Amos Flier

Spring - Summer
      2013 - 5773      
Dear Holocaust Educators,


The proposed legislation for a Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill   has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate by State Senator Anthony Williams and State Representative Brendan Boyle. We urge everyone to spread the word and participate in a write-in campaign to support this legislation. To see a copy of the proposed mandate as well as sample text and contact information for writing legislators serving on the PA House and Senate Education committees, please see our Holocaust Programming Homepage.


The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is marking its 20th anniversary with a theme crucial for all Americans -  

"Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs." Effective Holocaust education focuses on understanding the signposts that might lead to such disasters and assessing points of intervention.  

There is much work to be done.


Josey G. Fisher, Editor

Holocaust Education Consultant 





Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow:  

Jewish Refugee Scholars at  

 Black Colleges



National Museum of American  

Jewish History, 5th floor

5th and Market Streets, Philadelphia

Through June 2, 2013


This special exhibit, on tour from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, narrates the story of Jewish academics fired from jobs in Germany and Austria and hired by colleges in the Jim Crow South. Over 70 artifacts and documents illustrate the connection between the two minority groups with a history of persecution, coming together over their shared search for civil rights.  For scheduling school visits,  please contact the Education Department, 215.923.3811 x 152.  



ADL's Walk Against Hate

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

Sunday, May 19, 2013

1:00 - 4:00 P.M. 


Further information and registration. 



 Professional Development Trip to the U.S.Holocaust Museum

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Full-day trip for educators to the USHMM sponsored by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Further information or contact Phil Holtje.




Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program

June 30 - July 18, 2013


Study program for secondary school teachers in Washington, D.C., Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Applications available online - to be submitted no later than March 15. Rolling admissions.



USHMM - Washington, DC

Belfer National Conference for Educators



English/Language Arts:  

July 8 - 10, 2013


Social Studies:  

July 11 - 13, 2013


Designed for middle and high school educators and community college faculty with less than five years of experience. Application deadline June 21, 2013. Details and online applications, or contact Christina E. Chavarria. 



Yad Vashem

Jerusalem, Israel


Summer International Seminar: "Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism"

July 14 - August 1, 2013


Jewish Educators Summer Seminar (An Introductory Program):  

"The Ghettos"

July 22 - 31, 2013




Gratz College Summer Institute

Melrose Park, PA



Children of the Nazi Era,

with Josey G. Fisher
July 21 - July 26, 2013



The Holocaust and Genocide in Film,

with Dr. Michael Steinlauf 

July 28 - August 2, 2013  


From Armenia to Auschwitz:  

An Examination of the First  

Modern Genocides,

with Michael Dickerman
July 28 - August 2, 2013 
Click for further information, additional online summer courses and registration or see or contact Mindy Blechman.

Bearing Witness Program 
Paoli, PA
July 29 - August 1, 2013
Residential professional development program for Catholic-school educators, grades 6-12, focusing on the history of Catholic-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the ADL and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For further information, contact Dr. Carol Cary at the Office of Catholic Education or Randi Boyette at ADL.     



The Boys of Terezin   


Five survivors, a boys' choir and a chamber music group unite to tell the story of Vedem, a secret weekly magazine kept by young teenage boys in Terezin while under threat of deportation. (middle school+, 1 hour)
Film Clips and teacher's resource guide.

Nicky's Family 

Award-winning feature documentary about Nicholas Winton, the young English banker who arranged the rescue of 669 Czech children to Great Britain and Sweden on the eve of WWII. Includes interviews with rescued émigrés and Winton. (middle school+, 1 ˝ hours).

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

Award-winning documentary describes the efforts of a small group of German Jewish refugees in Chicago to establish a supportive community not only for themselves but for more than 1,000 other refugees and survivors of Nazi persecution. (middle school+, 1 hour). Further information.




Feature-length film based on the true story of Walter Suskind, member of the Amsterdam Jewish Council, who worked with the Dutch underground to save children from deportation. (Mature students, Dutch w/English subtitles).

Further information.  




Oprah Winfrey and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz

Powerful interview of Wiesel as he and Oprah walk through Auschwitz. Helpful supplement for classes reading Night.  (Grade 8+, 50 minutes).  Watch online.  


Camera of My Family 

Photographer travels to Germany to discover her Jewish German roots, the richness of Jewish pre-war life, the struggle to emigrate, and her connection to family members who perished.  


(Grade 6+, 20 minutes) Watch online.

 One Survivor Remembers

Academy-award winning documentary of the wartime experience of Gerda Weissman Klein who, as a young teen, survived 6 years in labor camps to become an author, speaker, and advocate for human rights through the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Grade 8+, 45 minutes).  Watch online.   


