YOM HASHOAH CONTEST GUIDELINES
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
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 (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 email@example.com.
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,