HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 11, 2008) – Holocaust educators
from across the globe will meet in Houston this March for a
first-of-its-kind forum for discussing challenges and strategies
related to teaching the Holocaust in modern times.
Holocaust Museum Houston will host the International Conference of
Holocaust Museum Educators March 2-6, 2008, on behalf of the
Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO).
"Holocaust museums are a relatively new phenomenon," said AHO
President Dr. William Shulman. "Most have only been in existence for 10
or 15 years, and there is a need for experts in various areas to meet
each other, share information and get new ideas."
Shulman said the conference will give educators from around the
world the opportunity to network and discuss problems they have in
common. The conference also will feature programs and panels in which
Holocaust educators will discuss challenges and strategies related to
teaching about genocide and the Holocaust.
Speakers will include Dr. William Meinecke, historian for the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, who will discuss
challenges museum educators face; Karen Polak, international
coordinator of the educational department for the Anne Frank House in
Amsterdam; and Dr. Wolf Kaiser, deputy director and head of the
educational department of the House of the Wannsee Conference, both of
whom will speak about teaching the Holocaust in museums at original
While the conference is not open to the general public, Shulman said
educators from Holocaust organizations around the world have been
invited to participate. To date, educators from Germany, Israel, the
United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada are expected to participate.
Sessions will be held at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.
"Houston is one of the premier Holocaust Museums in the world,"
Shulman said. "Fortunately, the institution was gracious enough to be
the host of this important event."
Next year, the AHO plans to hold the first conference for Holocaust
museum curators, and a forum for Holocaust librarians will be held the
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the
Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims
and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust
and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred,
prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is
located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit our Web site at www.hmh.org.