Amos Flier

   Spring - Summer 2011 - 5771 

Dear Holocaust Educators,


We want to introduce you to the Consortium of Holocaust Educators, a newly formed group representing Holocaust-related programs in the Greater Philadelphia area. Connect to the Consortium's website to see details of each program and watch for an active calendar of events sponsored throughout the community.


Josey G. Fisher, Editor
Holocaust Education Consultant 


International Opera Theater


Brundibar and the Children of Theresienstadt

Ibrahim Theater,
International House

3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

School performances with educator's resource guide available - February 28, March 2, March 4 - 10:00 AM

Public performances - February 26 and March 6 - 3:00 PM  


For further information, contact or

Philadelphia Film Festival


Killing Kasztner


The Gershman Y   

401 South Broad Street Philadelphia

Sunday, March 27, 5:00 PM

Performance followed by Skype Q &A with director, Gaylen Ross.


Documentary detailing controversy over Rezsö Kasztner, Hungarian Jew who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to save 1700 Jews during the Holocaust. Newly uncovered trial documents and eyewitness interviews shed light on the libel trial in Israel which condemned him as "the man who sold his soul to the Devil."


Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors


Island on Bird Street


Gratz College

Sunday, April 3, 2:00 PM


Film version of Uri Orlev's classic tale of a boy alone in the destroyed Warsaw Ghetto. Followed by a Q&A session with a Holocaust survivor.  Grade 7 to adult.



PBS Television Premier


A Film Unfinished


Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 PM 


Classic Nazi propaganda film, shot in the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942, is supplemented by recently discovered footage, delineating scenes elaborately staged for propaganda purposes.  For advanced viewers.



Sunday, May 15 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/West River Drive, Philadelphia   


Further information and registration



United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  

2011 Theme - Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?  


Further information


Click here for details regarding theme and free CD/DVD Days of Remembrance planning.


Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies 



Educational Environment for Teachers 


Further information 


Click here for additional materials, guidelines for commemoration and links to age-appropriate, multi-disciplinary lesson plans.

Click here to register for regular updates on new educational resources and to subscribe to Teaching the Legacy, Yad Vashem's e-newsletter. See most recent issue and scroll down on left to register.



Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme

Women and the Holocaust: Courage and Compassion


More information  


Online study guide and video testimonies detail the impact of the Holocaust on six women's lives, their adaptation and resistance. Created in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. Grade 9+


Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer. NY: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010.
Nazi occupation of France through the eyes of a young Jewish boy attempting to flee to safety with his family. Story inspired by experience of author's father. Grades 6-8.


Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland Desaix, NY: Holiday House, 2006.
First-person accounts of Jewish refugee children saved by the Protestant community of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in Nazi-occupied south-central France. Supplementary resource to film Weapons of the Spirit. Grades 6-10.

Is It Night or Day? By Fern Schumer Chapman. NY: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2010.

A young girl's flight to U.S. in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, inspired by the story of the author's mother. Highlights immigration experiences of separation, prejudice, and adaptation. Grades 6-10.



Gratz College Summer Institute



Children of the Nazi Era 

Instructor, Josey G. Fisher 

July 10-15, 2011 


The Holocaust and Genocide in Film   

Instructor, Dr. Michael Steinlauf 

July 17 - 22, 2011 


Intensive 3-credit graduate courses which may be applied toward Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Tuition discount for full-time teachers.

For more information and details of online courses in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, contact Mindy Blechman, 215-635-7300 x 154.

USHMM - Washington, D.C.


2011 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer  

National Conference for Educators


English/Language Arts: July 10-12, 2011

Social Studies: July 13-15, 2011


Annual conference for teachers of grades 7-12 and community college faculty with less than five years of experience


Deadline for application June 17, 2011

Further information  


Holocaust and Jewish Resistance  

Teachers' Program  

Washington, D.C., Poland, Germany, and Israel


July 3-24, 2011


Summer study program for secondary school teachers who implement Holocaust studies in their classroom. Features study at the USHMM and Yad Vashem as well as sites of death camps, Warsaw Ghetto, and  Jüdisches Museum Berlin.  


Due March 25, 2011 - rolling admission

Further information and application 


Yad Vashem - Jerusalem


Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism:  

Summer International Seminar


July 10-28, 2011


Further information

Click here for application.



An Expressive Writing Workship for Anyone Whose Parent(s) Survived the Holocaust

Co-sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of Holocaust Survivors and the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center


March 6, 1:00-3:30 

Congregation Rodeph Shalom

615 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia


Further information and registration

  Gerda Weissmann Klein  


Presidential Medal of Freedom  

Gerda Weissmann Klein - survivor, author, civil rights activist - has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.  

Click here for further information and new resources from the Klein Foundation.  


wish Community Relations Council
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Youth Symposium on the Holocaust for Grades 9-12

If you missed the

February 14 extended deadline but would still like to bring students,


Beth Razin, 


Tuesday, March 8 

St. Joseph's University


Thursday, March 10

West Chester University


Tuesday, March 15  Germantown  

Jewish Centre


Thursday, March 24  Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel




Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition for

Grades 7-12



Tuesday, March 1 

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

Further information and links to resource materials

For Holocaust Education consultation, contact  

Josey G. Fisher, 215-832-0862.



Yom HaShoah

 Holocaust Remembrance Day 

27 Nissan ~ May 1


2011 National Days of Remembrance

May 1 - 8 





 Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 


Sunday, May 1

1:00 PM

16th and the Parkway




"Dorothy Freedman Memorial Conversation

 with a Survivor"


Breakfast program for middle and high  

school students preceding  the  

Memorial Ceremony   


10 AM-12:30 PM


Moore College of  

Art and Design   

20th Street and  

the Parkway




For questions regarding all JCRC Holocaust programs and for requests for speakers, contact  

Beth Razin, 215-832-0536

 or visit our JCRC Holocaust Programs web page.  

Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

Online Resources    




Oral histories, films, photos, documents as well as lesson plans for using primary sources.



Yad Vashem  


Online Exhibitions:


"A Jewish Community in the Carpathian Mountains - The Story of Munkács"

Click to view.  




"Monastir: The Story of a Sephardic Community in Macedonia"

Click to view. 


"19 km from Auschwitz: The Story of Trzebinia"  

Click to view.



"On One Clear Day:  

The Story of Jewish Wolbrom"

Click to view.



"The Story of the Jewish Community  

in Mir"

Click to view. 



Lesson Plan:


To Remember Their Faces: Teacher's Guide Using Prewar Holocaust Photographs 

Grades 6+

Click here.    




YIVO Institute for   

Jewish Research


"People of a Thousand Towns": The Online Catalog of Photographs of Jewish Life in Prewar Eastern Europe  

Click to view.   


"When These Streets Heard Yiddish"

History and culture of Eastern European Jews, including guidelines for thematic web tours.

Click to view.

Click here for downloadable curriculum.

YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

Click to view.

Extensive collection of articles, primary sources, and maps covering history and culture of Eastern European Jews from settlement in the region to the present.

Scroll to the lower right area of the page.

Compiled and edited by Josey G. Fisher, Holocaust Education Consultant.

Designed by
Bonni Kraus.

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