Workshop to help educators teach about Holocaust

October 31 2007

TERRE HAUTE - A new Indiana law requires high school teachers to integrate Holocaust studies into history classes. During an upcoming workshop, local and international Holocaust agencies will show them how.

On Dec. 10, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library will host the day-long program, produced by a trio of renowned Holocaust study centers: Yad Vashem in Jerusalem( Israel’s national Holocaust remembrance authority), the Shoah Foundation Institute in Los Angeles and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York.

“It will not only educate people about the Holocaust, but also teach them about the price of prejudice,” said Eva Kor, CANDLES Holocaust Museum founder, about the workshop.

The three institutions approached Kor about doing a workshop in Terre Haute because of her instrumental role in the passage of the Indiana legislation.

“It is not only critical, but imperative that future generations know of the Holocaust,” said Kevin Bolinger, Indiana State University professor of education, who will be speaking at the workshop.

The workshop will take place at the library and interested teachers may register online, by phone or by mail with a $20 fee. The fee covers the cost of a catered lunch and other materials. Each participant will receive a copy of the “Echoes and Reflections” multimedia curriculum designed by Yad Vashem, the Shoah Institute and the ADL.

The curriculum features testimonies, primary source documents, maps, lesson plans and other teaching materials. Since its launch in July 2005, more than 4,000 educators have participated in training programs in 26 states. The curriculum was selected for the 2007 National Media Award by the National Association of Multicultural Education.

Registrants also will receive a copy of “Echoes from Auschwitz,” an autobiographical account of Kor’s experiences as a Mengele Twin.

Presenters at the workshop will be Stephanie McMahon-Kaye from Yad Vashem, Chaim Singer-Frankes from the Shoah Foundation and Deborah Batiste, the “Echoes and Reflections” project director. Kor will give a tour of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum at the end of the workshop.

The workshop, which is open to all educators, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited to 150 participants and registration closes on Nov. 16.

Registration forms are available at: CANDLES Holocaust Museum .

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Contacts: Eva Kor, founding director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, at 812-234-7881 or evakor@abcs.com

Alberta Davis Comer, Indiana State University acting dean of library services, at 812-237-2649 or acomer@isugw.indstate.edu

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A new Indiana law requires high school teachers to integrate Holocaust studies into history classes. During an upcoming workshop, local and international Holocaust agencies will show them how.

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