2011, No. 2

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

May 2011


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, held each summer, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world.

The 2011 program will be held July 5 through 8 and will focus on life after the Holocaust – for survivors and for those who work to commemorate the events of the Holocaust. Planned speakers include Dr. Michael Berenbaum and Dr. Robert Jan Van Pelt, who will jointly present the film “Shoah,” as well as separate sessions; Dr. Daniel Cohen, who will speak about issues related to displaced persons and refugees; and Dr. Mary Johnson, who will speak on methods of incorporating content into the classroom.
Seating is limited, open to teachers from across the United States, 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 http://www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml
. Applications must be submitted by June 20, 2011. For more information about the program, call 713-942-8000, ext. 123 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

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, the Lea K. Weems Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to United Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.


Two new exhibitions will open at Holocaust Museum Houston this summer: “Ours To Fight For” 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, the racist customs and the laws of Nazi Germany and Jim Crow America. Teachers who work with language, history and science will find these sessions significant in their teaching.

Beginning at 7 p.m., historian Omer Bartov will conduct a public lecture that examines his work in “Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine.” Teachers who attend the workshop will be able to attend this lecture, if they choose to do so. Bartov’s lecture will consider the long-lasting effects of the Holocaust, in which areas of Ukraine that were once filled with a vibrant Jewish community prior to the Holocaust now have no traces of that community left.

The Bartov lecture itself is free, but the cost for the one-day session – including materials – is $15. Lunch is not included. To register for the workshop and/or the lecture, please visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information, e-mail education@hmh.org.


On behalf of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, HMH education staff members will be conducting one-day trainings at the following Texas Education Service Centers. The workshops are available at no cost, and registration is available at the service center Web sites.

  • June 20, 2011 – Texas ESC 14 workshop
  • June 30, 2011 – Texas ESC 13 workshop


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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.

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The Enough Moment Wall (http://www.enoughmoment.org)
When did you realize you had to stand up, speak out and organize with others on vital human rights issues like genocide in Africa? This Web site is the companion to the text, “The Enough Moment,” in which John Prendergast and Don Cheadle discuss the anti-genocide movement to date. There are many examples of students and celebrities who have decided to add their voice to create a permanent anti-genocide constituency. This would be an excellent end-of-year project to organize with your students – who can add their videos to this site.


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