Amos Flier

Fall 2009
Dear Holocaust Educators,

We are pleased to send you the first Email version of our Holocaust Education Newsletter. 

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Josey G. Fisher, Holocaust Education Consultant
NOVEMBER 9 - 10, 1938

Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive:
Jewish Life in Pre-War Germany: Readings for the Anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht: The November 1938 Pogroms
Extensive resources for yearly lessons and commemoration, including audio and video testimony, photographs, documents and link to USHMM online exhibition.
Yad Vashem:
It Came Amos FlierFrom Within . . . 70 Years Since Kristallnacht
Substantive resources for annual programs, including photos; video testimony; Pages of Testimony   with biographical data of some who perished that night; and details of November Pogrom in Baden-Baden.

No. 4 Street of Our Lady - Film highlighting the little-known story of Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish-Catholic woman who risked her life to save 15 Jews during the Holocaust. 
Temple Beth Hillel - Beth El, Wynnewood:
Sunday, November 8, 2009, 10:00 AM
Further information.

g the Whistle on Genocide -
Author Dr. Rafael Madoff, Director of the
David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, discusses Josiah E. DuBois of The Treasury Department and his struggle against the State Department's inaction during the Holocaust. Further information.
Sunday, November 8, 2009  2:30 PM
Katz JCC, Cherry Hill, NJ

Personal Experiences of the Holocaust -
Presentation by survivor Felix Zandman, preceded by informal opportunity to speak with survivors and concentration camp liberators, and concluding with memorial service and candle lighting ceremony. For information, call 610-934-1919.
Temple Adath Israel, Merion Station:
Sunday, November 8, 2009  7:00 PM

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival:

The Wave- New German film re-examining 1967 American class project, where unconventional teacher's simulation of dictatorship is met by "wave" of conformity and fanaticism.
Sunday, November 8, 7:00 PM
Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Nuremberg: The Nazis Face Their Crimes- Re-examination of historical trial using original footage; narrated by Christopher Plummer. French with English subtitles.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009  7:00 PM
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
(USHMM Traveling Exhibit)

Through December 4, 2009
Monday - Friday, 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, 2:30 - 6:30 PM

At William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

Click here to arrange docent-led group tours.

Film Screenings:

--- We Were Marked with the Big Letter "A"
Sunday, November 8
, 2009  3:00 PM
--- Love Story: Berlin 1942
Friday, December 4, 2009  7:00 PM

The exhibit is supplemented by an interactive kiosk featuring stories of lesbian and gay Holocaust survivors and rare ephemera from Nazi Germany.
  Action Alert

  --- Beyond Swastika and
Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges

Through January 4, 2010

German Jewish professors, scientists and scholars who found refuge pre-war in the U.S. and their impact on African-American students facing racism and segregation. Further information.

--- Keeping History Center
Opening November 5, 2009

New interactive, digital visitor experience. Phase 1 of the center features Voices of Liberty, soundscape of diverse voices responding to arriving in America for the first time, including Holocaust survivors, Soviet rufuseniks, and others.
At The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

Action Alert
Continuing exhibit, supplemented by online exhibition and companion volume by Steven Luckert and Susan Bachrach, available through Museum Shop.

At The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
"The Global Impact of the Holocaust:
70 Years Later"

Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA
November 14-15, 2009
Further information

"Studying the Holocaust through Literature"
Echoes and Reflections Full-Day Workshop
National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
November 23, 2009
Further information (Post-convention workshop can be attended separately.)
"The Anne Frank Project Showcase"
Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 10:30 AM
Klein JCC Polonsky Theater, Amos Flier
10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia

Model presentation of the Anne Frank Theater Project, previously sponsored by Jewish Family and Children's Service and now presented by the Holocaust Awareness Museum.  Tickets available in advance at the Museum or online.

For additional information about other Museum services, contact program director Robin Falkow.
"You are the Messengers to a
Time I Will N
ot See:
onversation with
Gerda Weissmann Klei
Videoconference presented by
The Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation in partnership with Internet2/MAGPI

December 10, 2009,  1:00 - 2:00 PM

Registration and further information.
Links to interviews, presentations by Gerda Klein.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute

--- "Living Histories: Seven Voices from the Holocaust"
Seven downloadable 30-minute testimonies from a broad range of first-person experiences are supplemented by interdisciplinary classroom lessons, glossaries, and biographies. Includes links to historical background, maps, photographs and poetry. For grade 9+

---"Witnesses for Change: Stories of Liberation"
Seven Holocaust survivors and liberators share perspectives and recollections in video clips, approximately two minutes each. Links to supplementary sites.

