Real Change | January 26, 2022 | By Dee Simon
International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Jan. 27, 1945. It is a day that the United Nations set aside so that the world would never forget the tragedy that defined the word “genocide.”
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered. Hundreds of thousands of others were targeted, including Roma, people with disabilities, Poles, gay men, Germans of African heritage, Jehovah’s Witnesses and political dissidents.
By observing this day of remembrance, we honor the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. We give ourselves the opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies and governments. On this day, we challenge ourselves to actively fight hate in all its forms.
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Friday, March 19, 2021
The Holocaust Center for Humanity is shocked and saddened by the recent murders in Atlanta that took the lives of eight people, including six Asian women. We grieve with the families and friends of the victims and the broader community.
While the motive for these murders is not yet known, they were committed at a time of increasing violent attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islanders and are rooted in racism and xenophobia.
The Holocaust Center stands in unity with the Asian and Pacific Islander communities and all people who are target ed with identity based violence. We remain dedicated to empowering individuals to learn from the past, fight for human dignity, and take action.
As a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council, we stand in solidarity.
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2023 Day of Learning: Teaching about Genocide
June 27th, 2023 | All sessions will be virtual on Zoom | Register for one or multiple sessions
Up to 5 clock hours for Washington State teachers. PD Enroller link forthcoming.
The Day of Learning will provide teachers with an opportunity to explore topics about genocide, focusing on those in Rwanda and Cambodia. Attendees will gain in-depth and practical ideas and activities that can be easily implemented in the classroom.
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Schedule | Registration
9:00-9:55am | Teaching about Genocide: Practical Frameworks and Lessons
Presenter: Branda Anderson, Holocaust Center for Humanity
The presentation will explore best practices for teaching about genocide in the secondary classroom.
10:00-10:55am | My Family, My Rwanda, My Life
Presenter: Emmanuel Turaturanye
Emmanuel was just 16 years old when, beginning April 7, 1994, approximately 1 million people, including over 100 members of Emmanuel's family, were murdered in just 100 days in Rwanda. All the while, the world community not only stood by and watched, but UN and other forces withdrew, leaving so many defenseless in the face of genocide.
11:00-11:55am | Teaching for Peace: Lessons from Rwanda
Presenter: Brian Crawford, The Downtown School: A Lakeside School
This session will explore the role that teachers played in the polarization that led up to the Rwandan genocide.
12:00-1:00pm | Lunch & Learn - An Eyewitness Account of the Cambodian Genocide
Presenter: Loung Ung, Cambodian Genocide Survivor
Loung Ung is a bestselling author, public speaker, activist, and co-screenplay writer of First They Killed My Father, a critically acclaimed 2017 movie directed by Angelina Jolie, based on her memoir streaming on Netflix. Loung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge army stormed into her city in April 1975, forcing her family to flee their home. For the next four years, the family hid their identities in order to survive. Without the protection of her family, Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.
1:15-2:15pm | Teaching about the Cambodian Genocide: Lessons and Resources
Presenters Kate Weckesser English and Kim Klett
This session will give educators the tools to teach the history and complexities of the genocide in Cambodia, using examples from testimonies and photo analysis.
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