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

WMOE Exhibit ImageNovember 6, 2016 - August 2017 | 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.

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General Admission | Student Groups | Adult Groups

1,500 Stones to Remember 1.5 Million Children

at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity
Join us at the Holocaust Center to paint stones honoring the 1,500,000 children lost during the Holocaust. The stones will be placed at the Anne Frank Tree, which is planted in the Seattle Center's Peace Garden. This activity will be offered every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

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POLAND: Holocaust Study Tour 2017

June 25 - July 2, 2017 

 

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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.

AMSTERDAM: Memory and Memorial - A Holocaust study trip for students

Amsterdam-StudentTrip-2017-imageJuly 1 - 10, 2017 | For students in grades 8-12 | Offered by the Holocaust Center for Humanity and Museum Without Walls | Apply Now

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Itinerary

MEMORY: Explore the world of Anne Frank on an in-depth tour of her life in Amsterdam. Visit Anne Frank’s neighborhood and school, and take a private tour through the Anne Frank House — the Annex in which she and her family hid for two years.

MEMORIAL: The one-of-a-kind experience gives students a private audience with a Holocaust survivor whom students will be able to interview for a special memorial project. The students will take part in the Stolpersteine Project, a global art project created “to remind us of the fate of people who were persecuted, murdered, deported, expelled or driven to suicide during the Nazi period.”

Stolpersteine (Stumbling Blocks) are bronze cobblestone bricks placed in front of the homes of Holocaust victims. More than 50,000 stolpersteine have been set in 18 European countries. Memory and Memorial is an opportunity to be a part of one of the first US student groups involved in this powerful project.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a current student in grades 8–12
  • Interested and eager to learn more about

the Holocaust, human rights, genocide,
and related issues

  • Works well with others of all ages
  • Committed to plan and carry out the research for a future Stolpersteine (Stumbling Blocks) project honoring a local Holocaust survivor
  • Able to participate in meetings at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle. One meeting each month, from March 2017 to June 2017
  • Can commit to any follow-up work needed to complete the project
  • Can travel July 1–July 10 to The Netherlands

 

APPLICATION

To apply, please complete the application. Email or mail your application and a $400 deposit to:

Museum Without Walls
Attn: Suzzanne Lacey
2560 9th Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119

Deadline for application: February 1, 2017

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Children & Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Share Their Families' Stories

Torahthon  - December 10, 2016 | 6:50pm - 7:50pm. | Herzl Ner Tamid, Mercer Island | More Info & Registration

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is working with the children and grandchildren of survivors to help them learn and share the stories of their families. In this course, two children of survivors, Michal Lotzkar and Naomi Newman, will talk about the process of uncovering their parents’ stories, finding the documents, and the challenge of confronting their family histories. These new speakers are part of the Holocaust Center’s growing Speakers Bureau, sharing these stories with students throughout the Pacific Northwest. Moderated by Dr. Laurie Warshal Cohen, Special Projects, Holocaust Center for Humanity. 

Torahthon is an evening of courses on diverse Jewish subjects featuring an esteemed faculty of clergy, professors and experts.

In addition to intriguing courses, the evening includes: dinner and refreshments throughout the night; a Chanukah gift fair with Juaica, jewelry, accessories, books, and more; a warm havdalah service; and a keynote address by Rabbi Moshe Edelman, creator of Torahthon. 

Fee: $36 for the full evening. Complimentary for students. (Students must be under 23 or have a valid student ID.)

All are welcome. More information and registration. 

Writing, Art & Film Contest 2017

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Open to students in grades 6-12 in WA, OR, ID, MT & AK. 

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In Memory of Jacob Friedman

Batsheva Dance Company Performing "Last Work" - benefitting the Holocaust Center

Batsheva HCH eCardFebruary 11, 2017 | Paramount Theater
Tel Avi-based Batsheva Dance Company will be performing the acclaimed "Last Work." Use code HCHBS at checkout and 20% of your ticket proceeds will be donated to the Holocaust Center.

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Reason to See It:
BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world.

Photo credit: Gadi Dagon.

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.”

 

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.”

Powell Holocaust Summer Institute: Teaching for Humanity

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

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

The Journey that Saved Curious George: Margaret and H.A. Rey's Wartime Escape - Exhibit

GeorgeBike2March 2017  - May 2017 | 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 water color paintings depict the plight 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.

1,500 Stones to Remember the 1.5 Million Children

Join us at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity to paint stones honoring the 1,500,000 children lost during the Holocaust. The stones will be placed at the Anne Frank Tree, which is planted in the Seattle Center's Peace Garden. This activity will be offered every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is one of 11 U.S. organizations that received a sapling from the original Anne Frank Tree in Amsterdam. The sapling was planted in 2016 at the Seattle Center and was dedicated to the city of Seattle. (More about the Anne Frank Tree)

Stones painted by participating children will be placed at the base of the Anne Frank tree as an act of remembrance and hope. In the Jewish faith, stones are placed as symbols of life and memory.

During their visit to the Holocaust Center, children and their families can explore the Center’s current exhibition and artifacts from local Holocaust survivors and their families. exhibit includes artifacts on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.

The exhibition challenges visitors to consider how each of us makes a difference through our words and actions. 

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