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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
News from the European Department (July, 2011)


Work with Swiss Pre-Service Teachers

Dr. Peter Gautschi, Switzerland; Richelle Budd Caplan and Dr. Noa Mkayton, Yad Vashem, April 2011 Dr. Peter Gautschi, Switzerland; Richelle Budd Caplan and Dr. Noa Mkayton, Yad Vashem, April 2011

In April 2011, a first-ever cooperation agreement was signed between Yad Vashem and the Pedagogical University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland to promote learning and teaching about the Holocaust in Switzerland. A tailor-made seminar for students specializing in didactic methods will be coordinated in September 2011 at the International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) at Yad Vashem as part of their studies. This university is considered to be one of the leading pedagogical institutions in Switzerland.

Dorit Novak, Director of ISHS, noted, “This cooperation signifies an important development in the training of Swiss pre-service teachers. We are very pleased to be working with Professor Peter Gautschi on this initiative and look forward to collaborating with their team and well as the students — the teachers of tomorrow.”

For more information about the programming of the European Department, click here.

The Educational Impact of Yad Vashem Teaching Materials: “I Wanted to Fly Like a Butterfly”

Book excerpt: "For two years I did not go near a window - I would always crawl underneath. For two years Hanka and Basha did not bring home any friends. It was strictly forbidden to tell anyone that we were in the apartment. It was a secret that was a matter of life and death."

“I Wanted to Fly Like a Butterfly”, a tender story about the Holocaust geared for primary school students, focuses on the personal story of Hannah Gofrit and her family during the Holocaust. The book has been translated into seven languages, and is used as an educational resource throughout Israel and around the globe.

Educators from around the world teach in their classrooms about how Hannah Gofrit and her mother struggled on a daily basis to survive in Poland under German occupation. At the end of the book, readers are invited to correspond with Gofrit, a retired nurse living in Tel Aviv. We have highlighted some examples of pictures and letters that Gofrit has recently received from German and Austrian students.

Class 6-D, Germany Class 6-D, Germany

Class 6-D, Germany Class 6-D, Germany

Lisa, Upper Austria Lisa, Upper Austria

Class G-H, Städt. Realschule, Oelde, Germany Class G-H, Städt. Realschule, Oelde, Germany