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Paralleled Histories: The Holocaust, Jim Crow and Japanese-American Internment
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

How do the histories of the Holocaust, the Jim Crow era and Japanese-American internment intersect? During this one-day workshop on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, teachers can learn how fear, enmity, prejudice and apathy worked together to harm civil societies in Nazi Germany and the United States.

This program will meet the TEKS requirements for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers in grades 3-12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may also wish to consider attending. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 teachers and must take place by Jan. 17, 2014. To RSVP, visit


Many teachers have used Holocaust Museum Houston’s paper-based curriculum trunks over the past decade. Now that the Museum has shifted toward technology-based trunks, the paper-based versions will be offered to schools for purchase.

A select number of paper-based trunks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. These trunks have travelled among schools for years, and materials are in used condition. The trunks will not include the audio-visual materials (films, CDs, etc.). The administrative fee for the trunks is $1,000, plus one-way shipping costs to the school. Shipping will begin the week of Feb. 17, 2014.

To request information on one of the paper-based trunks, e-mail by Jan. 15 with the following information:
  • School name;
  • Shipping address (a quote on shipping costs will be provided for you);
  • Type of trunk you wish (elementary, middle school, high school social studies, high school language arts, high school AP language arts);
  • Whether the school is a Title I school; and
  • How you would pay for the trunk (a credit card is preferred over purchase orders).

Please note that a your request will not be acknowledged until the week of Feb. 3.


Holocaust Museum Houston’s Yom HaShoah Scholarship contest is now underway and open to students living in the Region 4 Texas Education Service Center area. This year's contest focuses on the theme of Jewish resistance and acts of bravery during the Holocaust. Applications are due by Jan. 13, 2014. More information, including the nomination form, can be found at

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission also has a video contest for students in middle school and high school. The theme this year is “I was a bystander.” Information on theat program can be found at

The Society for the Performing Arts Houston has a visual art contest for K-12 students living in the greater Houston area. The focus is on the “power of the positive,” and information on the contest can be found at



Amnesty International had taken the 30 rights expressed in this document and had them illustrated by an internationally known artist or illustrator.

This book is a testament to freedom and the human spirit, it is a thoughtful gift for children and adults alike.


For many children during the Holocaust, the ability to experience freedom in nature was taken away. Annelies "Anne" Marie Frank, one of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust, was only one such child who experienced her childhood trapped indoors hiding to avoid Nazi persecution. In one entry of her diary she wrote, "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and G-d. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that G-d wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature."

Each month of our 2014 Butterfly Project calendar is a reminder that beauty and love can grow in any garden, even one that has suffered unimaginable neglect.

At only $15, which includes sales tax, these breath-taking calendars make great holiday gifts. Order now online at under the "Store" tab or purchase your copies in the Museum Store and save shipping charges. 


What rights does each of us hold, no matter where we live, simply for being human beings?

It can be a controversial conversation when one considers the rights that are universal. When does cultural bias play a role? How can one address gender issues? As a result of the experiences of World War II, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in December 1948. 

We encourage educators to review these rights and consider their significance today while planning lessons during the weeks ahead.

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 digital curriculum trunk, request a docent-led tour or register for public programs offered at the Museum. 

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. It's easy for a class or group planning a tour to help out. Click the icon above to learn more.

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