USHMM - New Online Exhibition

"70 Years Later: Remembering the German Invasion of Poland"
Includes photos, documentary footage, testimonies, maps and links.

Wiener Library

See "Learning Materials" regarding childhood experience, case study of family business and post-war aid to survivors. Supplemental background and extensive chronology also available. New materials to be added as website develops.
Museum of Jewish Heritage - Teacher Guides:

---Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust
Designed for the Daring to Resist exhibition, the downloadable guide can be used independently to study the range of Jewish response and resistance during the Holocaust. Lesson plans include analysis of photographs, artifacts and documents, and case studies of Jewish rescue and resistance, and ethical wills.

---Sosúa: A Refuge for Jews in the Dominican Republic/Un Refugio de Judíos en la
República Dominicana

Designed for the Sosúa exhibition, the downloadable guide can be used independently to study the one country which opened its doors to Jewish refugees as a result of the July 1938 Evian conference. Lesson plans and worksheets are available in both English and Spanish.
---Coming of Age During the Holocaust,
Coming of Age Now
provides free resources for in-depth Holocaust study for students of bar and bat mitzvah age. The curriculum includes a Teacher's Guide, student workbooks presenting the stories of 13 young people who came of age during the Holocaust, and DVDs of testimony from these survivors, both in English and in Hebrew with English subtitles. Curriculum for sale through MJH website; sample video clips accessible at no cost through website.
Virtual Shtetl

Action Alert New website provides extensive information on 1000 years of Polish Jewish life through photographs, film, historical articles, and glossary.

The project is part of The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a multimedia narrative museum and cultural center due to open in 2012 on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto.
Further information.
Action Alert
Jewish Community Relations Council
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition

Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition for
Grades 7-12

Deadline:  Monday,
March 1, 2010

Submit all entries to:
Jewish Community Relations Council
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

For general questions, contact Beth Razin,


For Holocaust Education consultation,
Josey G. Fisher,

Further information and links to resource materials.

Save the Date!
40th Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches:
"Crisis & Credibility in the Jewish Christian World"
March 6 - 8, 2010
Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
Further information on website or by Email.

33rd Annual Youth Symposium on the Holocaust for
Grades 9-12

--February 23, 2010 Germantown Jewish Center
--March 9, 2010
West Chester University

--March 11, 2010
Saint Joseph's University

--March 16, 2010 Congregation     Keneseth Israel
Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration
Sunday, April 11, 2010,
1:00 PM

16th and the Parkway
"Dorothy Freedman Memorial Conversation with a Survivor"
program for middle and high school students will precede the ceremony.
For questions regarding all JCRC Holocaust programs and for requests from Speaker's Bureau, contact Beth Razin, 215-832-0536.

Further information.

Primary Sources Online 
For Studying the Holocaust

Calvin College German Propaganda Archive

Primary sources including posters, illustrations, children's book excerpts, speeches, cartoons, and photographs.
Action Alert

"Echoes and Reflections" Multimedia Curriculum (ADL, Yad Vashem, USC Shoah Foundation) Student/Teacher Resource Center
Click on each lesson for links to photos, documents, and artifacts.

Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
Documentary footage of partisan experience
Jewish Virtual Library - The Holocaust:
Primary source documents, speech excerpts and visuals.
Museum of Jewish Heritage - Collection of Artifacts  
Museum of Tolerance- Multimedia Learning Center
Primary source documents, memoirs and photographs.
The Nizkor Project
Nuremberg Trial records; Eichmann Trial records; extensive archive of documents and interviews regarding camps and perpetrators; Holocaust denial.

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Documents, movies, music, galleries of art and photos.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Holocaust Personal Histories

---Music of the Holocaust

---Photo and Artifact Archives

--Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive

  ---Learning Site for Students (Scroll down to "Browse all..." for primary source examples.)

USC Shoah Foundation Institute - Testimony Clip Viewer
Video testimony excerpts organized according to topics (pre-war, hiding, ghettos, camps, liberation, post-war) with brief bio of interviewee
Voices of the Holocaust
British Library
Audio testimony excerpts organized by theme and transcribed. Click link for additional audio interviews. Teacher's guide and supplementary resources.
Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
University of Michigan
Oral testimonies in audio form with complete transcript, subdivided by thematic chapter headings
Yad Vashem:
---Holocaust Resource Center
Photographs, art, documents, maps, artifacts, diaries and letters, and testimonies
---Photo Archive

New Publication
Amos Flier

An Interdisciplinary Journal f
Holocaust Educators

Sponsored by Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Administration of Yeshiva University, edited by Karen Shawn, Ph.D and Jeffrey Glanz, Ed.D.

Bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal for high school, college and graduate school educators and their students.

Each issue focuses on specific theme examined through multiple disciplines. 

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