Amos Flier

   Winter - Spring 2012 - 5772  

 Dear Holocaust Educators,


As we approach the commemorative days of Yom HaShoah and the National Days of Remembrance, we encourage both you and your students to participate in exciting community programming. Please note that the deadline for the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition is later this year to encourage those students attending the Youth Symposium to participate!  


Also, be sure to scroll through the whole newsletter to see the many area activities coming up as well as the summer learning experiences available.  


Josey G. Fisher, Editor  

Holocaust Education Consultant  


Yom HaShoah - Thursday, April 19, 2012

Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Ceremony -  

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Days of Remembrance - April 15 - 22, 2012



Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Eichmann's End  

("Documentaries and Dialogues" Series)  


Monday, February 6, 2012, 7:00 PM 

Prince Music Theater   

1412 Chestnut St.  



Docudrama of Adolf Eichmann's 1960 capture in Argentina incorporates historical footage and rare testimony of candid interviews Eichmann gave in hiding. Director Raymond Ley will be special guest. Click here for tickets and additional information.

To Save a Life
(New Filmmakers Weekend)


Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8:30 PM

Prince Music Theater   

1412 Chestnut St. Philadelphia  


In a rare story of American rescue, this film documents the story of Philadelphians Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus who, as part of the Brith Sholom fraternal organization, rescued 50 Viennese Jewish children on the cusp of the war. Click here for further details about the film and its historical context.    


International Opera Theater


Brundibar and the Children of Theresienstadt


The Ibrahim Theater of   

International House

3701 Chestnut St. Philadelphia


Friday, February 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM    

school performance, discount available

Saturdays, February 4 and 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM general performance


Click here for tickets and additional information.  

Berks County Theresienstadt Project

Theresienstadt's Children and  Their Art 

February 18 - May 13, 2012  


Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Rd.

Reading, PA 


Powerful exhibit of over 30 pieces of children's artwork - collages, drawings, embroidery, dolls, diaries, magazines, games, marionettes - created in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto, 1941-45.


Last Flight of Petr Ginz

Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 PM

Fox East, Reading Mall  


Documentary film of the prolific writer, artist and editor of Vedem, an underground weekly magazine, who was deported from Terezin and perished in Auschwitz at age 16.


Misa's Fugue 

Opening Friday, April 20 

Film Theater at GoogleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading


Documentary recounting Frank (Misa) Grunwald's young journey from Prague to Terezin to Auschwitz and three other concentration camps. Original interviews are interwoven with creative visuals and music by the students and faculty of Fleetwood Area High School.


Click here for complete details of all programming.   






Winter Seminar
Washington, D.C.
February 19 - 20, 2012


This Vienna-based Jewish historical institute uses its interviews with Holocaust survivors still living in Central Europe, the Balkans, the Baltics and the former Soviet Union, to illustrate the pre-war period and Holocaust era as personal events in people's lives. Their teacher workshop explores Centropa's databases, films, teacher lessons and student website as well as recent resources. The program encourages educators of history, world literature and English to participate. Most costs are covered.

Annual Summer Academy will take place in Germany - Mannheim/Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Berlin - June 9 - 19, 2012.

Click here for more information on Centropa.
For seminar details and registration, contact
Lauren Granite.

Consortium of Holocaust Educators


Centropa Workshop for Teachers


This 2 1/2 hour program will be held in late March
- details to be announced.




Teaching Documentary Production

Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons

150 North 6th Street, Philadelphia


Saturday, February 24, 2012

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Teacher workshop on creating documentary projects for grades 6-12. Act 48 available for PA educators, and documentation for those teaching in NJ or DE.  Click here for application.




 Gratz College


Jewish Poland: A Study-Travel Tour

July 1-12, 2012


Professor Michael Steinlauf will lead tour of Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, Lodz, Auschwitz and former shtetls, as well as the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival. Academic credit available. Registration deadline: January 31.   


For details and questions about deadline extension, contact Dee White, 215-635-7300 x 186.   


