The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Welcome to the 23rd issue of Teaching the Legacy. This edition commemorates fifty years since Adolf Eichmann was tried and convicted in a Jerusalem courtroom. We have included articles about the trial and how it affected the Israeli communal narrative. Since the trial was the first time where survivor testimony was heard publicly in Israel, we have interviewed Dr. Dori Laub who has spent much of his life interviewing survivors, placing importance on oral history. In addition, we are featuring our new online educational sub-site to mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). As always, 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 Eichmann Trial: Introduction and Suggestions for Classroom Use”
This article gives background history on the notorious Adolf Eichmann, his capture, and trial. It also provides some tools for using this as a topic in classroom lessons and discussion.
This website, new for Yom Hashoah, features the story of the Jews from Salonika, Greece. Based on the testimony film about Holocaust survivor Ovadia Baruch, this learning environment delves into the food, culture, and religious aspects of prewar Greek Jewish life, and follows them through their deportation to concentration and death camps, mainly to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Focusing on interdisciplinary tools which can be used in the classroom, students can follow Ovadia through his life via film clips, while reading detailed descriptions of the prewar and Holocaust periods in Greece. In an effort to remember communities that were nearly wiped out by the Nazis, this educational aid will help teachers and students gain a better understanding of one particular community.
What’s New at Yad Vashem
- New additions to “Transports to Extinction: Shoah (Holocaust) Deportation Database” – 122 new transport lists were recently added to this database, which was put online several months ago. 79 of these transports were from Prague to Terezin from November 1941 until June 1943 and 43 transports went from Vienna and other Austrian cities from 1943 until the end of the war. This new addition brings the total amount to 175 transports accessible through the Yad Vashem website.
- “Anonymous No Longer” – This online exhibit features photographs of men, women, and children who have been identified since the opening of the new Holocaust History Museum in 2005.
- “The Untold Stories:” The Murder Sites of the Jews in the Occupied Territories of the Former USSR – This online exhibition focuses on the fates of the mid-sized and smaller communities, as well as documentation on the nearby murder sites in the German occupied areas of the former Soviet Union.
Interview with Dr. Dori Laub
Read this interview with Dr. Dori Laub, a child survivor and professor of psychiatry at Yale University. He discusses the importance of interviews, how to conduct them properly, and some of the experiences he has had interviewing Holocaust survivors.
“Fifty Years Since the Eichmann Trial”
This piece, extracted from a lecture given by Professor Chana Yablonka, provides details about how Eichmann’s investigation and trial were conducted, and lends insight into how the Eichmann trial effected the Israeli public.
What’s New on the International School for Holocaust Studies Website
- “To Remember Their Faces” – This teacher’s guide uses prewar photographs to provide a tool for educators looking to introduce the subject of the Holocaust to students ages 11-17. This is an effort to maintain the humanity of the victims of the Holocaust, and to not only think in terms of numbers, but also in terms of real people who were similar to many adults and children today.
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies
In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public.
New publications from Yad Vashem and the International School for Holocaust Studies.
Editorial Board: Shulamit Imber, Dorit Novak, Dana Porath, Naama Shik
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