“I have learned that
whenever a community is threatened, all are affected. Whenever a single
human being is humiliated, the human image is cheapened. Whenever a
person suffers for whatever the reason and no one is there to offer a
hand, a smile, a gift, a memory, a smile again, something is wrong with
society at large.”
the onset, the founders of the Holocaust Resource Center recognized
that education was integral to the accomplishment of its mission. As a
result, the HRC's first activity centered preparation of a tuition-free
graduate course for teachers "Teaching the Holocaust", which was first
offered at Kean University in the spring semester 1983. As enrollment in
the course increased, it expanded from the University to various local
school districts to allow for greater teacher preparation.
The success of this
initial offering led to the creation of a follow-up course, "Teaching
Prejudice Reduction," which was introduced in spring semester 1989. Over
the years, thousands of teachers have participated in the courses.
educational programs serve as a resource for many Kean University
undergraduate students and members of the community. Each year students
enrolled in HRC's graduate and undergraduate courses visit the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
because they were possible. If they were possible once, they are
possible again. In that sense, the Holocaust is not unique, but a
warning for the future.” (Yehuda Bauer)
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What are students ‘remembering’ on Holocaust Memorial Day?
IOE London Blog by Paul Salmons
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New Approved Training Centers to Offer Professional Development
The Echos and Reflections program is growing and will be offering an increasing number of programs to educators across the country in 2013. One way the program is expanding is through a cooperative program with Holocaust Museums and centers. After two successful seminars in 2011 and 2012 education directors from 16 states, representing 20 Holocaust museums and centers have been given tools to facilitate Echoes and Reflections professional development in their own communities. Holocaust museums and centers that are part of this exciting new initiative are designated Echoes and Reflections Approved Training Centers.
Participants completed an extensive train-the-trainer program, where they explored the interdisciplinary components of Echoes and Reflections, examined the value of video testimony when teaching about the Holocaust, and created agendas for future programming at their centers.