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Teaching the Holocaust: Navigating Resources for Inquiry-Based Learning

June 4 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am CDT

Politicians are rallying around the necessity of Holocaust education – but how exactly are schools meant to teach it?

Earlier this year, New York state Senator Anna Kaplan said that “the lessons of the Holocaust are more important today than ever before, as we all watch in horror as a peaceful European nation is invaded under false pretenses, and cynically using Holocaust misinformation as an excuse to do so. It’s critical that we know our history, that we learn from it, and that we ensure that ‘never again’ isn’t just a saying, but something we work to deliver.”

However, that same week, in an interview, she admitted that Holocaust education is often ineffective, even when mandates legally require schools to teach it. “We’re failing to educate our children,” she said, adding that the lack of awareness among young people about the Holocaust was “really, really disturbing.”

This professional development workshop will equip teachers with archival and historical resources that can be utilized in the classroom. These include everything from the Sobibor Perpetrator Collection, a recently-discovered set of photographs that gives a unique insight into how the Holocaust happened; to the Wochensprüche, a set of propaganda materials that tells us something about everyday life in the Third Reich. 

We will show that schools can help students to conduct guided research and analysis of documents like these, improving their understanding of what the Holocaust was, and of how and why it happened, through inquiry-based learning.  

This is a virtual workshop that will be held on Zoom. Please register on the form below to receive information on how to join!

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