2010, No. 4

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

April 2010


April 11 marks the observance of Yom HaShoah, a day to remember the Jewish people who perished during the Holocaust.

The week that follows is a week that may be used to commemorate this history and remind all to never forget this history and to work to prevent it from happening again.

These links could assist educators in creating lessons or programs around this week:


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. The institute, scheduled for July 6 – 9, 2010, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world.

Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust.

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 apply. 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.

The application to the program is available at the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml. For more information about the program, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123. 

This educator training project has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.; and is generously underwritten by the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Fund and the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.


Members of the education department at Holocaust Museum Houston can present content and pedagogic information related to the Holocaust and other genocides. 

Past presentations have included an "Overview of the Holocaust," "Education under the Nazi System," "Overview of Genocide," "The Impact of Racist Ideologies:  Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws," "Beyond Anne Frank:  Other Holocaust-Era Diaries" and "How to Use the HMH Curriculum Trunks." The Museum’s staff could also present information related to the revised TEKS. 

E-mail education@hmh.org to check availability, cost (usually just mileage) and discuss topics available.


Students from middle and high schools across Texas have been named as winners of the 2010 Yom HaShoah statewide Art, Writing and Video Contest for their efforts to document the stories of individuals who actively and bravely opposed the Holocaust as it happened.

The contest is held annually to help middle- and high-school students across Texas learn more about the Holocaust during World War II. The contest is timed to coincide with the international commemoration of Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah corresponds annually to the historical beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943.

As part of this year’s contests, students were invited to submit art projects, videos and essays reflecting the theme “Upstanders in the Holocaust.”

“Upstander” is a recently coined term used to identify those who stood up for righteousness and fairness in the face of prejudice and hatred, rather than standing by. During World War II and the Holocaust, upstanders came in many different forms: as members of the Partisan military forces battling Nazi Germany in occupied lands behind the front lines to families throughout Europe who hid their Jewish neighbors from deportation and death.

In the video competition, first place went to Armand Fernandez-Pierre of Episcopal School of Dallas (Dallas, TX); second place went to Tom Blaney of Rogers Middle School (Prosper, TX); and third place went to John Marshall Lefferts, also of Episcopal School of Dallas.

In the writing competition for middle school students, first place went to Jacqueline Simmons of St. Francis Episcopal Day School (Houston, TX); second place went to Rollins Olmsted of Episcopal School of Dallas; and third place went Megan Rooney, also of Episcopal School of Dallas.

In the high school writing competition, first place went to Patrick Schaab of Quest Home School Co-Op (Howe, TX); second place went to Joseph McGowan, also of Quest Home School Co-Op; and third place went to Kate Gaddis of Nolan Catholic High School (Fort Worth, TX)

In the art competition for middle school students, first place was awarded to Samantha Cheung of Episcopal School of Dallas; second place went to Ulysses Trejo of Kennedale Junior High School (Kennedale, TX); and Alyssa Yates of Lorene Rogers Middle School (Prosper, TX) and Sydney Scott, also of Lorene Rogers Middle School, tied for third place.

In the high school art category, first place went to Dalton Barnard of Gatesville High School (Gatesville, TX); second place went to Rebecca Gomez of Gatesville High School (Gatesville, TX); and third place went to Seth Raspaldo, also of Gatesville High School.

Entries were judged in Dallas, Houston and El Paso by a committee of educators, professionals and museum members on adherence to the theme, historical representation, creativity and presentation.

First-place winners in each category received $100, second-prize winners received $75, and third-prize winners were awarded $50.

The competition was sponsored by the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education, which includes Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center, The Holocaust Memorial of San Antonio, Holocaust Museum Houston, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the North Texas/Oklahoma and Southwest Regional Offices of the Anti-Defamation League.

The competition was generously underwritten by The David Barg Endowment Fund, The Houston Council of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Second Generation and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.


Enough (www.enoughproject.com) is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates and policy makers to prevent, mitigate and resolve these crises. 



Holocaust Museum Houston's new Web site offers free online discussion forums for educators.  These forums are divided into groups:  elementary educators, middle school educators, high school educators, and college and university educators.

There are three special groups designed for alumni of the Museum programs: Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers and the Conference for Spanish and Latin American Teachers of the Holocaust.

Educators can register to join the discussion forums at www.hmh.org (follow the link to the forums; click the Register button at the upper right corner of the page). Participation in the forum will permit educators from across the country to share ideas, ask questions and discover new resources. You will be notified by e-mail once your registration has been accepted.


The Museum is open seven days a week. General admission is free.
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,
Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

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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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