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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
News from the International Seminars in the English Department(July, 2011)


In May and June, 2011, Ephraim Kaye responded to the requests of the graduates of our first Seminar for Chinese Educators and traveled to Hong Kong, Macao, Shanghai, Nanjing, Keifeng and Xian. Moving almost daily from place to place, he not only met with graduates but also met with potential participants for the next seminar, which will take place in October, 2011. His teaching schedule was very hectic but he managed to share many of our resources with the Chinese. One particular highlight was the Ovadia Baruch DVD – May Your Memory Be Love. This was presented all over China with subtitles in Chinese. This is the first of the Witnesses in Education DVD’s to be translated into Chinese.

After China, Ephraim went on to Australia where he met with our graduates and funders and initiated two graduate seminars – one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. This was an initiative of the school in cooperation with our benefactors. Both John Gandel and Phil Symons of the Raoul Wallenberg B’nai Brith organization were in attendance. Over 40 graduates took part in these reunions.

Steffie McMahon-Kaye was sent to the USA to conduct educational workshops on Echoes and Reflections at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, at Kennesaw University and at the Holocaust Museum in Bremen in Atlanta. She met with over 85 educators.

Some people talk about the long hot summer. We have the long full summer. On June 30th a group of 11 Canadian journalists arrived for a week-long seminar supported by the Adelson Family Foundation. This was an initiative of the Canadian Society of Yad Vashem. The seminar was the culmination of long hours of planning by Yaron Ashkenazi of the Canadian Society of Yad Vashem, Ephraim Kaye from the ISHS, and Esti Yaari, from the Media Deptartment at Yad Vashem.

The journalists were busy throughout the day with lectures at Yad Vashem and touring; the Sound and Light Show at the Tower of David Museum, and trips to Tel Aviv and Masada were part of their itinerary. A question and answer session with Mr. Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem, was of particular interest as it allowed the journalists to do what they do best – ask questions.

Next up in the department is the Summer International Seminar, (July 10- 28) which this year will host 41 participants from nine different countries.

For more information about upcoming seminars, you can visit the English Department website.