Holocaust Museum Houston’s Curriculum Trunk Program has reached its budgetary limit for the 2012-2013 school year. The Museum can no longer accept new trunk requests for the current academic year.

The program is currently being renovated for the 2013-2014 school year.

For planning purposes, new reservations for curriculum trunks will not be accepted until July 15, 2013. At that time, our trunk ordering Web site will re-launch.

The 2012-2013 program was generously underwritten by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Joan and Marvin Kaplan, the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the Eleanor & Frank Freed Foundation and the Trull Foundation.


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. This year’s program will focus on the interruption of Jewish life and traditions, children in war and conflict, new possibilities with Holocaust survivor testimonies, new questions and new understandings and issues of race and power in times of conflict.
Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers will 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 for information and instructions on how to apply. For more information, e-mail
In appreciation to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) for supporting this educator training program. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust, the Claims Conference enables organizations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.


Holocaust Museum Houston’s “All Behaviors Count” social cruelty program will soon be augmented to include information for parents. The Web-based modular program is currently designed predominantly for educators. To access the free curriculum, visit

As an educator, what do parents ask you about bullying? What resources do you wish you could provide for them that could be included in this program? Please e-mail your ideas or comments to

Congratulations to Gay Lee Pearce of River Oaks Baptist School, who won a copy of “The Album: Shadows of Memory” when selected at random for completing the February technology survey.


One of the methodological guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust asks teachers to consider how they present Jewish people during their units of study. Do you present Jewish people as living within a vibrant, social community? Or, by chance, do you only present them as victims? This site provides resources that permit educators with the opportunity to present Jewish people within the context of their long history.


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 or group planning a tour to help out.

Danish Rescue Boat, circa 1942
I am the helm of a Danish fishing boat like those used to save Jews in Denmark. My captain would have stood here to ferry six to eight people at a time across stormy, icy seas.

 While the railcar beside me tells the stories of incredible evil committed by ordinary people against their very own neighbors, I teach visitors about the heroic efforts of good people - like the captains of boats like me - who refused to be bystanders and did the right thing, even at the risk of their own lives.

The ordeal began in the first few days of October 1943 when the Germans began a nationwide action to round up all Danish Jews for deportation to the concentration camps. Six percent of Danish Jews were captured, but Denmark’s citizens revolted and helped 7,200 make it safely to Sweden along with 700 non-Jewish relatives. Will you help preserve my history?
Adopt Online


April is Genocide Awareness Month, and at Holocaust Museum Houston, we have been encouraging visitors to learn about genocide and, then, to act on that information. We invite you to do the same with your students. Visit the Museum’s Web site to learn more about genocide. You’ll find resources from one-page background sheets (under the Resources tab) to ideas of what we can do to Stop Genocide.Starting Here.

-- 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. 

The Museum is open 7 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.

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

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