“Genocide Studies 101” featuring Yannick Tona
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9 a.m. to  4 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

How did “Never Again” turn into “Ever Again”? As part of Genocide Awareness Month activities, Holocaust Museum Houston will provide this one-day workshop examining the development of the controversial definition of genocide and providing backgrounds to genocides that have occurred since the Holocaust, including Rwanda and Darfur.

Rwandan genocide survivor Yannick Tona will make a private presentation on his story and the need for youth engagement. In his talk, “A Survivor’s Journey to inspire,” Tona will share the story of his family’s struggle to survive the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the lessons he learned from seeing prejudice at its most extreme and his subsequent determination to make the world a better place.

Using primary source materials and film segments, participants will be prepared to make pedagogical choices as they implement studies related to genocide. This program will meet the TEKS requirements for social studies (particularly world history) and English/language arts teachers in grades three through 12. Art and music educators who wish to incorporate these histories in their studies may wish to attend. This 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 people, and must be received by April 4, 2014.  To register online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.


For the 2013-2014 academic year, the new digitally based iPad2 / iPad mini trunks are the only curriculum trunks available through Holocaust Museum Houston. The traditional physical trunks are no longer available.

The Museum has secured a $5,000 fund to be used as a scholarship opportunity for any school wishing to use a digital trunk in the 2013-2014 academic year. This fund will underwrite the $100 fee, and funds will be available without any restriction or application to any school eligible for the trunk program, until funds are depleted. There are limited dates left available for the digital trunks for this school year, so reservations should be made soon. For more information and to request a trunk, visit

With the move to institute digital trunks, schools will have the opportunity to purchase the older paper-based trunks.
A select number of paper-based trunks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. These trunks have travelled for years, and materials are in used condition. These trunks will not contain the audio-visual materials (films, CDs). The administrative fee for the trunks is $1,000, plus one-way shipping costs to the school, which average $200 to $300.

To request information on one of the paper-based trunks, e-mail trunks@hmh.org  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).


Bring your class to see Holocaust Museum Houston’s newest exhibition “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage,” on view through Aug. 31, 2014. Students will encounter images and stories of people who engaged in rescue activities during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage” is based on the work of Leora Kahn, who researched and interviewed rescuers from the Holocaust and other genocides. Each person’s image and testimony that visitors encounter in this exceptional photographic exhibition reflect “ordinary” citizens, who, by choosing to rescue the “other,” became heroes in a time when their country’s people were committing and/or experiencing acts of genocide.


Emily Sample has joined the Museum as assistant director of education. Previously, she interned at HMH in the education department. She has recently completed a Joint European Master’s in Human Rights and Genocide Studies from Kingston University London, Universita degli Studi di Siena and Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, where her thesis is a study of women as peace builders in post-conflict northern Uganda.

Sample recently returned from working in Kampala, Uganda as the Civil Society Intern of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region for the Ugandan National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. She earned her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in history and Russian, where she wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on Holocaust memory in Eastern Europe. Her research passions include Holocaust and genocide education, 20th-century genocides and women’s human rights.


Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
This online archive hosts the largest collection of Holocaust and World War II films with 1,018 hours of footage, much of which is available to stream online. The collection can be searched by subject, title, source, copyright, keyword, language, location, event date and genre. This archive includes survivor and liberator testimonials, footage of the Nuremburg Trials, film secretly taken during the war by the resistance and the Nazi propaganda film released about the “model ghetto” Theresienstadt, as well as several other major topics. This is an excellent resource to bring into the classroom when discussing first-person stories or highlighting primary sources.



“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This March, Holocaust Museum Houston opens a new exhibition: “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage,” featuring rescuers during four 20th-century genocides: the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. By examining the lessons learned from genocide not only about humanity’s darkest moments, but about also the shining examples of conscience demonstrated by those who helped others, students can better understand and hopefully prevent future atrocities. We urge educators to use this opportunity to teach how it is possible for morality, conscientious actions and heroism to survive during even the most trying times.

In his quote, King. points to our communal memory being shaped by not only our failures, but also our supreme triumphs. Just as we must remember the brutal acts of perpetrators, lest we repeat humanity’s mistakes, we must also strive to model ourselves after those who stood up to be "The Rescuers."

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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