The Stefi Altman Seminar for Educators: Holocaust Studies 101”
Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wisenberg Multipurpose Learning Center
Want to brush up on your understanding of Holocaust history? Or, is this the first time you are implementing a Holocaust-based unit of study in your classroom? Join Holocaust Museum Houston’s Education Department on Friday, March 1 for a one-day “Holocaust Studies 101” workshop. Seating for this program is limited to 30 teachers (first-come, first-served), and registration must be completed by Friday, Feb. 22. This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for 5.5 hours in creativity and instructional strategies. The cost for the one-day session – including materials – is only $5. Lunch is not included. To register for the workshop, please visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. For more information, e-mail education@hmh.org.
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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. Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers 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.


The Education Department is piloting a digitally-based curriculum trunk program this year. Throughout our first placements, we’ve learned that technology differs from school to school and need more information to help develop this program. Please take this short survey – it’s only eight questions – to help us understand these issues on a national scope.

A drawing will be held on March 11, 2013, to select three people who complete the survey. These three people will receive a copy of the newly reprinted book “The Album: Shadows of Memory,” a collection of writings by Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust. The drawing is open only to residents of the United States.


“America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference”

The PBS Series “American Experience” included an episode regarding the Holocaust: “America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference.” This episode examines the complex social and political factors shaped America's response to the Holocaust, from Kristallnacht in 1938 through the liberation of the death camps in 1945. The Web site includes maps, a timeline and translated primary source documents useful in teaching about the Holocaust. As the film is based on the family of Kurt Klein, many may wish to connect this film to units of study that incorporate “All But My Life,” by Gerda Weissmnan Klein.


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 planning a tour to help out.

Photograph of Irving Reifer, 1945

I am a photograph of Polish survivor Irving Reifer, taken in April or May 1945 in Germany in his prison uniform and hat. I serve to remind that “we must never forget” the Holocaust.

Reifer miraculously survived nine concentration camps and a death march. This photo was taken shortly after his liberation. The Reifer collection focuses on his time in the Displaced Persons camps while awaiting emigration to the United States. Photographs, if cared for properly, can last for generations.



It’s February, and the Education Department is in full swing with two pilot programs – one for the iPad-based digital curriculum trunks and another for the All Behaviors Count social cruelty program in special populations. We hope this is a time that you are experimenting with fresh ideas and trying new strategies. As always, please let us know if we can help you in planning Holocaust or genocide related lessons.

-- 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. 

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