Holocaust education

Wiesel’s Unfinished Business

He gave the Holocaust a brand name, but the genocides kept coming. Who will now stand guard over the voiceless?

07/05/2016 - 21:32
Special To The Jewish Week

Elie Wiesel’s near-universal public renown was due largely to his survival from Auschwitz. In a world where “survivor” came to signify either the Holocaust or a reality TV show, he was the world’s best-known practitioner of the trade.

Wiesel was Hitler’s worst posthumous nightmare — a Jew with a pen, a voice and a global pulpit. Getty Images

‘We’re Not Talking Statistics Here’

Holocaust education fellowship brings inspiration to non-Jewish teachers.

01/13/2016 (All day)

When Kelly Webeck visited Nazi Germany’s former Chelmno ex-termination camp in Poland as part of the July 2015 European Holocaust tour of the Alfred Lerner Fellowship for Holocaust educators, she entered the small museum that stood in the center of the camp’s ruins and came across a sewing machine in one of the display cases.

Alfred Lerner fellows pose in front of a railcar outside of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Pawel Sawicki

Working With Fieldston On Holocaust Awareness

01/05/2016 - 13:12
Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of the recent troubles at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale (“Swastika Incident Reverberating At Fieldston,” Dec. 18), I recently helped facilitate an assembly program for middle school students there. Ninety-year-old Holocaust survivor Hanna Slome spoke, and the students hung onto every word.

Michael D. Cohen

Natalie Portman: Jewish Community Should Focus Less On The Holocaust

The Oscar-winning actress said other genocides should be taught in Jewish schools. Her comments immediately drew criticism.

08/24/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

This time, her critics aren’t film reviewers.

Natalie Portman on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Getty

See One Person, Be One Person

04/01/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Holocaust educators know that some numbers are almost impossible to comprehend: six million Jews; 11 million people; 1.5 million children, 1.1 of them Jewish. But if you tell me one person’s story, then I can begin to understand.

Rabbi Debra Orenstein

As Society Changes, So Does Holocaust Education

On 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, classes in New York public schools focus on other genocides.

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As Auschwitz survivors and their children this week commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation and mourn the Shoah’s Six Million Jewish victims, Holocaust education in New York State, and elsewhere in the country, looks far different than it did a generation ago.

For better or worse, the books have become metaphors.

Claims Conference Ponders Future Without Survivors

Reparations group weighs shutting down vs. Holocaust education.

06/23/2014 - 20:00

A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned.

Claims Conference Executive Director Greg Schneider, center at right. JTA

Going To Bat For The Rescuers

Stanlee Stahl runs the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which provides financial support to gentiles who rescued Jews.

04/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Stanlee Stahl has been executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous since 1992. Since 1986, the organization has provided $34 million in financial support to more than 2,500 gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Currently JFR supports 654 rescuers in 22 countries, with the vast proportion living in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Hungary. The foundation also runs a Holocaust education program that has trained more than 400 middle and high school teachers from the U.S. and Eastern Europe since 2000. On the eve of Yom HaShoah, The Jewish Week caught up with Stahl for a wide-ranging discussion on the rescuers she’s met and the impact of the group’s education program. This is an edited transcript.

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous’ Stanlee Stahl: Rescuers “were people like us.”

Turkey Hosts Holocaust Conference

10/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff writer

As relations between Israel and Turkey continue to deteriorate, Yad Vashem is to hold a Holocaust education seminar at a university in Istanbul this week, according to the Times of Israel.

Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center

Critics question credibility of Manhattan College’s pick, and a change in center’s focus as supporters come to her defense.
06/13/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Manhattan College is revamping its Holocaust Center to include the further study of other genocides, as well as interfaith activities that would include Islam alongside Judaism and Christianity — the two religions that until now have been mostly alone at the core of Holocaust interfaith issues.

Mehnaz Afridi’s expertise is the intersection of Islam and the Holocaust. Michael Datikash
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