The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Welcome to the 18th issue of Teaching the Legacy. This edition focuses on the subject of women and resistance during the Holocaust. The e-newsletter includes a main article on this theme, as well as an article on women who served as couriers. We also include a teacher’s guide on Dan Pagis’ most famous poem (see below). The newsletter features new publications, book reviews and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and across Yad Vashem. We hope you find this issue interesting and resourceful and we look forward to your feedback.
The Female Couriers During the Holocaust
The story of the female couriers of Nazi-occupied Europe is a story of resistance that has largely remained in the shadows, yet it is a story of incredible bravery exhibited by a group of Jewish girls and women. Thisarticle discusses how the girls served as a lifeline between Jewish communities throughout war-torn Europe. Read more
Dan Pagis: “Written in Pencil in the Sealed Freightcar” – Teacher’s Guide
In his shortest poem, Dan Pagis uses the metaphor of the biblical story of Cain and Abel to present ideas on the Holocaust. In this teacher's guide, we discuss possible directions for teaching this poem in the classroom. Read more
What’s New at Yad Vashem?
Holocaust-related research and literature of interest to educators and the general public.
New publications from Yad Vashem and the International School for Holocaust Studies. Read more
“They Each Made a Difference”: Women and Resistance during the Holocaust
Our main article highlights the importance of studying and teaching the topic of women who resisted during the Holocaust. Teachers may use the resources presented here as well as the examples of some of these heroic women, to present a new outlook on gender roles and on the Holocaust in the classroom. Read more
Artifacts from the Holocaust: Shoe and Mittens of the Toddler Hinda Cohen
Hinda Cohen's parents lost their daughter in the Holocaust, but always kept her memory alive through her shoe and mittens, which were left behind when she was deported to Auschwitz. Looking at artifacts that survived the Holocaust can start a journey of discovery. Read more
What’s New on the International School for Holocaust Studies Website?
- January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Auschwitz-Birkenau
The United Nations has designated January 27 as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust. This site contains educational materials for teachers and students, focusing on the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp.
- Signposts: Students Shaping Memory
For the third consecutive year, the International School is exhibiting postcards designed by students at The Neri Bloomfield Wizo Academy of Design and Education, as part of a joint annual initiative. The new designs can be viewed here on our website.
- Updates from the European Department
Editorial Board: Richelle Budd-Caplan, Shulamit Imber, Prof. Dan Michman, Dorit Novak, Dana Porath, Naama Shik
Editors: Jonathan Clapsaddle, Yael Weinstock
Writing Staff: Limor Bar-Ilan, Kathryn Berman, Jackie Metzger, Arièle Nahmias, Sheryl Ochayon, Yael Weinstock
Production and Design: Eviatar Biton, Liz Elsby, Mayana Sebbah, Jeremy Zauder
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