions, especially Judaism. Nostra Aetate repudiated a centuries-old teaching of contempt for Judaism and the Jewish people. This concept is thoroughly discussed in “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People,” an exhibit on display at the Museum until Jan. 3, 2010. Oct. 28, 2009 marks the 44th anniversary of the creation of this document.

Fiorenza and Karff will discuss the historical importance as well as present and future perspectives of this document. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.


Houston-area Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan calls Holocaust Museum Houston the “House of Love” because he says it was built to teach about loving each other instead of hating each other.

Visit the Museum for a special professional development workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop will focus on school age-appropriate literature for grades three through 12. The session will include information on how to incorporate the use of literature in all classrooms for all development levels, and classroom-use materials will be provided.

ELA TEKS addressed will have as their primary focus:

  • Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text,
  • Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Culture and History and
  • Reading/Media Literacy.

Social Studies TEKS addressed will include:

  • World History (18): identify examples of political, economic and social oppression and violations of human rights throughout history, including slavery, the Holocaust, other examples of genocide and politically motivated mass murders in Cambodia, China and the Soviet Union;
  • U.S. History (6):  analyze major issues and events of World War II, such as fighting the war on multiple fronts, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the Holocaust, the battle of Midway, the invasion of Normandy and the development of and Harry Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb; and
  • Social Studies Skills (varies).

This one-day event has a non-refundable workshop fee of $15 per teacher. Lunch is not provided. Register online by Feb. 1, 2010 at www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx


The Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education has announced guidelines for its 2010 Yom HaShoah Statewide Art, Writing and Video Contest for students.

The theme for the 2010 year is “Upstanders in the Holocaust,” which references those who stood up for righteousness and fairness in the face of prejudice and hatred. There are categories for middle and high schools, with three prizes awarded in each category. For more information on the contest, visit www.hmh.org.


Holocaust Museum Houston has taken on a new look with the launch of its new Web site designed to make the site more user-friendly for members, offer more information for educators and students and encourage others to visit the Museum.

The redesign of the Web site follows redesigns of the Museum’s newsletter, visitor guide and membership campaign materials and is based on the Museum’s new marketing campaign tagline “Stop Hate. Starting Here.”

The site’s new feature area “Just for Educators” offers educators items like lesson plans to accompany Museum exhibits, professional development programs, curriculum guides and other teacher resources.

The companion “Just for Students” area offers school children information on how to research the Holocaust and other genocides and how to participate in the Museum’s “Butterfly Project” as well as encouragement on being an upstander rather than a bystander when confronted with evil or injustice.

Members can now avoid having to enter their personal information repeatedly when registering for events or making donations.  The new site will automatically populate data fields for members who enter their membership card number and home telephone number. To take advantage of this feature, members should make certain the Museum has a home telephone number on file.

Other changes to the site include a new sitemap for easier access to page information, an expanded search engine and the ability for members to have the site remind them by e-mail one day or one week in advance of any program or event. Members must still register to actually attend the event, however.

Members also can find answers to frequently asked questions and discover which Texas museums will provide free or discounted access to HMH members.

Guests thinking of visiting the Museum also can find answers to common questions, print a map of neaby attractions for a walking visit, find directions by car or rail and book a group tour for 10 or more people.

To see more features of the new site, visit www.hmh.org.


There are many misconceptions about the Holocaust. The newly opened Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center lists some of the most common misconceptions on its Web site. 

This site lists the actual statement attributed to Pastor Niemoeller and dispels some of the myths about Adolf Hitler’s ancestry, the Danish king wearing a Star of David and Norwegians wearing paper clips.



Are you attending any regional, state or national conferences this year?  If so, look to see if Holocaust Museum Houston is one of the presenters. The Museum will be at the following conferences this fall:  Region IV Social Studies Conference, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Texas Council for the Social Studies, National Law-Related Education Leadership Conference, National Middle School Association, National Council of Teachers of English and National Council for the Social Studies.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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