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Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators
July 9 through July 12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center
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. This year’s program will focus on the interruption of Jewish life and traditions, children in war and conflict, new possibilities with Holocaust survivor testimonies, new questions and new understandings and issues of race and power in times of conflict.
Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers will grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust. Each year’s schedule includes one or two evening lectures. The program is directed toward educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and educators of all levels who have a specific interest in, and background knowledge of, the Holocaust are invited to apply. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. The cost to attend the program is $150, which includes lunch and materials for the four days. Applications are available for financial support to attend the Institute. Please see the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund application at http://www.hmh.org for information and instructions on how to apply. For more information, e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.



Do you plan to conduct a remembrance at your school or site regarding the Days of Remembrance?  Tell us about it by e-mail to  education@hmh.org.


Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, is Monday, April 8. The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) as a permanent living memorial to the victims. The USHMM has designated "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs" as the theme for the 2013 observance. Observances and remembrance activities can occur during the week of remembrance that runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) through the following Sunday. Days of Remembrance are observed by state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, churches, synagogues and civic centers.


Holocaust Museum Houston's “Adopt an Artifact” program allows visitors and school groups to help protect our collections for future generations in an inexpensive way. At only $10 per card, it's easy for a class or group planning a tour to help out.
Farewell Card and Photograph; Auschwitz, 1943

I am the last communication Hans Meyer sent to his family, written on the train to Auschwitz from the Dutch concentration camp Westerbork. Hans perished in Auschwitz in 1943. I am a heartbreaking glimpse into a last farewell. He writes, “I did receive the three parcels… Don’t send me any more.”

Holocaust Museum Houston holds many photos and messages like me in their collections. Why? So we can continue to teach “never again.”
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As you may have heard, Holocaust Museum Houston has reached its goal of collecting 1.5 million arts-and-crafts butterflies to remember  the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. Even though our goal has been reached, the Museum will continue to accept butterflies until June 30, 2013.

After June 2013, schools and organizations are encouraged to continue to use The Butterfly Project lesson in their studies about the Holocaust. After completing the lesson, schools and groups may wish to organize a small exhibition of the butterflies at the school or other local setting or simply have participants take their butterflies with them as a lasting remembrance. 

The Museum is grateful to the thousands of schools and organizations from around the world who participated in the project over these past years. Continue to watch our Web site for announcements on our planned exhibition.

-- The Education Department

Visit our Web site for lesson plans, resources for teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides and information about current exhibitions.  Educators can also order a curriculum trunk, request a docent-led tour or register for public programs offered at the Museum. 

The Museum is open 7 days
a week. General admission
is free.
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,
Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is a member
of the Houston Museum
District Association and
is located in Houston's Museum District.

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