2011, No. 5

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

October 2011


Have you ever used one of Holocaust Museum Houston’s Curriculum Trunks? If so, be a part of the team who helps the Museum to take this program to the next level. Watch for a survey to arrive in your e-mail inbox soon – respond to it – and know that your responses mean we’ll be ready to move this project toward a more technology-based program.

Alfons Heck, a former Hitler Youth member whose experiences are detailed in the book "Parallel Journeys," says of Kristallnacht, “It was the end of German innocence.” On Nov. 9-10, 1938, a nationwide pogrom was enacted against Jews living in Nazi Germany. According to the latest research conducted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “The rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Many synagogues burned throughout the night, in full view of the public and of local firefighters, who had received orders to intervene only to prevent flames from spreading to nearby buildings. SA and Hitler Youth members across the country shattered the shop windows of an estimated 7,500 Jewish-owned commercial establishments and looted their wares. Jewish cemeteries became a particular object of desecration in many regions.”  More than 30,000 men were arrested and sent to concentration camps during this evening of violence. 

In honor of the Museum’s 15th anniversary, Holocaust Museum Houston will host a panel discussion comprised of Houston area survivors on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.  These survivors will discuss their experiences living under the Nuremberg Laws. Several of the survivors expected to be present experienced the violence of Kristallnacht. Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online.

The HMH lesson plan developed for the exhibit: "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews," which focuses primarily on Albanian Muslims who helped rescue Jews, could also be used as a part of a commemoration of Kristallnacht. Download a copy at http://www.hmh.org/Uploads/PDF/Besa-Pilku.PDF

See the “Web Site Resource of the Month” section below for a link to an online exhibition about Kristallnacht.



Holocaust Museum Houston is introducing a new scholarship for graduating seniors that honors the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust. The scholarship is open to students whose school is located within the Region 4 Education Service Center area (see http://www.esc4.net). Nominations for this scholarship are due by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011.  For more information, please visit http://www.hmh.org/ed_contests.shtml.


Join the Education Department for a half-day teacher workshop March 3, 2012 that focuses on “Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak,” a planned exhibit to be 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.


Join the Education Department on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, for a one-day teacher workshop with international best-selling author and consultant Barbara Coloroso.

Coloroso’s uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda and mother of three grown children.

Coloroso is the author of four international best-sellers, including “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander — From Pre-School to High School” and “Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide ... And Why It Matters."

In the afternoon, HMH Education Department staff will present their newest program: “All Behaviors Count: Humanity in Action.” This program provides information about the five behaviors of social cruelty and how schools can develop communities in which humanity is in action. Teasing, exclusion, bullying, rumoring and ganging up have all led to violence in the past few years; in a world of total connectedness, with no down time as in the past, these behaviors are causing greater damage.

This interactive afternoon will include presentations, visiting of relevant exhibition spaces and rich discussion. The cost for the one-day session – including materials and a copy of Coloroso’s book “Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide... And Why It Matters,” is $25. Lunch is not included. To register for the workshop, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Online Kristallnacht Exhibition
This online exhibition explores the events of Kristallnacht through photographs, survivor testimony, documents and maps.  Educators could examine this exhibition with their students in a computer lab setting or assign the components of the site as homework. The site also permits individuals to post personal remembrances about what they learned. 


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The butterfly - with its story of rebirth and transformation into new life - has become an international symbol of freedom from oppression, hatred and intolerance ever since Pavel Friedmann, a young boy held captive in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia wrote his poem "The Butterfly."
A total of 12,000 children under the age of 15 passed through the Terezin camp from 1942 to 1944. Approximately 90 percent of those children perished.
To remember all the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million butterflies made from arts and crafts materials for a breath-taking exhibition that all will remember. This extraordinary calendar contains full-color images of butterflies made by children from around the world as part of that effort.
Calendars are only $10 each if purchased at the Museum Store or can be ordered online at www.hmh.org. Visit the Store section. There is a $5 shipping and handling fee if ordered online.

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