Amos Flier

   Fall 2011 - 5772  

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to send you the Holocaust Education Newsletter for Fall 2011, highlighting extensive opportunities for professional development as well as personal enrichment.

Of note -- the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia is sponsoring its first community
program on November 6, designed for both classroom and community educators as well as the public at large.  


A rich calendar of plays, music, films and public programming can enhance and challenge our understanding of Holocaust history and 
strengthen classroom lessons.

Josey G. Fisher
Holocaust Education Consultant 





Resistance & Resilence: The Holocaust & Beyond

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 3:00 to 6:30 PM


Gratz College

7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA


Sponsored by the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia


Features Holocaust survivor and social activist Judy Meisel and the award-winning documentary about her life, Tak for Alt. Break-out sessions on related themes will follow. Resource tables and Holocaust Book Fair open at 2:30 PM. ACT 48 available.    


Further details and link to registration and brochure 


Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:00 PM


Gratz College

7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA


Original 1948 U.S. government film about the first Nuremberg trial, written and directed by Stuart Schulberg for the U.S. Department of War and newly restored by his daughter, filmmaker Sandra Schulberg, who will introduce the film and speak afterward about the International Criminal Court. Available for CLE credits for attorneys and ACT 48 for PA teachers.  





Our Class

October 12-November 13, 2011

Wilma Theater

265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia


Based on Jan Gross' book Neighbors describing the 1941 massacre of 1600 Jews in the small Polish town of Jedwabne. Tadeusz Slobodzianek's play, which premiered in London's National Theatre, confronts the lives of Catholic and Jewish classmates from 1925 through the ongoing controversy over communal guilt.  


Additional public events connected with the play and its historical context. 



The Diary of Anne Frank

Ego Po Classic Theater's Festival of Jewish Theater

Prince Music Theater Cabaret

1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

October 19-November 6, 2011


New adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning drama.

Student group discounts.  


Further information or contact Ross Beschler, 646-932-1492.   



Jascha Nemtsov, Pianist

Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim

410 Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood, PA

Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:30 AM


Nemtsov, internationally-known Russian pianist, will focus on the "New Jewish School" of modern music and works of Jewish composers persecuted by the Nazis.


For more information and reservations, contact Naomi Grobman.  




A Place and a Name: Remembering the Holocaust

Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall

1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

November 13, 2011, 3:00 PM


Dolce Suono Ensemble season-opening concert commemorates the Holocaust with music of composers from Terezin, those who fled Germany as children, and those who wrote later reflections. Features Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran's O the Chimneys, based on the poetry of Nelly Sachs.


Reservations and further informationor call 267-252-1803.



2011 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 


Complete schedule and details 



Prisoner of Her Past

Monday, November 7, 7:00 PM

WHYY Hamilton Public Media Commons

150 N. 6th Street,

Award-winning journalist Howard Reich researches his mother's wartime history throughout Eastern Europe, drawing parallels to his mother's post-war response and those of PTSD victims of Hurricane Katrina. 1 hour; English, Ukranian and Polish with English subtitles.



Remembrance (Die verlorene Zeit)

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 PM

National Museum of American  

Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia


Feature film based on actual experience of two young people who fall in love in 1944 Poland and reunite after 32 years. English, German, and Polish with English subtitles.



Berlin '36

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 PM

Gershman Y

Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia


Audience-award winning feature film based on the true story of young Jewish woman Gretel Bergmann, top female high jumper in Germany, and her struggle to participate in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. German with English subtitles.



The Round-Up (La Rafle)


Saturday, November 19, 8:00 PM

Gershman Y

Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia


Award-winning feature film of the July 1942 Paris roundup and deportation of over 13,000 Jews, including 4,000 children, by French police in Nazi-occupied France, narrated through the experiences of three children. Based on extensive research and interviews. French, German and Yiddish with English subtitles. 

Downloadable study guide 


New Supplementary Resources


Sarah's Key, in area movie theaters, based on the historical novel of the same name by Tatiana de Rosnay  

(St. Martin's Press, 2007).   


Both book and films for mature audience. English and French, with English subtitles.


