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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 www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

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 www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


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 www.hmh.org/ed_cur_trunk.shtml.


Holocaust Museum Houston will partner with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (ERJCC) on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for a concert to mark the 75th commemoration of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” focusing on global headlines and first-person accounts of this tragic historical event.
The program will features the premiere of a new work by Houston Grand Opera Studio alum and composer David Hanlon, based on the story of his grandfather, who was one of the thousands of Jewish people rounded up on Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau.
This special concert will be performed with members of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Houston artists at the ERJCC, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., during the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair. To RSVP, call the ERJCC Box Office at 713-551-7255.


Through the eyes of an orange and white cat, readers of the book "Benno and the Night of Broken Glass" are introduced to the harrowing event known as Kristallnacht. Benno spends his days observing the friendly, predictable rituals in his neighborhood: girls walking together to school, shopkeepers selling their wares, a Jewish family eating Sabbath dinner and a Christian family eating Sunday lunch.

Then one night, he sees brown-shirted men breaking down doors, smashing shop windows and setting fire to books and buildings. Jewish families disappear, and even though the people that remain resume their normal activities, nothing is ever quite the same again. The straight-forward text describes events without sentimentality, as if Benno were simply reporting what he sees and hears.


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 www.hmh.org under the "Store" tab or purchase your copies in the Museum Store and save shipping charges. 


On the night of Nov. 9, 1938, a pogrom was enacted against the Jews under Nazi German control. These actions – the burning of synagogues, arrests of Jewish men, placements in concentration camps and destruction of Jewish businesses and homes – became known as Kristallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass", because of broken glass from store windows that covered the streets. According to scholar Martin Gilbert, “Kristallnacht was the prelude to the destruction of a whole people and an indication of what happens when a society falls victim to its baser instincts.”

The Nazi government claimed the acts were spontaneous eruptions by a German public enraged over the assassination of Ernst vom Rath, a German diplomat in Paris, by Herschel Grynszpan, a Jewish teenager whose parents, along with 17,000 other Polish Jews, had been expelled from the Reich recently.

Documents show, instead, that the actions were organized by Nazi political leaders who encouraged – and demanded at times – the public’s involvement. After the violence ended, the Nazi government declared the Jewish people were at fault and that any insurance claim payments would go to the government. They also imposed a fine of 1 billion Reichsmark (more than $400,000,000 in 1938 U.S. dollars) and created laws that required businesses to be “Aryanized,” meaning that only recognized German citizens could own businesses.

By the end of the pogrom, hundreds of synagogues had been burned or destroyed, more than 7,500 Jewish businesses were vandalized or looted, more than 30,000 Jewish men were taken to concentration camps and at least 91 Jewish people had been murdered. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside. In looking back at this time, Alfons Heck, who had been a member of the Hitler Youth, stated, “This was the end of German innocence. From this point on, no German could say they didn’t know what was happening to the Jewish people.”

To commemorate this event, a special concert will be held in Houston on Nov. 10. We encourage each of you to incorporate this watershed event into your teaching during the month of November.

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. 

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