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Dear Holocaust Educators,


In our effort to learn and understand more about the Holocaust, we begin to make important connections to other crises of human rights both before and since the Shoah. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a national commemoration on April 7, it is also our obligation to examine human rights violations within our own borders. The award-winning film Twelve Years a Slave challenges us to look honestly at one crucial aspect of our national history through the unflinching re-telling of Solomon Northrup's memoir. In 1841 a free black man from New York is captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana and we cannot look away from the realities of his experience.  


Each of us and each of our students relates to history through our unique lens and life experience. As we study the Holocaust, it remains important to respect these individual differences and broaden the opportunity for connections.


Josey G. Fisher, Editor

Holocaust Education Consultant 





Saint Joseph's University -   

Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA


"The Popes and the Jewish People: The Story of a Transformed Relationship"


A series of programs to mark the upcoming canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II



"When Racism and Theology Mix"

Thursday, March 20, 2014      7:00 - 8:30 PM 

Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall, 5th floor 

Open to the public.


Guest speaker: Kevin Spicer, C.S.C., Ph.D., author of Hitler's Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler's Berlin



"The Legacies of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II"

Thursday, May 1, 2014      7:00 - 8:30 PM

President's Lounge, Campion Hall

Open to the public. 


A special panel discussion of Pope Francis' homily at the April 27th canonizations.



Three Interfaith Dialogues on Papal and Other Texts Across the Decades

Thursdays, April 3, 10, & 24, 2014      7:00 - 8:30 PM



Facilitated by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham and  
Dr. Adam L. Gregerman. For further details and registration for the dialogues, click here.



ADL's Walk Against Hate


Sunday, May 18, 2014      1:00-4:00 P.M. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/West River Drive, Philadelphia



 Further information and registration.  











"Survival in Sarajevo,  

The Story of La Benevolencija:  

Jews, Muslims, Croats and Serbs Working Together during the Bosnian War, 1992 - 1995"


Opening Event for Centropa Exhibit

April 1, 2014      5:30 - 6:30 PM

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Centropa Teacher's Workshop, co-sponsored by the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia, in conjunction with exhibition  

April 2, 2014      4:00 - 7:00 PM


Act 48 available. A light supper will be provided. $10 registration fee. For further details, contact Beth Razin






Gratz College


Jewish Poland Travel-Study Tour   

Led by Dr. Michael Steinlauf, Gratz College Scholar of East European Jewish History, and guides from the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.  Academic credit available. 


June 24 - July 6, 2014

Deposits due by January 31, 2014

Click here for details and application or contact Mindy Blechman, 215-635-7300, ext. 154.




Gratz College Summer Institute  

Melrose Park, PA 


"Teaching the Holocaust" with Josey G. Fisher

July 20-25, 2014  

"Holocaust Art" with Rabbi Lance J. Sussman

July 27-August 1, 2014


For further information, additional online summer courses, and registration contact Mindy Blechman.





Holocaust and Jewish Resistance  

Teacher's Program

July 1-19, 2014


Intensive program for high school teachers starting in Washington, D.C. and traveling to Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.


Application deadline March 14, 2014

Further information and application.  




Centropa Summer Academy


Vienna and Sarajevo

July 9-17, 2014


For teachers, pedagogical experts and museum educators.   

Click for more information or contact Lauren Granite,
(301) 787-0052.




Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education

Summer Certificate Program

July 13-19, 2014


For high school teachers, held on campus of Georgetown University, Washington, DC, taught by Georgetown faculty

and broad range of guest lecturers, including access to museums and government agencies. Fulfills state requirements for public, private and parochial schools. Competitive admission.


Click for information.   

Application deadline April 19, 2014 - click here to apply.






Belfer National Conference for Educators


English Language Arts Section:  

July 13-15  

Social Studies Section: July 16-18


For teachers of middle school, high school and community college faculty.


Click for further information and online registration



Museum Teacher Fellowship Program

July 20-24, 2014


For Holocaust educators of grades 7-12 who have had five years or more experience. Competitive admission.


Applications due February 7, 2014.  Click here to apply. 


Bearing Witness


Paoli, PA

July 29 - August 1, 2014


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.


Application deadline April 4, 2014

For further information, contact  Dr. Carol Cary at the Office of Catholic Education or  Randi Boyette at ADL.   




Yad Vashem   


The 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education - "Through Our Own Lens: Reflecting on the Holocaust from Generation to Generation"

July 7-10, 2014




Summer Seminar for Educators in Jewish Frameworks

July 21-30, 2014


For further information, click on "email." 









Yad Vashem -- Holocaust Education Video Toolbox

New video portal organizes key elements of Yad Vashem website specifically for Holocaust educators. Includes methodological and pedagogical guidelines, historical background, archival videos, first-person testimony - designed for practical classroom application. Click here.


Facing History and Ourselves

The Weimar Republic: The Fragility of Democracy

Click here. 



Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

Free online video courses, 20-80 minutes each, prepare teachers to teach lessons on Jewish armed and unarmed resistance. Includes printable lesson plans and short films. All suggested curricula fulfill Common Core Standards in English and Social Studies for grades 6-12.

