Dear Holocaust Educators,
State Senator Anthony H. Williams and State Representative Brendan Boyle have proposed legislation to mandate the teaching of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Violations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for grades 6 through 12. The bill is currently in both education committees and may move to the floor of both houses after the first of the year. Representatives of the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia have consulted with the legislative teams regarding the wording of the proposed mandate and have emphasized the need to include professional development and curriculum guidelines. If passed, Pennsylvania would be the sixth state to have a legislative mandate, joining California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.
Pennsylvania's House Resolution (1996) promoted education regarding Human Rights Violations, including Acts of Genocide, the Holocaust, Slavery, and the Mass Starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850. We will keep you informed of this process in extending these goals to a mandate.
Josey G. Fisher, Editor
Holocaust Education Consultant
Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In
Sunday, November 4
3:00 to 6:30 PM (registration 2:30 PM)
7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA
Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, best known within the field of Holocaust research for his landmark book, The Nazi Doctors, will present the keynote address on "The Genocidal Mind." Two clusters of break-out sessions follow with ten options for further study.
Professional development hours are available for PA and NJ teachers and lawyers.
Download full brochure for further details and registration or contact Mindy Blechman, 215-635-7300, ext. 154.
Transcending Their Boundaries:
The Children of Terezin
Through November 20
Free Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
This collection of artwork, diaries, and newspapers of the children of Terezin is on loan from Beit Terezin in Israel. The exhibition is sponsored by the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. Library hours.
Suggested student readings prepared by the Free Library.
For docent-led tour and teacher's guide, contact Rachel Lithgow, 215-809-2474, ext. 101.
"Anne Frank: From Diary to Book"
Thursday, November 8, 5:00 PM
27th Annual Joseph Alexander Colloquium
U. of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, Benjamin Franklin Room
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia
Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, will examine the complicated history of writing, rewriting, and editing Anne Frank's diary since its first publication in the original Dutch in 1947. Shandler's most recent book is Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (co-edited, with Barbara-Krishenblatt-Gimblett, Indiana University Press, 2012).
The Lesson Plan: A Documentary about
"The Third Wave"
Sunday, October 21,
9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road,
Penn Valley, PA
Co-sponsored by Har Zion and ADL
Award-winning documentary examining the aftermath of the highly controversial Third Wave project implemented in 1967 by Palo Alto, CA teacher Ron Jones which simulated the indoctrination tools of the Third Reich. Jones and two former students who created the film will be in attendance. RSVP.
Philadelphia Film Festival
Portrait of Wally
Saturday, October 20, 12:00 Noon
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Monday, October 22, 12:30 PM
125 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Documentary illuminating the 70-year-old legal battle to determine the ownership of Egon Schiele's 1912 portrait of his mistress, taken from its original Jewish owner during the Holocaust. This international dispute between Austrians, Americans and Wally's descendants has become a prototype of the conflicts over art restitution from the Nazi era.
Monday, October 22, 12:00 Noon
South 4th and Ranstead Streets
This powerful documentary relates the childhood experience of Frank "Misa" Grunwald, his wartime journey through five concentration camps, and his resilience through his love of art and music. Created by the faculty and students of Fleetwood Area High School, the DVD, with a detailed teacher's guide, is now available at no charge to educators.
Obtain film for educational setting (shipping charges only);
For group rates for 20+, contact ticketing office, 267-908-4733.
Oma and Bella
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PM
Ibrahim Theater of the
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
An intimate glimpse into the world of two friends who live together in Berlin, both survivors of the Holocaust, who stayed in Germany after the war. Through the food they cook together, they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. Created by Oma's granddaughter Alexa Karolinski, the film will be followed by a Q&A with the director. German and English. Further information.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
Monday, November 12, 7:30 PM
A haunting picture of everyday life in Warsaw under German occupation and a Polish woman's conflict over endangering her own life to save a Jewish child. Contains nudity. Guest speakers Dr. Michael Steinlauf and Polish survivor Alex Redner. Polish and German w/English subtitles. Further information.
Sunday, November 18, 3:00 PM
A young Algerian in Nazi-occupied Paris is coerced into infiltrating the Paris Grand Mosque and its insubordinate imam, suspected of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and North African Jews. Moving from his apolitical stance to a dangerous freedom movement, the film is both a spy thriller and document of religious tension and radical change in the Middle East during the war years. French w/English subtitles. Further information.
