The International School for Holocaust Studies
Echoes and Reflections Educator Video Toolboxes
Teaching about the Holocaust can be challenging. The topic is complex and the task may seem overwhelming. In order to support effective teaching about the Holocaust using Echoes and Reflections, Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies created the Educator Video Toolbox, specifically aligned with the Echoes and Reflections program. The short films focus on methodological and pedagogical suggestions, and are discussed in this article. Read More...
On History and Fiction: An Interview With Melvin Jules Bukiet
Melvin Jules Bukiet is an award-winning author, literary critic and professor. He believes that more people know about history because of novels they've read than because of history books, whether the historians like it or not. In this interview, he explains why. His reasoning supports the strategies used by Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, and the pedagogical approach used by Echoes and Reflections: to tell the human story behind the Holocaust. Read More...
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Interview with Alexander Bogen
Alexander Bogen was born in 1916 in Dorf, Estonia to the Katzenbogen family. Bogen studied painting and sculpting in the Faculty of Art at the Vilna University. After Lithuania was captured by the Nazis, he joined a partisan unit at Narotz Forest and infiltrated the Vilna Ghetto shortly before its liquidation. In the ghetto, Bogen joined the United Partisan Organization (PPO), organized and smuggled groups of people from the ghetto to the forests, where they joined non-Jewish partisans. We met with Alexander Bogen in his studio in Tel Aviv. Read More
“The youth is the eternal hope of happiness for humanity… and it keeps losing it again and again."
An interview with artist Yehuda Bacon
Yehuda Bacon was born in Moravska Ostrava, Czechoslovakia on July 28, 1929. We met Artist Yehuda Bacon for an interview about growing up in the shadow of death in Terezin and in Auschwitz, about the rehabilitation period after the war, and the effect these had on him as an adult. Read More
In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public.
Echoes: Hearing the Voices of the Survivors
Shalom and welcome to the 35th issue of Teaching the Legacy. Some months ago, we lost Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz, number A-7713, prolific author, Nobel laureate and the voice of many survivors. Elie Wiesel once said, “For whoever listens to a witness becomes a witness.” It is in this spirit that we present the current edition of Teaching the Legacy. Read more...
Echoes and Reflections: Hearing the Voices of the Victims
The story of the Jewish victim is at the center of our study of the Holocaust – but how should we tell this story? What should we focus on? This article describes the guiding pedagogy of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, and of the Echoes and Reflections program for US educators. Read More...
“By Chance I am still alive…”
Interview with Shela Altaraz
On Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day in 2015, Shela Altaraz was one of the Torchlighters along with five others. Altaraz, the sole survivor of the Jewish community of Stip, Macedonia, that perished in Treblinka, says “until today, on the deportation lists, I am registered as deceased along with my entire family. I haven’t corrected that Rochale Tzion died in Treblinka with the rest of her family.” Read More
What's New at the International School for Holocaust Studies
New Videos on the Holocaust Education Video Toolbox: The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabbes Underground Archive
During World War II, the clandestine Oyneg Shabbes archive operated in the Warsaw Ghetto, founded and overseen by historian and social-political activist, Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum. For the Holocaust Education Video Toolbox project, five videos were devoted to the voices of the archive members. The videos are based on their own writings, describing the historical and human events in the first person. The six archive members featured in these videos convey different perspectives from within Oyneg Shabbes, together creating a complex picture of the archive's activity, faced as it was with the impending fate of the Jews in Warsaw under Nazi rule.
- Graduate Spotlight: Ms. Stella Kalle, from Greece
- In late November 2016, a group of 27 Yad Vashem seminar graduates from all over the European Union traveled to Sered', Slovakia to take part in a professional development seminar. Sered' is one of the only authentic Holocaust-era sites in Slovakia, and a new memorial museum was inaugurated there in January 2016. Taking place under the banner of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, Yad Vashem coordinated the seminar in partnership with the Slovak government and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. In the course of the seminar, the graduates familiarized themselves with the history of the Holocaust in Slovakia, discussed opportunities and strategies for regional cooperation, and addressed contemporary challenges in Holocaust education. This is the second pan-European graduate seminar that Yad Vashem has organized in Europe, following the success of the pilot in Rome in December 2014.
- A summer seminar for American teachers who use Echoes and Reflections will take place at Yad Vashem from July 10, 2017 to July 19, 2017 (an application form will be made available shortly on the Echoes & Reflections page). For more information, please contact Sheryl Ochayon.
Editorial Board: Shulamit Imber, Eyal Kaminka, Dana Porath, Naama Shik
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