Holocaust Center for Humanity


Allyship and Implications of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust and Japanese American Incarceration

November 7, 2024 (Zoom presentation) and November 8-10, 2024 (In person workshop)

Naomi Kawamura (Executive Director, Densho) and Paul Regelbrugge (Director of Education, Holocaust Center for Humanity (HCH))
Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI)

In this immersive 3-day workshop, following an introductory Zoom presentation by Naomi Kawamura on November 7th open to all who are interested, participants will explore the dynamics of cultural memory, what influences our collective understanding of history, and how memory is shaped by diverse experiences, perspectives, and contexts. We will delve into the memorialization of the Holocaust and the Japanese American wartime incarceration to explore how and why different communities remember the past, how memory can contribute to individual and group identities, the role of museums, memorials, and archives in preserving and transmitting memory, and the intersections of historical traumas. The workshop presenters hope that these explorations will shed light on the complexities and interconnectedness of shared histories, underlining the importance of allyship, empathy, and solidarity in our pursuit of a more inclusive understanding of the past to inform our present civic responsibilities.

This program is open to the public, with priority consideration given to educators for the in-person component as space is limited.

When and Where:

  • Zoom presentation by Naomi Kawamura, November 7, 2024, 4:00-5:00 pm PT 
  • November 8, 2024 5:00-8:00pm (including dinner) at HCH
  • November 9, 2024 8:30-8:00pm (including lunch and dinner) at HCH and excursion to Bainbridge Island)
  • November 10, 2024 8:30-2:30pm (including lunch) at Densho

Speakers Include:

  • Nora Krug, author of Belonging
  • Josh Tuininga, author of We Are Not Strangers
  • Naomi Kawamura (Densho)
  • Paul Regelbrugge (HCH)

Participation Fee:

$100 due upon acceptance to the program.  ($50 will be returned upon completion of the workshop.)

Clock Hours:

Washington state teachers will earn one clock hour for attendance at the Zoom presentation on November 7th, and up to 18 hours for participation in the workshop. A PD Enroller link is forthcoming, and will be provided.


All meals during the workshop from November 8-10, including snacks and light breakfast items will be provided.


Participants who are accepted to the workshop and pay their participation fee (see above) will receive four books: Belonging, by Nora Krug, We Are Not Strangers, by Josh Tuininga, More than any Child should Know, by Paul Regelbrugge and Julia Thompson, Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in WWII, by Daniel James Brown

Travel Stipend:

Educators coming from outside the greater Seattle area are eligible to obtain a travel stipend up to $150.

To register for the November 7th Zoom presentation and/or to apply for the November 8-10 in person workshop please click the button below.


Applications due October 20, 2024.