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This year, more than 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience.

As part of a year-long program to combat bullying, Holocaust Museum Houston will screen the award-winning documentary "Bully" beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at the Museum's Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston's Museum District.
"Bully" shows how everyone has been affected by bullying, whether as victims, perpetrators or silent witnesses. Directed by Lee Hirsch and written by Cynthia Lowen, “Bully” has sparked a nationwide movement, “The Bully Project,” to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. Holocaust Museum Houston’s “All Behaviors Count” initiative is one such response to this call to action about the dangers of social cruelty, which includes taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying.
The Museum’s education staff and docents will lead activities related to the film prior to and after the film’s screening.
Tickets are $5 for HMH members and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit


Holocaust Museum Houston’s widely acclaimed curriculum trunk program has now gone digital.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, new digitally based iPad 2 and iPad mini trunks are the only curriculum trunks available (the traditional box trunks are no longer available). The digitally based trunks may be ordered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Museum has secured a $5,000 grant to be used as a scholarship opportunity for any school wishing to use a digital trunk in the 2013-2014 academic year. 

Each trunk contains either a class set of iPad 2s or iPad minis (30 total per set). Each digital device has an individual cover and is pre-loaded with an iBook written by the Museum’s education staff, “Exploring the Holocaust & Genocide,” which is an overview of the Holocaust and genocide history with connections to literature and art. There are also links to appropriate Web sites.

The Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Trunk Program is generously underwritten by the The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and the Sending Support Charitable Foundation.

For more information and to request a trunk, visit


In addition to Holocaust Museum Houston’s permanent exhibition, “Bearing Witness:  A Community Remembers,” the Museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions. This year, two exhibitions are especially appropriate for students in all grades.

To learn more about the current exhibition “Uprooted” and an upcoming exhibition based on the book “The Journey that Saved Curious George,” visit Details soon will be posted about an exhibition opening in March 2014 about rescuers during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda.

Field trips to Holocaust Museum Houston can be focused to visit only a temporary exhibition with a docent. To request to visit only a temporary exhibition (and not the entire Museum), completing the online registration form at and then e-mail with your special request to visit only a temporary exhibition. 


Stefi Altman Seminar for Educators:  "Using Literature Sources
in Holocaust and Genocide Education”
Tuesday, Nov. 19; 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

Do you use the same book or the same author each time you teach about the Holocaust? Do you want to learn how to expand the literary offerings in your teaching and invite rigorous learning via literature with your students? This one-day workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for five hours in creativity and instructional strategies. 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 Nov. 8, 2013. To learn more and to register online, visit 

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


On Nov. 7, 2013, Holocaust Museum Houston will open the exhibition based on this book.The book and exhibition help visitors practice visual literacy skills as they consider the harrowing escape Margret and H.A. Rey made as the Nazis invaded France.

Saved twice, the illustrations they had for the book would later introduce the world to "Curious George." The Reys eventually were able to board a ship to Brazil and later immigrate to the United States.



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. 


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the rescue of Danish Jews to Sweden. At the end of September 1943, the German plan to arrest and deport Danish Jews was leaked to Danish authorities, who warned the Jewish population in Denmark and urged the Jews to go into hiding. In response, the Danish underground and general population spontaneously organized a nationwide effort to smuggle Jews to the coast, where Danish fisherman waited to ferry them to Sweden. In little more than three weeks, the Danes ferried more than 7,000 Jews and close to 700 of their non-Jewish relatives to Sweden.  To learn more about this effort, visit and search the site for "Rescue of the Jews of Denmark."
This extraordinary – and yet ordinary – act of helping neighbors is explored at Holocaust Museum Houston through the exhibition of a Danish rescue boat of the type used to ferry the Jewish people to safety. We encourage all educators to consider teaching this important lesson of the Holocaust to their students as they each consider the implications of the above quote by Margaret Mead.
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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Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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