2010, No. 1

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

January 2010


Christian military chaplains, Catholics and protestants accompanied the German armies that overran Europe during World War II. What roles did these men play in the Holocaust? This free lecture set for Wednesday, Jan. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. is based on research for Dr. Doris Bergen’s upcoming book that explores that question.

Chaplains, she shows, were eyewitnesses to the mass murder of Jews in the Ukraine, Yugoslavia and elsewhere in German-occupied Europe. In at least one case, German military chaplains protested the killing of Jewish children. On the whole, however, their efforts served to provide a veneer of legitimacy for the Nazi war of annihilation. The subject of military chaplains touches on many persistent questions about the Holocaust: What part did "ordinary Germans" play in the destruction of Jews? Who knew what and when did they know it? How were Jews linked to other victims of the war?

Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on issues of religion, gender and ethnicity in the Holocaust and World War II and comparatively in other cases of extreme violence. Her books include “Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich” (1996), “War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust” (2003), “The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Centuries” (edited, 2004), and “Lessons and Legacies VIII” (edited, 2008). She has held grants and fellowships from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Bergen is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the USHMM in Washington, DC. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail events@hmh.org.


Mark your calendars for the Museum District Educators Open House, set for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holocaust Museum Houston will conduct sessions on this date, as will other museums. To register, visit the Houston Museum District Association’s Web site at www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org.


This one-day teacher workshop set for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 will focus on how and what educators should teach about genocide, including specific information about genocides in the 20th and 21st centuries. Presenting the workshop, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be Adam Jones, associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, Canada. From 2005 to 2007, he was an associate research fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He is the author of a widely used textbook, "Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction," and author or editor of more than a dozen other books, including "Gender Inclusive: Essays on Violence, Men and Feminist International Relations." He serves as executive director of Gendercide Watch (www.gendercide.org), a web-based educational initiative that confronts gender-selective atrocities against men and women worldwide. Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). This workshop also will be submitted to the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for approval of hours. The cost for the one-day event is $15 per person. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

Jones also will present a free public lecture entitled "Gendering Genocide" on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, beginnning at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and advance registration is required, however. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For questions about membership or First Thursdays, please call Member Services at 713-527-1640 or e-mail membership@hmh.org.


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).

The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) has approved this workshop to count toward the TAGT Awareness Certificate. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance that notes four hours in creativity and instructional strategies and one hour in differentiated curriculum. It is a local school district decision whether these hours will be accepted for required professional development.

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


Many educators have used the Museum's curriculum trunks filled with Holocaust-related materials, but many may not be aware that the Museum also offers trunks with genocide-related materials.

These trunks have class sets of two texts:  Samantha Power’s "A Problem From Hell" and "Century of Genocide," edited by Samuel Totten and others. There are also individual texts and several audiovisual materials that are classroom-appropriate.

To request a trunk, visit the Museum’s Web site and complete the online application.  If you have additional questions about the program, e-mail trunks@hmh.org.


The Anne Frank Tree Interactive Monument's site at www.annefranktree.nl/index.aspx allows visitors to leave a leaf on a virtual tree that resonates with the one Anne Frank viewed from the secret annex. Frank was in hiding in the annex for more than two years. During the day, she had to be very quiet and she could never go outside. She yearned for freedom. She had a clear opinion about many things and wrote about them in her diary. Writing made her less sad and gave her the courage to carry on. 

Frank wanted to be useful to others after the war - not only to the people around her but also to people she did not know. She did not survive the Holocaust, but her diary has inspired millions of people all over the world to do their best for a better world. 




International Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place on Jan. 27, 2010. 

Holocaust Museum Houston encourages all educators to hold a moment of silence in remembrance of all of the victims of the Holocaust on this day.  A minute-of-silence video that could be used in classrooms can be found at www.scholocaustcouncil.org.  Students could also participate by leaving a leaf in the Anne Frank Tree (see the Web Resource of the Month) or by participating in the Museum's Butterfly Project. For details, visit the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

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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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