2011, No. 3

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

August 2011


Field trips to Holocaust Museum Houston truly help to complement a study about the Holocaust. Schools are encouraged to consider bringing students to the Museum to learn more about the experiences of survivors who settled in Houston after the war. Docent-led tours are provided for groups of 10 or more, and there is no fee for admission or a tour.

Due to space limitations within the Museum, tours may not always be available. Teachers are encouraged to discuss field trips with their administrators and make plans early. Testing dates and grading periods should be kept in mind so that proposed tour dates do not conflict with the school calendar.

Two new exhibitions opened at the Museum this summer that are appropriate for students in grade three or higher. Special tours can be arranged for these two exhibitions.

To request a field trip, visit the HMH Web site at http://www.hmh.org/GroupTourRequest.aspx to complete the tour request form.

A new Group and Student Tour Guide also will help prepare students to participate in their docent-led tour. The guide is available for download at http://www.hmh.org/Uploads/PDF/Group_Student_Tours_Guide.pdf.


Two new exhibitions opened at Holocaust Museum Houston this summer: “Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” and “The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws.”

This one-day teacher workshop scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 will focus on the topics of these two exhibitions. Beginning at 9 a.m., educators will view “Ours To Fight For.” This exhibition details the experiences of American minorities fighting in World War II, notably Jewish veterans. After viewing the exhibition, teachers will participate in a session about implementing the content of this exhibit in their classrooms.

The morning will be especially relevant to history educators in addressing the new World War II TEKS. In the afternoon, teachers will view and discuss “The Impact of Racist Ideologies.” The afternoon session will include information about eugenics, customs and the laws used to develop these societies. Teachers who work with language, history and science will find these sessions significant in their teaching.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Museum will present "Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine," featuring Omer Bartov. This poignant travelogue reveals the complete erasure of the Jews and their removal from public memory in the service of a fiercely aggressive Ukranian nationalism. Omer Bartov, a leading Holocaust scholar, discovers that he must learn to understand the complex interethnic relationships and conflicts that have existed for centuries. In this free public lecture, he will recreate the histories of the vibrant Jewish and Polish communities who once lived there and describe what is left today following their brutal and complete destruction.

The cost for the one-day workshop session – including materials – is $15. Lunch is not included. The evening lecture is free. To register for the workshop and/or the lecture, please visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


Custom and law are closely linked systems that affect how people act toward each other. In the post-Civil War United States and in Nazi Germany, the freedoms and rights of some groups of people were limited. African-Americans were the primary target under the U.S. system of Jim Crow Laws. Jewish people were the primary target under the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, Holocaust Museum Houston will present “Race and Film: Clips from Birth of a Nation and Jud Süss.”

Professor Cary Wintz from Texas Southern University will provide commentary and lead discussion relevant to these films. “Birth of a Nation,” directed by D.W. Griffith, was released in 1915. It is one of the most famous and controversial movies ever made. At the time, it was viewed as a technical marvel; crowds flocked to see it throughout the United States. Today, however, the film is most remembered for its racist portrayal of the period in American history after the Civil War known as Reconstruction. “Jud Süss” is a 1940 film, produced by Terra Filmkunst, on behalf of the Nazi regime.

This program is cosponsored by The Health Museum. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org.


Join Holocaust Museum Houston to take advantage of special savings on books, DVDs, posters and other educational items when purchased on-site in the Museum Store.

Educators qualify for the Ally-level membership at only $25 per teacher and automatically receive a 10 percent discount on all items purchased as a member.  Educator members also receive a subscription to the Museum's printed newsletter "Bearing Witness," invitations to Museum openings and events, one official membership card and general circulation privileges from the Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library.

To sign up now, click the "Join Now" tab to the right or visit www.hmh.org and click the Membership tab.


Join the Education Department for a half-day teacher workshop Marcxh 3, 2012 that focuses on “Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak,” a planned exhibit on view at Holocaust Museum Houston Feb. 17, 2012 through Aug 12, 2012.

Bak has said of his work, “My paintings are meant to bear personal testimony to the trauma of surviving.” In “Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak,” viewers encounter familiar imagery used in unusual, somewhat surrealistic ways as they are led on an astoundingly complex, beautiful and richly colorful journey to, through and from the Holocaust.

During this Stefi Altman Seminar for Educators, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., educators will explore the history of Vilna, Lithuania from World War I through World War II, the implications of this history on the childhood of Bak and study the Holocaust as it occurred in Vilna. Time will be spent connecting Bak’s art to literature and history so that educators are prepared to implement the paintings in their existing lesson plans. The Museum suggests schools or districts send teachers from multiple disciplines to learn about the work of Bak, its ability to transmit and challenge knowledge about the Holocaust and how to develop cross-curricular lessons that support Holocaust pedagogy.

The cost for the one-day session – including materials – is $15. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail education@hmh.org.

The workshop is named in honor of Houston Holocaust survivor Stefi Altman, who was born in Lublin, Poland in 1926. The third of four children, she was just 13 years old when the Germans conquered her homeland in September 1939. She spent time in the concentration camps Jastkov, Treblinka and Majdanek before reaching Dorohucza, a Polish labor camp. She eventually was hidden by a sympathetic farmer until being liberated by the Russians, when she learned that her family — 35 members in all — were murdered in the Holocaust.


Online Exhibition for “Ours To Fight For”

“Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” is a special traveling exhibition curated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

On view at Holocaust Museum Houston through Dec. 31, 2011, the exhibit invites guests to explore and celebrate the achievements of Jewish men and women who were a part of the war effort on and off the battlefield. In their own voices and through their artifacts, letters, and photographs, the “Greatest Generation” tells the stories of what the war was like for all its participants, and for Jews in particular.


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Houstonians can honor members of the United States armed forces by donating care package items and writing letters to the troops currently stationed overseas as part of this year’s Houston Museum District Day activities at Holocaust Museum Houston.

Co-sponsored by the Houston-area chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., the Museum will accept items beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 through Houston Museum District Day, held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. The September event is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibit on Jewish troops in World War II, “Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War.” Admission and all of the day’s activities are free.

On Sept. 17, guests visiting the Museum will be able to write letters, notes and postcards of thanks and support to the troops as well.

For a list of items needed, visit Blue Star Mothers at bsmhoustonarea.org. All items must be new and in original packaging. Other co-sponsors of the event include Park Plaza Hospital and Linbeck.

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