2009, No. 5

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

June 2009


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 theme of the 2009 institute focuses on both the lesser-known aspects of the Holocaust and strategies and resources for learning about genocide. 

This summer, the institute - conducted at Holocaust Museum Houston July 7 through July 10, 2009 - will focus on lesser known aspects of the Holocaust to include the experience of the Roma, gender differences in understanding the Holocaust, the role of partisans and the Nazis' systematic looting of art treasures. Teachers will receive a DVD with educational materials and the film “Defiance.” Additionally, participants will experience strategies and resources for teaching about genocide.

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 attend.

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 for the 2009 Summer Institute for Educators must be received with payment by Monday, June 22, 2009. For more information, contact teachertraining@hmh.org or call 713-942-8000, ext. 123.

This educator training project has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation and the Max M. Kaplan Fund.


Facing History and Ourselves returns to Holocaust Museum Houston July 20-24 to conduct this special one-week seminar on "Race and Membership in American History." Although forgotten by most Americans today, during the early 20th century, the eugenics movement flourished in the United States. In the name of science and progress, eugenic proponents claimed that social problems, such as crime, poverty and violence, were caused by inferior racial traits passed on from one generation to another. This thinking influenced the passage of involuntary sterilization laws, immigration restriction legislation and state prohibitions on interracial marriages. The resource book “Race and Membership in American History” by Facing History and Ourselves chronicles this history. This four-day seminar is intended for secondary teachers, teachers of American history, teachers of interdisciplinary American Studies courses, and a range of social studies and English electives. This seminar will help teachers develop new insights into how notions of inclusion and exclusion have affected the thinking, behavior and policies of Americans since the founding of our nation. Questions about the program should be directed to Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at 212-868-6544, ext. 34 or by e-mail to tracy_garrison-feinberg@facing.org. For an application and cost information, visit http://www.facinghistory.org.


Holocaust Museum Houston will host two temporary exhibits this fall that address the intersection of three world religions: “A Blessing to One Another:  Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” and “Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust."

In conjunction with those exhibits, the Museum will conduct a teacher training that will focus on the intersection of religions and the power that can rest there. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum. The program is intended for teachers interested in learning more about world religions and where they intersect, but especially for sixth-grade and world history teachers.

During the day, participants will consider how Judaism, Christianity and Islam intersected during the Holocaust, tour the two exhibits, consider the impact and universal nature of The Golden Rule, and make connections between content learned during the day and the TEKS requirements respective to their classrooms.

Participants will need to provide their own lunch, but otherwise there is no cost to attend this program. To register, e-mail your name, school name, phone number and grade level or courses taught to education@hmh.org.

Educators are also invited to attend a public preview reception for "Besa" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009 and to a preview reception for "A Blessing to One Another" from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online.


This year is the 71st anniversary of the massive pogrom against the Jewish people in Germany and Austria that took place Nov. 9 and 10, 1938 – a night known as Kristallnacht or the Night of the Broken Glass.  This program, set for Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will explore the events of that night and focus on resources teachers may use in their classrooms as they teach about Kristallnacht.

After lunch, presentations will focus on modern films related to the Holocaust, including “I’m Still Here,” “Defiance,” and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” as well as the implications of using each in the classroom. The content learned in this session could be used not only to teach history but also to deepen and enrich a study of civics and literature. TEKS to be met include the English/language arts skills of media literacy and those for viewing, representing and analysis.  History standards related to the Holocaust also will be addressed.

This one-day event has a workshop fee of $15 per teacher.  Lunch is not provided. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online by Sept. 22, 2009. Online registrations are nonrefundable for any reason.



The “Legacies and Lessons” series continues July 9, 2009 at Holocaust Museum Houston. Join the Museum for a sneak preview of the upcoming fall exhibits. Marci Dallas, director of changing exhibits, will give members an overview of the Museum’s two new exhibits “Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust” and “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People.”

Carol Manley, museum registrar, will provide members the opportunity to see how Museums prepare for an exhibit. In addition, artist Sarah Wiernicki will discuss her artwork to appear in an upcoming Library exhibit.

The Museum will remain open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For questions about membership or First Thursdays, call Member Services at 713-527-1640 or e-mail membership@hmh.org.

The Museum is open seven days a week. General admission is free.
Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,
Noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

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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, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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