Tag Archives: World War II

Auschwitz: The Past is Present

This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015, Auschwitz: The Past is Present marks 70 years since the camp complex was liberated. The joint effort from The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education.  The program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause, according to its website.

Educators are invited to enter a contest for an opportunity to travel to participate in this event. According to Shoah and Discovery, you could be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience designed to deepen your historical understanding, develop digital and media literacies, and teach you how to effectively integrate testimony across your curriculum.  Click here to read through the steps carefully to the review application questions and video requirements. Contest ends October 3, 2014.

There is also an opportunity for students through a virtual field trip: “hear firsthand from survivors and witnesses returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.”

Visit www.pastispresentauschwitz.com for more information.

Learn More About the Post-War Lives of Holocaust Survivors

Did you know that after the Holocaust, the British government provided aid to over 700 child survivors? At least 20 of these children came under the nurturing care of Alice Goldberger, a German immigrant who fled to the United Kingdom at the outset of the war, at a children’s home called Weir Courtney. Hundreds of their writings and drawings—depicting happy scenes from their postwar lives—were donated to the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum by one of Alice’s former wards. Learn the extraordinary story behind these seemingly ordinary pages and the Museum’s efforts to preserve them from archivist Rebecca Erbelding of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is a free public lecture and Ms. Erbelding will be showing the children’s art in a PowerPoint presentation format. Here’s a bit more information:

Co-Sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and
The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis

Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Missouri

Please RSVP by Friday, March 21.

Upcoming Webinar Series offered by Facing History and Ourselves

facing history logoExplore Facing History themes & topics in live, interactive, facilitated online learning events. Features such as two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, and breakout rooms allow Facing History staff & scholars to engage with participants with the benefits of a traditional classroom in a virtual setting. All sessions are recorded for those who cannot attend the live event.

Here’s the available spring line up of free webinars:

Choices in Little Rock Web Tour | Tuesday, March 26 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate for Technology K.C. Kourtz and participants of our “Choices in Little Rock” online course on a guided tour of facinghistory.org. Discover new resources and learn where to find the resources explored in the “Choices in Little Rock” course, that will help bring American civil rights history to your classroom.

Holocaust and Human Behavior Web Tour | Monday, April 1 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate for Technology K.C. Kourtz and participants in the “Holocaust and Human Behavior” online course on a guided tour of facinghistory.org. Discover new resources and learn where to find resources explored in the “Holocaust and Human Behavior” course, that will help bring the history of the Holocaust to your classroom.

Survivor Testimony in the Classroom | Thursday, April 4 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate for Technology K.C. Kourtz for a tour of Facing History’s online survivor testimony pages and learn how to use these resources with students. Participants will discover materials and strategies for preparing students for a survivor classroom visit.

Choices in Little Rock and the Common Core State Standards |
Wednesday, April 10 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Program Associate Daniel Braunfeld as he explores with online course participants how “Choices in Little Rock” resources and teaching strategies align with the Common Core State Standards.

Holocaust and Human Behavior and the Common Core State Standards | Thursday, April 11 · 8 p.m. EDT
Join Facing History Senior Program Associate Jocelyn Stanton as she explores with online seminar participants how “Holocaust and Human Behavior” resources and teaching strategies align with the Common Core State Standards.

According to its website, Facing History engages nearly two million students annually through its network of more than 29,000 educators around the world and reaches the public and the broader educational market through community events and extensive online resources.

HEC-TV Live! Presents Survivor Stories of the Holocaust

HEC-TV Live! Presents Survivor Stories of the Holocaust

Dates:  January 26, 2011
Times: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT or 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT
Grade Levels: 7-12

What was it like to be a Jew in Europe prior to World War II?  How was your life different from non-Jews?  What did you know about the regime in Nazi Germany and what happened to you as a result of its rule?  What was it like to be sent away from your parents on the Kindertransport or to stay in your home country and be taken away to a concentration camp? What was life like in the camps? What did it mean to be liberated?  For this very special videoconference, take your study of World War II and the Holocaust to individuals who lived through them.  Ask these questions and more as you interact with Holocaust survivors.

Our focus in this interactive videoconference will not be exploring the historic details of World War II or the Holocaust, but it will be to provide students the rare and important opportunity to speak directly with those who lived during that time and survived to share their experiences with others. This program will come live from the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis. The program will also include information about resources available through the Center.

Register for this videoconference no later than January 19. MOREnet will bridge the event.

Videoconferences on World War II

Pearl Harbor today

There are many distance learning opportunities to learn about World War II. As the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor approaches, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the videoconferences offered by various content providers:

A Day of Infamy: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor from The National WWII Museum. Students explore Japanese and American motivations and actions through maps, primary sources, and role playing. For students in grades 5-12th. (The National WWII Museum conducts several videoconferences).

WWII – War in the Pacific from Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. While studying the role of the Battleship New Jersey in the Pacific, students will analyze the effect that the Iowa class battleships had on the morale of the average sailor, those on the home front, and the enemy. Short video clips of oral histories from those who served will enhance the educational experience, as well as clips of the battleship’s 16″ guns in action. For students in grades 4-9th.

Inside the Vault: The Curators Series from Pacific Historic Parks. This is a program that allows students to view artifacts that are currently not on display. Fuchida’s bible, silverware off the USS ARIZONA, the Jitterbug trophy awarded at the “Battle of Bands” December 6, 1941, Admiral Kidd’s cup holder. Also on display are rare images from the 14th Naval District Historic Photo Collection. These photos illustrate the development of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack and the massive salvage operation that followed. For students in grades 5-12th.

Auschwitz: Remembering the Holocaust from South Central Kansas Education Service Center High School students will examine the complexity of race and ethnic relations as experienced during the Holocaust through the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp. For students in grades 9-12th.