Click here.  



Yad Vashem - Teaching the Legacy 
"At the Last Moment - The Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry"  Click here.


YIVO -- reVILNA: Vilnius Ghetto Project

Unique interactive digital mapping project of the Vilna Ghetto, including over 200 sites of historical significance, linked with photographs, first person testimony and other primary sources.
Click here.






"Who Was Alfred Dreyfus--And Why Should We Care?"

Through February 23, 2014


An Exhibition from the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair

at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Free Library of Philadelphia

Parkway Central Library, West Gallery





New York City:


Chagall: Love, War, and Exile

Through February 2, 2014


Jewish Museum, New York City


For further information and free app for exhibit


Teaching with Marc Chagall:

Download Curriculum Guide 




Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees  1933 - 1941    


Museum of Jewish Heritage  


Online introduction to the exhibit







"Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937"

March 13 - June 30, 2014 


Neue Gallerie,  

New York City 


Further information

2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

National Days of Remembrance 

April 27 - May 4, 2014



Yom HaShoah
Monday, April 28, 2014



Greater Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 

 1:00 PM - Sunday, April 27, 2014   

16th and the Parkway


Keynote Speaker:  

James Young, University of Massachusetts, scholar of Holocaust memorials and memorialization 

"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

Location tba   



Youth Symposium on the Holocaust for Grades 9-12


Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 4, 2014


March 4, 2014       

La Salle University


March 11, 2014    Saint Joseph's University


March 13, 2014    Reform Congregation  

Keneseth Israel  


March 18, 2014     West Chester University


Click here for registration and details or contact
Beth Razin, 215-832-0536.


Mordechai Anielewicz
Creative Arts Competition

for Grades 7-12


Deadline:  Friday, March 7, 2014

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


For details, online entry forms and resources as well as Award Booklet for 2012 -2013, including winning written entries, click here.


Award Ceremony: Monday, June 2, 2014


Exhibition of Visual Entries:  

May 29 - June 12, 2014


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.

New Online Resources for  

Commemoration and Classroom




2014 Days of Remembrance

"Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses"



For resources relating to this year's theme and to request Days of Remembrance CD/DVD Planning Guide, click here. 



The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme in partnership with the USHMM


"The Path to Nazi Genocide"


Excellent 38-minute introductory film using historical footage; includes full transcript and link to request DVD. Additional links to timeline, Holocaust encyclopedia and related maps. For advanced students, with some excerpts appropriate for middle school and above. Click here



Southern Poverty Law Center


One Survivor Remembers, award-winning HBO documentary of Gerda Weissmann Klein's story of survival, is available online through the efforts of the SPLC and Teaching Tolerance. 41 minutes.  Related lesson plan through Teaching Tolerance for grades 6-12.



Is it Night or Day?

by Fern Schumer Chapman (2011 Bank Street Award), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Twelve-year-old Edith escapes Nazi Germany in 1938, one of the 1200 children rescued by Americans, yet she is still challenged by antisemitism, referred to as an "enemy alien," and haunted by unknown fate of her parents. Grade 6+




My Family for the War  





by Anne C. Voorhoeve, Dial, 2012, translated from the German by Tammi Reichel.  

Protestant eleven-year-old Ziska flees Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport because of her grandparents' Jewish heritage. Placed with an Orthodox Jewish family in London for the war years, Ziska becomes conflicted over her religious identity and growing attachment to her foster parents.  

Grade 9+




The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi  by Neal Bascomb, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. Adaptation for younger readers of author's well-researched adult non-fiction Hunting Eichmann
(Houghton, 2009).
Grade 8+



Odette's Secrets
by Maryann Macdonald, Bloomsbury USA, 2013. Novelization in verse of the life of French hidden child Odette Meyers (Odette's autobiography is Doors to Madame Marie and she appears in the classic educational film "Courage to Care"). Grade 6+   


The Tattered Prayer Book (Mom's Choice Awards Recipient) by Ellen Bari and illustrated by Avi Katz. Gihon Rivers Press, 2013.  

Young girl finds a burnt and tattered prayer book at her grandmother's house and discovers her family's German Jewish history for the first time. Recommended for adult to read to elementary school-age child as an introduction to the Holocaust.



Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

by Wendy Lower, Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. As consultant to the USHMM, Lower has broadened previous research of German women's participation in the genocide, using first-person testimony to illustrate both professional and personal culpability and brutality. 2013 National Book Award finalist.


Pere Marie-Benoit and Jewish Rescue: How a French Priest Together with Jewish Friends Saved Thousands during the Holocaust
by Susan Zuccotti, Indiana University Press, 2013. Detailed history of courageous French Capuchin priest who worked with Jewish-Christian rescue networks in France and Italy to save Jews, later maintaining wartime Jewish friendships and his commitment to Jewish-Christian reconciliation.


The Stones Weep:
Teaching the 
Holocaust through a Survivor's Art
by Miriam M. Bisk and Margaret G. Lincoln, Gihon River Press, 2013.  

A highly original book for Holocaust educators, utilizing the artwork of the Polish survivor/author as basis for lesson plans that meet State and National Core Curriculum Standards.

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