NEW SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED
FOR TEXAS REGION SERVICE CENTER 4 STUDENTS
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
being presented as a part of the Museum’s work to develop a citywide
commemoration of Yom HaShoah (day of remembrance) for the victims of the
Holocaust. Graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership in stopping
hatred, prejudice and apathy in their school or local community are
eligible to be nominated by a school guidance counselor or teacher. The
scholarship is open to students whose schooday, Dec. 12, 2011. Nominations will be reviewed by
committee, with the announcement of the award being made by March 1, 2012.
This scholarship is a one-time presentation of $500, to be used to support
the student’s first year of college or university education, and is being
presented with the generous support of the David Barg Endowment Fund and
the Morgan Family Endowment Fund. To receive a nomination form or for more
information, please contact the Education Department at 713-942-8000, ext.
105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
MASSACRE AT BABI YAR OBSERVED THIS SEPTEMBER
On Sept. 29-30, 1941, a mobile
killing squad murdered the Jewish population of Kiev at Babi Yar, a ravine
northwest of the city. This was one of the largest mass murders at an
individual location during World War II. According to reports by the
Einsatzgruppe to headquarters, 33,771 Jews were massacred in two days. In
the months following the massacre, German authorities stationed at Kiev
killed thousands more Jews at Babi Yar, as well as non-Jews, including
Roma (Gypsies), communists and Soviet prisoners of war. It is estimated
that some 100,000 people were murdered at Babi Yar.
There are many
resources teachers can use to commemorate this event. The Web site
resource of the month, Centropa, has information about Kiev’s Jewish
population. The following sites could also be used to locate
CONTEMPORARY GENOCIDE UPDATED
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Web site
has information about the creation of the term “genocide” and one-page
summaries of genocides of the 20th century. Each summary also includes
textual and Internet-based resources educators could use supplement the
information. These summaries have been updated to include the latest
information regarding justice issues for each event. New summaries have
been created to cover the atrocities that occurred in Guatemala and
Argentina and that are occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Holocaust Museum Houston has a
curriculum trunk with resources for implementing instruction about
genocide. Please see the education tab on the HMH Web site for a list of
the trunk’s resources and information regarding ordering a
UPCOMING TEACHER WORKSHOP
ANNOUNCED: “DEMYSTIFYING THE SIKH COMMUNITY”
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the
Asia Society Texas Center and the Sikh coalition will host a teacher
workshop from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the United Way, 50 Waugh Dr., in
Houston focused on “Demystifying the Sikh Community: Understanding Sikhs’
Presence and Contributions to America.”
Sikhism, the fifth largest
religion in the world, is growing rapidly. This faith, with roots in
Punjab, has also recently gained greater political importance. Manmohan
Singh, the current prime minister of India, is one of 26 million people
that practice Sikhism. In spite of this, Sikhs continue to experience
discrimination and are often misunderstood. The Asia Society Texas Center,
in partnership with the Sikh Coalition, will present a two-hour workshop
that will examine the history of Sikhism in America and give tips on how
to teach the religion in the classroom. Sikhism has been added for the
first time to the new Social Studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
(TEKS). The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required.
E-mail email@example.com or call
713-439-0051, ext. 15 to RSVP.
STEFI ALTMAN SEMINAR FOR
EDUCATORS TO FOCUS
ON "RETURNING: THE ART OF SAMUEL
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
COLOROSO TO PRESENT "THE BULLY, THE BULLIED AND THE BYSTANDER”
Join the Education Department on Wednesday,
April 18, 2012, for a one-day teacher workshop with international
best-selling author and consultant Barbara Coloroso.
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.
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.
WEB RESOURCE OF THE
Centropa is a Vienna and Budapest-based
non-profit NGO that uses advanced technologies to preserve Jewish memory
in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and
the Baltics, and then uses those same technologies to disseminate findings
in creative and innovative ways.
The site’s interactive database
offers an oral history project that combines old family pictures with the
stories that go with them. Centropa has interviewed almost 1,300 elderly
Jews living in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the
Sephardic communities of Greece, Turkey and the Balkans.
Presented with special