2009, No. 4

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

May 2009


Lane H. Montgomery’s haunting and beautiful book “Never again, Again, Again… Genocide: Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Darfur” is as educational as it is unnerving. Montgomery asserts that it’s not that the average reader doesn’t know about genocide; most simply are unaware of the scope of genocide over the last century. More than 70 million people have been systematically murdered in the past 100 years. Most of the perpetrators responsible for these horrific killings have never been, and never will be, brought to justice. 

Montgomery is on the advisory board of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and is a member of the Center of the National Cathedral for Peace and Global Reconciliation in Washington, D.C. As an author and photographer, she has traveled worldwide to such places as Liberia, Rwanda, Haiti, Kosovo, Bosnia, Ethiopia and the Congo.

She will discuss her work in this free public lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at the Museum. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online.


Throughout his career as a scholar and author, Lawrence L. Langer, professor of English emeritus at Simmons College in Boston, has consistently urged his audiences and readers to consider the difficulties of confronting the history, memory, literature and art of the Holocaust. In his numerous publications, he often refers to Auschwitz survivor Charlotte Delbo’s idea of “deep memory,” which gives her access to the most painful details of her camp experience. 

Langer argues that any monument to the Holocaust worthy of its name must include among its many paths one leading to a destination called “atrocity.”  Efforts to minimize or circumvent the catastrophe through what he calls “evasive memory” run the risk of deflecting future generations from the true scope and gravity of the event. The revelations of “deep memory” provide a necessary balance to such temptations.

This free public lecture, set for 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Museum, will include a discussion of recent discoveries in Ukraine and Belarus that add a profound new dimension to our understanding of “deep memory” and its persisting challenge to the human imagination. Langer will invite guests to consider how the concept of “deep memory” necessarily complicates the work of Holocaust memorials and education centers. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.


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. 

The institute, conducted at Holocaust Museum Houston July 7 through July 10, 2009, 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 classroom, teachers will grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust, while also considering how to include other genocides.

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.


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.


Theatre New West, in conjunction with Holocaust Museum Houston, presents “The Timekeepers” by Dan Clancy, an uplifting tale of transcendence in the midst of a world gone mad. This award-winning play has played in London, Israel, Ireland, Canada, Poland, Germany and New York and has garnered rave reviews. It is a beautiful, intense piece of theater that manages to combine humor and poignancy with remarkable skill.

Set at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in World War II Germany, a Jewish prisoner and a homosexual prisoner are thrown together in dire circumstances. Their wicked sense of humor, vast differences and passionate love for opera take them to rich, rarely explored territory.

Performances run through May 23, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and one Sunday performance on May 17 at 6 p.m. There is no performance May 2. Tickets are $20 each. All seating is first-come, first-served. For tickets or more information, call Theatre New West at 713-522-2204 or e-mail theatrenewwest@att.net.

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 Holocausthe Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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