Six Million and One
Monday, January 21, 7:30 PM
Director David Fisher delves into the wartime background uncovered in his father's memoir which he and his siblings discover after their father's death. Overwhelmed by details of their father's past, Fisher's siblings try to avoid further investigation while he continues to probe and eventually brings them back into the painful search to reclaim their
family history. Guest speaker Dr. Bea Hollander-Goldfein, Director of Transcending Trauma Project. Hebrew, German, and English w/English subtitles. Further information.
Classic children's book by Dr. Seuss which whimsically demonstrates concepts of sameness and difference and attitudes toward an "other," has been used as a building block for young children who will eventually study the Holocaust as well as a classroom trigger for older students. Full book animation - 12 minutes.
Heil Hitler! Confessions of a Hitler Youth
Compelling first-person narrative of former Hitler Youth member Alfons Heck is supplemented by historical footage, including
segments of German propaganda film. This highly recommended teaching resource is now available online. 30 minutes. Grade 7+.
|Compiled and edited by Josey G. Fisher, |
Holocaust Education Consultant.
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Jewish Community Relations Council
Community Programming for 2013
Youth Symposium on the Holocaust for Grades 9-12
March 5, 2013
St. Joseph's University
March 7, 2013
La Salle University
Week of March 11, 2013
Date and location tba
March 19, 2013
West Chester University
Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition
for Grades 7-12
Friday, March 8, 2013
Submit all entries to:
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Ceremony
Sunday, April 7, 2013
"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
For questions regarding all JCRC Holocaust programs and for requests for speakers, contact
Beth Razin, 215-832-0536.
|For Holocaust Education consultation, contact
Josey G. Fisher, 215-832-0862.
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USC Shoah Foundation
One Man, Two Voices: Peter Feigl's Diary and Testimony, a pairing of Feigl's wartime diary (1942-44) and video testimony (1997) are layered with newly found documents and primary resources to provide a model classroom lesson. Grades 9-12.
Additional lessons by master teachers using video testimony.
Compassion Within the Ghetto Walls
Self-help groups, soup kitchens, smuggling, youth movements - Grades 7-9
Unarmed resistance through photography, letters, poetry, documentation, female couriers, underground political groups and newspapers - Grades 10-12
200 portraits by 21 artists created under appalling living conditions in ghettos and camps.
Story of the Jewish Community in Wurzburg
Details one ancient German Jewish community and the fate of its wartime population.
The Berlin Boxing Club
by Robert Sharenow, NY:HarperTeen, 2011 (Sydney Taylor 2012 Gold Medal Book Award). Not involved with religious life but now bullied as a Jew, the 14-year-old protagonist connects with German champion boxer Max Schmeling and learns to defend both himself and his family. Grade 7+
Fragments of Memory: From Kolin to Jerusalem by Hana Greenfield, Gefen Publishing House, 2006 (revised edition).
Powerful flashes of memory of a young girl from Czechoslovakia whose war years traversed Terezin, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen.
Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn, translated by Jeffrey Shandler, Roaring Book Press, 2006.
Originally published in Yiddish in New York in 1940, Glatshteyn's story resulted from his trip home to Poland in 1934 and his pressure to tell American Jewish children of the growing menace in Nazi-occupied Europe. Emil and Karl, two boys in Vienna, one Jewish, one not, alternate telling the brutal details of their pre-war experience. Grades 6+
The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow by Kristyna Chiger with Daniel Paisner, NY: St. Martin's Griffin,
First-person account of a hidden child, part of a group of Jews hidden in the sewers of Lvov for 14 months through the help of a Polish Catholic
sewer worker. This harrowing story is the basis for In Darkness, nominated for 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
A brief interview, done with the child in 1947 when she was 11 ½ ("Krysyta's Story") is available on the Hidden Child Foundation/ADL website together with a teacher's guide, appropriate for middle school readers.
Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival
by Clara Kramer, NY: Ecco Publishing 2010.
Memoir of a young teen hidden with 17 other Polish Jews for 18 months in a bunker, protected by a former housekeeper and her antisemitic husband during the Nazi occupation of their town. Detailed description of conflicts and dangers, without idealization of either the Jews or their rescuers. Grade 9+
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