"Saving Children During the Holocaust in France"  


Teaching the Legacy, Yad Vashem e-Newsletter 


Historical background of the Jews of France, survivor testimony, Righteous among the Nations.




Coming of Age in the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now

(publication of Museum of Jewish Heritage; now available online.)


Interactive curriculum for middle-school students working as a group, paired classes, or students with their families is recommended as a supplement to Holocaust study. Thirteen accounts of young teens individualize Holocaust experience with video testimony and transcribed excerpts, related documents, artifacts, and timelines provide basis for online peer discussion and research projects.



Life Unworthy of Life: A Holocaust Curriculum

(originally published in 1987; adapted for online use in 2010; now available online.)  


Extensively researched curriculum, one of the first to use survivor testimony, is now available in extended online format, including historical photos and footage as well as voices of survivors' testimony. Eighteen lessons are supplemented with lecture notes, readings, methodology, chronology, glossary and references.  


PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for  

Holocaust Educators is now available online.


Click "Prism" on each issue's cover image to download. To request a complimentary print copy, send name and mailing address to prism@yu.eduPrism is published through the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University.



Menemsha Films offers Holocaust-related films for purchase as well as study guides for download, including  

As Seen Through These Eyes, Belzec, Inside Hana's Suitcase, La Rafle and The Rape of Europa.   

More information 


PBS provides documentaries for purchase as well as study guides for download, including:  


Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers


Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands, based on book by Robert Satloff, is available for purchase and to view online, together with lesson plan and educational resources.  


Supplementary materials to classic documentary America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference include film transcript, extended interviews, and primary sources. 



The Last Survivor, award-winning documentary tracing the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities - the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo - and their efforts to educate and stimulate social action.  

Now available online for free through Snag Films or through The Last Survivor website.






wish Community Relations Council
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Save the Dates
for JCRC
Spring Programming


Youth Symposium for Grades 9-12  


March 2012

Specific dates and locations to be announced



Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition for

Grades 7-12



March 23, 2012


Submit all entries to:  

Jewish Community  

Relations Council

2100 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103  



For general questions, contact

Beth Razin, 215-832-0536.


For Holocaust  

Education consultation,  


Josey G. Fisher,  215-832-0862.


Further information and links to resource materials  



Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration


Sunday, April 22, 2012,

1:00 PM  

16th Street and  

the Parkway


"Dorothy Freedman Memorial Coversation 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 or  

JCRC Holocaust Programming Page. 


The International Conference on the  

Life and Work of  

Israeli Author  

Aharon Appelfeld


University of Pennsylvania


October 26-27, 2011


International scholars discuss the works and cultural impact of world-renowned  

Israeli author and  

child survivor  

Aharon Appelfeld.


Complete schedule and registration 


"Jewish Poland, Then and Now"


  A Gratz College Trip with   


Michael Steinlauf

July 1-12, 2012



Itinerary includes:


Warsaw, Krakow (including Jewish Culture Festival), Auschwitz, Majdanek and small towns in the Lublin region.


Meetings are planned with scholars, educators, and museum specialists.  



Details to be announced.  


For further information, contact

Mindy Blechman.    





Yad Vashem  


"With me are  

six million accusers"

(Gideon Hausner):    

Marking the 50th Anniversary of  

the Eichmann Trial -  

Online Exhibition 


Extensive historical overview, documents, resources, link to YouTube channel with over 200 hours of trial sessions and testimonies.




"Understanding Justice:  

Fifty Years Since the Eichmann Trial"


Supplementary articles to online exhibition and suggestions for classroom use, available online. 



Yad Vashem Magazine  

Current and archived issues available online.  





U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM):


Remember Me?


Photographs of 1100 displaced  child survivors, taken by social and governmental agencies after the war, are posted on this website, encouraging those with information about these individuals to identify and update what is known about each child. Growing number of posted updates expand access to individual experiences of child survivors.   





More information 



 World Memory Project in conjunction with


Opportunity to help the USHMM "key in" data from millions of documents scanned from the International Tracing Service records. Project will enable researchers to find primary source documents connected to family members or wartime experience. Educational project under development.    


More information    

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