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Highlight: Powell Holocaust Summer Institute: Teaching for Humanity

Group-Powell-Fellows-Bainbridge-Ferry-2CropApply Now | Seminar runs August 7-11, 2017 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle  

The Holocaust Center for Humanity offers an intensive 5-day summer institute designed for teachers of grades 6-12. In a collaborative environment, teachers will explore in-depth topics of the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights, while gaining practical tools to bring these lessons to their students. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from national scholars, local experts, and experienced educators, as well as to take part in field trips to areas of interest. Accommodations will be provided. Deadline for applications - April 1, 2017.

Program Flyer (pdf)

Application (docx)

Participants will explore topics related to Holocaust history, including antisemitism, rescue and resistance, genocide, non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Japanese Internment, current events, and local connections. Each day will focus on selected themes and will include reference and discussion of today’s world and practical applications for the classroom.

Participants who complete the program will become the second cohort of Powell Fellows. Powell Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in advanced professional development opportunities throughout the year and will help to mentor new teachers. In the year following the seminar, Powell Fellows will be responsible for submitting a lesson or curriculum map demonstrating what new information from the seminar they have incorporated. 

Eligible teachers will currently be teaching grades 6-12 in a classroom.

Seminar is limited to 20 participants. Overnight accommodations will be provided for those coming from outside of the greater Seattle area. Lunch will be provided each day.

Participation Fee—$100 due upon acceptance to the program. ($50 will be returned upon attendance.) Teachers can receive up to 40 clock hours. Application Deadline: April 1, 2017.

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Photo - Powell Fellows 2016

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Powell Family Foundation
Conference on Material Claims Against Germany

Highlight: Teacher Seminar: Holocaust & Human Behavior - With Facing History and Ourselves

Holocaust-and-Human-Behavior-coverFriday, March 24, 2017 | 8:00am-3:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle | Register Now

Flyer (pdf)

Lunch and clock hours provided. $20 registration fee. All grade 6-12 educators welcome.  First priority will be given to teachers who have not previously attended programs offered by the Holocaust Center.

(Advanced teachers - check out the workshop offered with Facing History on March 23, "How was the Holocaust Humanly Possible? -Advanced Teacher Workshop.")

In this one-day workshop featuring the fully revised edition of Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
  • Tour the Holocaust Center’s exhibit, “With My Own Eyes” and traveling exhibition, “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey.”

 

Highlight: Advanced Teacher Workshop- How Was the Holocaust Humanly Possible? - With Facing History and Ourselves

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle | Register Now

Open to educators who have attended one or more professional development programs through the Holocaust Center for Humanity or Facing History and Ourselves.  (Other teachers - please check out the seminar on March 24, "Holocaust and Human Behavior.")

$20 registration fee. Dinner and clock hours provided. 

This workshop will explore some of the complex and difficult issues that focus on human behavior and historical and political circumstances that surround the steps that led to the Holocaust.
We will examine such questions such as:

  • What were the preconditions that led to an unfolding of genocide?
  • How was it possible for neighbor to turn against neighbor? How could human beings exist in a dual universe of living a “normal” family life and murdering other human beings? 
  • How could people who were moral barometers in society (doctors, lawyers, and teachers) participate in a culture of killing? 
  • What might this history suggest about the future? 
  • As educators, what can we do to motivate our students to become active in prevention of human rights violations?

Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the Holocaust Center’s exhibit, “With My Own Eyes” and traveling exhibition, “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey.”

The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey - Exhibit

GeorgeBike2March 8 - May 24 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | Plan Your Visit

More than three generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of an irrepressible little brown monkey known in this country as “Curious George.” But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H. A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II.

Created by artist Allen Drummond from the Houghton Mifflin book by Louise Borden (“The Journey that Saved Curious George”), the watercolor paintings depict the flight of Curious George’s creators - Margret and H. A. Rey - from Nazi Europe.

This exhibit is a fantastic way to connect a familiar and beloved literary character to lessons of history, and the dangers of religious persecution.

 

March 19 | Family Day 

Explore the exhibit with children of all ages and enjoy a day of Curious George activities including story time, passport stamping, coloring, stone painting, and more! Click here to register for family day!

 

Lunch & Learn: Josh Gortler, Refugee

Josh1March 22 | 11:30am-1:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Born in Poland, Josh Gortler will share his story of survival as a refugee child in Siberia and Uzbekistan during the Holocaust. 

Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies provided. Free for members. $10 for non-members. Space is limited. Reservations required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seats.

Photo: Josh Gortler, second from right

 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival: The Zookeeper's Wife

zookeepers wifeMarch 26 | 5:15pm | AMC Pacific Place, Seattle

Based on the true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.  Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity.  More info & Tickets

Seattle Jewish Film Festival: Big Sonia

Big-SoniaApril 2 | 6:40pm | SJCC, Mercer Island

Standing 4'8" tall, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City, with a personality that's larger than life. Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity  Learn more | Tickets

Lunch & Learn: Big Sonia and Leah Warshawski

Big-Sonia-and-Leah@April 3 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity

Regina Kort and Sonia Warshawski (from the movie Big Sonia) will give a presentation about Sonia’s history during the war. Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday (co-directors for Big Sonia) will also attend. 

Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies provided. Free for members. $10 for non-members. Space is limited. Reservations required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seats.

The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections Series: Conspiracy of Kindness

April 9 | 2:00-4:00pm | Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave. S, Seattle | Free and open to the public 

The legacy of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Performance by Alton Takiyama Chung. Post-performance panel: Alton Takiyama Chung, Lori Tsugawa Whaley, Ken Mochizuki, Dee Simon.

The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections series is presented in proud partnership by the Nisei Veterans Committee, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, the UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. This event is co-sponsored by Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church.

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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, April 23 | 10am-2pm | Open house at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity.

11:00am - Survivor Peter Metzelaar will share his story of a young boy in hiding in the Netherlands.
2:30pm - Henry Friedman tells of his experiences as a teen hiding in eastern Poland during the Holocaust.
3:30pm - Memorial service and candle lighting 

All events are free and open to the public. 

Planning your own Holocaust Remembrance program? Find useful resources for planning an event, a general template for a Holocaust Remembrance program, how to request a speaker, readings, activities, and short films HERE.

The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections Series: Japanese American Soldiers and the Liberation of Dachau

April 30 | 2:00-4:00pm | Nisei Veterans Hall, 1212 S. King St, Seattle | Free and open to the public 

Film showing of From Hawaii to the Holocaust: A Shared Moment in History. Video interview with Nisei veteran from Dachau. Tours of the Nisei Veterans Museum.

The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections series is presented in proud partnership by the Nisei Veterans Committee, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, the UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

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POLAND: Holocaust Study Tour 2017

June 25 - July 2, 2017 

 

Birkenau-brama-z-abiejREGISTER NOW!

Open to all! Educators and general public welcome. The Holocaust Center for Humanity invites you to explore the history and culture of Poland. Come with us to the places important in the history of the Holocaust and enter into a dialogue with local witnesses, experts, and educators.

Trip includes: Warsaw, Treblinka, Tykocin, Schindler’s Factory, Krakow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Shabbat dinner at the Krakow Jewish Community Center.

Day 1, Sun, June 25 - Arrive Warsaw • Welcome dinner
Day 2, Mon, June 26 - Warsaw
Day 3, Tue, June 27 - Warsaw • day trip to Treblinka and Tykocin
Day 4, Wed, June 28 - Warsaw • train to Krakow
Day 5, Thu, June 29 - Krakow
Day 6, Fri, June 30 - Krakow • afternoon visit to Auschwitz • Shabbat dinner
Day 7, Sat, July 1 - Krakow • morning visit to Birkenau • Closing dinner
Day 8, Sun, July 2 - Depart Krakow

We begin our travel in Poland in Warsaw. In 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded and World War II began, Warsaw was home to the largest Jewish community in the world. We will walk through the remnants of its prewar streets, its wartime Jewish ghetto and memorials, and explore newly built POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 

We will travel east to the evolving memorial site of the Treblinka death camp. From there we visit the village of Tykocin and its preserved baroque synagogue built in 1642, one of the very first Jewish sites to be restored in Poland. 

Traveling south to Krakow we will explore the architectural and cultural renewal of the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Over a two day period we will visit the memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau. On Friday night, we will share a Shabbat dinner with the small but lively Jewish community at the Krakow Jewish Community Center. 

At each stop will have opportunity to meet with local leaders, educators, and others involved in Holocaust education.

Flyer (PDF) 

Detailed Itinerary and Pricing

Costs

$2945 - Land package price per person, based on double occupancy

Single room supplement: $765


Costs are based on a group size of 15 and include: trip manager/special guide, entry fees, local guides, 7 nights at 5 star hotels, daily breakfasts and 9 additional meals, land travel (train and private bus), and baggage handling at hotels and railway stations. Airfare and recommended travel insurance not included.

Educators: 70 clock hours available at no additional charge. Limited scholarships funds may be available for teachers. To find out more, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

$500 deposit required by January 13, 2017. Full payment required by May 1, 2017.

With My Own Eyes: The Holocaust through Stories of Local Survivors - Exhibit

WMOE Exhibit ImageOngoing | Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm | On display at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity.

Through stories and artifacts of local Washington State Holocaust survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in the history of the Holocaust and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference.

Plan Your Visit!

General Admission | Student Groups | Adult Groups

 

1.5 Million Stones to Remember the 1.5 Million Children

at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity

The Holocaust Center for Humanity invites you to paint a stone to remember one of the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust.

Selected stones will be placed at the Anne Frank Tree, which is planted in the Seattle Center's Peace Garden. This activity will be available during the museum's open hours and for field trips.