 Gratz College Summer Institute

Melrose Park, PA   


"Educating for Character"

 July 15-20, 2012

 Instructor, Judd Livingston   


"Teaching the Holocaust"

 July 22-July 27, 2012     

 Instructor, Josey G. Fisher


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


For more information and details of online summer courses, contact Mindy Blechman, 215-635-7300 x 154.

Holocaust and Jewish Resistance  

Teachers' Program


July 1 - 20, 2012


Summer study program in Washington, D.C., Poland, Germany and Israel for secondary school teachers.  


Rolling admission, with deadline - Friday, March 23, 2012.  Click here for details and application.  



March of the Living Educators'
Summer Seminar in Poland

June 21 - 28, 2012   


Program includes sites related to Jewish life in pre-war Poland as well as the Holocaust. Extended trip to Israel optional. Sponsored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Center for Advancement of Jewish Education. Click here for details or contact Dr. Leon Weissberg, 305-576-4030.  

Rolling admission.     


USHMM - Washington, D.C.


2012 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer  

National Conference for Educators


English/Language Arts: July 8 -10, 2012

Social Studies: July 11 - 13, 2012


Annual conference for middle and high school educators and community college faculty with less than five years of experience. Application deadline: June 22, 2012


Click here for more information, online applications and scholarship opportunities.  


USHMM Teacher Fellowship Program   

July 15-20, 2012


Advanced program for experienced Holocaust educators in middle and high school and community colleges. Acceptance is highly competitive.

Application deadline: February 10, 2012
Click here for details and application or contact
Peter J. Fredlake, 202-314-0352


Yad Vashem - Jerusalem

8th International Conference on Holocaust Education
"Telling the Story, Teaching the Core: Holocaust Education in the 21st Century"
June 18 - 21, 2012

Click here for details and registration.

wish Community Relations Council
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Youth Symposium on the Holocaust for Grades 9-12


Deadline extended to
February 6


Tuesday, March 6 

St. Joseph's University


Friday, March 9 

La Salle University


Tuesday, March 13   

West Chester University 


Thursday, March 15   

Reform Congregation  

Keneseth Israel



Click for details

or contact Beth Razin, 215-832-0536





Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition  


Grades 7-12



Friday, March 23, 2012  


ubmit all entries to:
Jewish Community
Relations Council

2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

for further information,
guidelines, online entry form,
and resource materials.

For Holocaust Education consultation, contact  

Josey G. Fisher, 215-832-0862.





 Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 



Sunday, April 22 

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   


10:00 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 Programming homepage.  

Days of Remembrance

2012 Theme

Choosing to Act:  
Stories of Remembrance


Click here for details and guidelines for commemoration programs.   



New Online Resources from the USC Shoah Foundation
Teacher Education


Teacher-created lessons, Teacher Innovation Network, online lessons and resources


Link to film segments (14+) and downloadable guidelines for using testimony.


NEW - IWitness


Website for high school classrooms to research and create in-class digital projects, based on Shoah interviews and supported by USHMM and Yad Vashem resources.    


Click on "Register Now" to receive update on web opening. 




Walk Against Hate



May 20, 2012

2:00 - 4:30 PM 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/West River Drive



Click here for more information. 



(Grades 6+)

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer written by by Trina Robbins with illustrations by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh, Graphic Universe, 2011.  


Graphic biography illustrated in retro comic book style describes the life of Lily Renee Wilheim, an Austrian child who flees the Nazi occupation on the Kindertransport to England and later to New York where she becomes a graphic artist of superwomen comic books.


Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin, Holiday House, 2011.     


The gripping story of the Polish social worker who risked her life to rescue and hide Jewish children, insuring that their true identities would not be lost by burying their family names in two glass jars under a tree in war-torn Warsaw. Supplemented by resource list, source notes and index.



To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis by Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press, 2011.  

(The Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers)  


A true story of the SS St. Louis told in the present tense through the voices of two real children,  

Lisa Avedon and Sol Messinger. Attempting to flee Nazi Germany to Cuba in May 1939, the ship's passengers are blocked from their destination port, rejected by both the U.S. and Canada despite pleas to both governments, and forced to return to Europe.


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

Designed by
Bonni Kraus.

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