HOUSTON, TX (July 8, 2005) – Thirty-five current
and future teachers from around the globe soon will have the
opportunity to learn how to teach their students about the Holocaust
and other more current examples of genocide from some of the world’s
leading experts on the issue.
This year’s group of teachers and graduate students for the Max
Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators will visit Holocaust Museum
Houston July 25-29, 2005 for a week of intensive training and
opportunities to hear the incredible stories of Houston area Holocaust
survivors and those who liberated them from the Nazi concentration
Participants for the institute were chosen based on an application
process with preference given to those with some previous Holocaust
education. This group includes teachers from the United States along
with two from Romania, two from Uruguay and one from Chile.
“This program provides a strong, scholarly, continuing education for
our core teacher group. They will benefit greatly from the lectures as
they not only will learn about the topic at hand but how to apply it
and use it in the classroom,” said Christina Vasquez, director of
education at the Museum. “The inclusion of Romanian and Latin American
educators also helps strengthen ties between the Museum and those areas
of the world. We are already in the process of creating a Latin
American conference in 2006 that will be taught entirely in Spanish.”
One of the important goals of this program is for teachers to link
the Holocaust with current examples of hate and genocide that exist in
the world today. To accomplish this, five speakers with extensive
knowledge were chosen to give lectures during the program.
Jerry Fowler, staff director of The Committee on Conscience at The
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will give the opening lecture
about the Holocaust and connect it to current forms of genocide
witnessed throughout the world.
Dr. Richard Hovannisian, professor of Armenian and near-Eastern
history at the University of California at Los Angeles, will lecture
about the legacy of the Armenian genocide and how the echoes of that
genocide continue to resonate in subsequent cases of crimes against
humanity in contemporary times.
Dr. William Shulman, president of the Association of Holocaust
Organizations, will give a report concerning the status of Holocaust
education throughout the world. He will explain why the need still
exists to further this education on a global level.
Mark Weitzman, associate director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in
New York and director of the Task Force Against Hate and Terrorism,
will speak about current issues in teaching the Holocaust.
Dr. Susan Zuccotti, former professor of the Holocaust and general
Western European history at Columbia and Barnard Colleges in New York,
will talk about the role of France and Italy in the Holocaust. She will
show how, despite intense deportation attempts by the Germans, 85
percent of Jews in Italy managed to survive the Holocaust.
Each speaker will hold a question and answer session after their
lecture. Following that, teachers will learn how to apply the knowledge
in the classroom. Teachers also will be given a thorough tour of the
Museum throughout the week to give them the tools to go beyond a
general Holocaust education.
The Max Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators was developed from
funding given generously by Max Kaplan and his family to train teachers
on strategies and approaches for bringing Holocaust education into the
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public
of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop
of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located
in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.