2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

National Days of Remembrance 

April 7 - 14, 2013



Yom HaShoah
Monday, April 8, 2013



 Philadelphia Community Commemoration 

 1:00 PM - Sunday, April 7, 2013  

16th and the Parkway


Guest Speakers:  

Co-sponsors of the proposed  

Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill -  

PA State Senator Anthony H. Williams

PA State Representative Brendan F. Boyle    


"Dorothy Freedman Memorial Conversation with a Survivor"

Breakfast program for middle and high school students will precede the Ceremony,  from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM, at  

Moore College of Art and Design   

20th Street and the Parkway  



Mordechai Anielewicz
Creative Arts Competition

for Grades 7-12


Deadline:  Friday, March 8, 2013   


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


Details, online entry forms and resources   



Award Ceremony: Monday, June 4, 2013


Exhibition: May 30 - June 13, 2013


Moore College of Art and Design

20th Street and the Parkway




For further information on these community programs, information 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.





2013 Days of Remembrance -  

"Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs"


Download theme-related resources. 



Request a free CD/DVD Days of Remembrance planning resource.



UNESCO - Why Teach the Holocaust 


Download the 2013 publication in honor of
International Holocaust Remembrance Day  

(January 27)


  Yad Vashem


Download age-appropriate multidisciplinary materials to supplement Holocaust study in the classroom or for Holocaust remembrance. 




Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During
the Holocaust


by Doreen Rappaport, Candlewick Press, 2012. 2013 Sidney Taylor Honor Book for Teen Readers. Twenty-one meticulously researched accounts of Jewish resistance and rescue throughout Nazi-occupied Europe, including archival photographs and maps.


Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp


by Helga Weiss, W.W. Norton & Co., 2013. First English translation of the diary of Helga Weiss, a young Czech child who also documented her experience in Terezin through her artwork (reproduced in the book Draw What You See under her married name Helga Weissova-Hoskova). Her diary, hidden by her uncle after she was deported to Auschwitz, is published now for the first time.


His Name Was
Raoul Wallenberg


by Louise Borden, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012. 2013 Sidney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers.Well-researched story of the Swedish humanitarian responsible for saving thousands of Jewish lives in Budapest by issuing protective passports and establishing "safe houses," considered neutral Swedish territory in Nazi-occupied Hungary.



Rescuing the Children:
The Story of the Kindertransport


by Deborah Hodge, Tundra Books, 2012.  Finalist in Jewish Book Council Awards for Children/Young Adult Literature. Eight true accounts of children sent to safety in England on the eve of WWII, set in historical context of the Kindertransport and illustrated by archival photographs, paintings of pre-war Germany by artist Hans Jackson, and original art by the Kinder commemorating their rescue.  





A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism


by Phyllis Goldstein, Facing History and Ourselves and Ourselves, 2011. Selected as one of the "Outstanding Academic Titles" of 2012 by Choice, a division of the American Library Association. Traces the origins and evolution of antisemitism from 6th century BCE through today, raising questions of both individuals and society distinguishing between "us" and "them." 


FDR and the Jews

by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, Belknap Press, 2013. Well-researched examination of the contentious debate over FDR's actions regarding the

imperiled Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe, including new primary sources, describing FDR as a consummate politician with opposing priorities.


A Promise at Sobibor:
A Jewish Boy's Story of
Revolt and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland 
by Philip "Fiszel" Bialowitz with Joseph Bialowitz. University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. American Association for School Libraries Award. One of only 42 survivors of the famous Sobibor death camp revolt, Fiszel recounts his teenage years and participation in the Sobibor underground rebellion.



  Notable Online Archives


American Joint Distribution  

Committee Archives


Over 1100 World War II-era records from its 1933-1944 collection documenting JDC's rescue and relief efforts throughout Europe during the rise of Nazism, is accessible online


 Center for Jewish History


Combined resource for five major Jewish research institutions in New York City has digitized many of its holdings. Links to collections are available online



Leo Baeck Institute


Research library dedicated to the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry includes online access to diaries, memoirs and biographies relating to the Nazi era. 




Research library dedicated to Jewish life in Eastern Europe, includes "People of a Thousand Towns Online Photo Catalog" and is available online


 As part of its 20th anniversary commitment to action, the USHMM has secured an additional domain to access its website -- -- both to foil the search for online antisemitic material and educate those who might be searching for it. The alternate domain will immediately connect to the USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia.




The Diary of Anne Frank has been released as an interactive app for iPad and Nook tablets, through the Anne Frank Foundation, Penguin's Viking division, and UK digital producers Beyond the Story. It includes the full text, passages read by Helena Bonham Carter, facsimile copies of original diary pages, archival images, photos, maps, timeline, and an introduction and Q&A with Anne's first cousin, Buddy Elias.



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

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