2009, No. 7

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

September 2009

YOM HASHOAH CONTEST GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED

The Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education has announced guidelines for its 2010 Yom HaShoah Statewide Art, Writing and Video Contest for students.

The theme for the 2010 year is “Upstanders in the Holocaust,” which references those who stood up for righteousness and fairness in the face of prejudice and hatred. There are categories for middle and high schools, with three prizes awarded in each category. For more information on the contest, visit www.hmh.org.

FREE LECTURE TO FOCUS ON LODZ GHETTO DOCUMENTALIST

Dr. Gideon Greif, a distinguished Israeli historian, author and renowned expert on the Holocaust with specialty on the extermination camps and Auschwitz, returns to Houston this September for a free public lecture highlighting the photographic work of Mendel Grossman.

Grossman (1913-1945) was born in Lodz into an Hasidic family and was already a famous photographer before World War II. Forced to live in the Lodz ghetto, Grossman used his privileges as a photographer for the ghetto administration to covertly take thousands of pictures documenting life in the ghetto. Being aware of the historical importance of the photographs, he found a hiding place for them in his apartment in the ghetto. Grossman did not survive the Holocaust and died on a death march just before the end of the war. Most of the negatives were saved and taken to Israel, but, unfortunately, a large number were lost during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Those photographs that were saved have been published in various books.

Greif will speak beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in the Museum's Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org.

MUSEUM OFFERS FREE SCREENING OF "SISTER ROSE'S PASSION" 

Nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for best documentary, the film “Sister Rose’s Passion” tells the inspirational story of a most unlikely activist who made the battle against antisemitism her life's work.

Holocaust Museum Houston will offer a free screening of this poignant film Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Museum's Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater.

The movie chronicles the life story of Sister Rose Thering, a gutsy Dominican nun who had the courage, the toughness and the passion to resist the status quo and push for what she believed was right. Sister Rose's work had a direct bearing on the historic Vatican II Council that reformed the Catholic Church's position on Jews and Judaism. Garland Debner Pohl, a participant in national Jewish-Catholic relations, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail events@hmh.org.

COEXISTENCE FORUMS TEACH LESSONS OF DIVERSITY

Cultivating Coexistence Student Forums at Holocaust Museum Houston are interactive, student-engaged programs that bring together students from different schools to learn about ways to create a more peaceful and coexistent learning and community environment.

On Oct. 14, 2009, the Coexistence Student Forum will focus on the intersection of three world religions: the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faiths. The session is free, and lunch is provided for participating students and faculty, with bus travel reimbursement of up to $150.

For more information or to register a school group, call 713-942-8000, ext. 118.

ON-SITE SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE

Holocaust Museum Houston's Education Department staff offers free on-site school presentations on several topics, including "An Overview of the Holocaust" and "Rescue During the Holocaust."

Both presentations take approximately 50 minutes and include interactive slideshows. To request a presentation, e-mail education@hmh.org.

WEB RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

The Florida Center for Instructional Technology Web site offers an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies and literature. Of special note is the “people” section, which links teachers and students alike to information relevant to the 2010 Yom HaShoah Art, Writing and Video Contest. To access the site, visit http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/default.htm.

 

TRUNK PROGRAM OFFERS DYNAMIC INSTRUCTION

Holocaust Museum Houston invites educators to participate in its dynamic curriculum trunk program, designed for K-16 instruction. 

Trunks are a compilation of multimedia tools including videos, posters, CD-ROMs, artifact kits, maps, classroom sets of books, lessons plans and student activities.

Six different curriculum trunks have been developed for Holocaust education: elementary, middle school, high school social studies, high school language arts, high school language arts advanced placement and a Spanish-language trunk. A genocide curriculum trunk also is available.

For more information or to request a trunk, visit www.hmh.org.


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