TEACHING THE PAST IN THE FUTURE:HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
A Centropa Teachers’ Seminar
University of South CarolinaColumbia, SC 13-14 April 2019
Join us for our first-ever Centropa seminar bringing together German and South Carolina educators, where you will:
Who we are: Centropa (www.centropa.org) is a Jewish historical institute based in the US and Europe. Our teams interviewed 1,200 elderly Jews living in 15 European countries—but we never used video, and we didn’t focus solely on the Holocaust. Instead, we asked them to tell us stories about the entire century as they lived it—and we scanned over 20,000 of their old family pictures. We bring history to life for students by making it personal.
Registration fee: $25 ~ Deadline for applying: Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Questions? Please contact Centropa’s US Education Director, Lauren Granite, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Particpants will receive 10 contact hours for recertification credit.
Saturday, April 13
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:30 – 11:00 Why we study history, by Anthony Ludwig, Charleston teacher who has been to Germany with Centropa
11:00 – 11:15 We screen The Ones I Lost, a 4 minute Centropa film. Ed Serotta describes Centropa: Where personal stories meet the enormity of history
11:15 -11:45 Teaching the Holocaust in Germany. A Bavarian perspective, by Robert Sigel
11:45 – 12:15 Teaching the Holocaust in South Carolina, by Charles Vaughan
12:15– 12:45 Discussion and Q & A
12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 A teacher’s and student’s perspective: Daniel Hess teaches in the Friedrich-Rückert-Gymnasium. He and one of his students will tell us about their Forget Me Not project. Includes Q&A
2:00 – 2:30 Using personal stories in class We screen a film, Zahor, narrated by Eli, a 17-year-old Israeli living in Hoffenheim, where he is enrolled as a star football (soccer) player. He tells us the story of one family from Hoffenheim and what happened to them. (Eli narrates the film in English, German and in Hebrew).
2:30-3:00 Panel discussion: three SC Centropa teachers who were in Berlin will speak of what they got out of their Summer Academy experience.
3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break
3:30– 4:30 We screen a film that a teacher made with her students in which in one section the students read off the Nuremberg Laws. In the other, they read off Jim Crow Laws. We discuss: can one equate these two periods?
5:00 – 6:15 Dinner in Columbia
6:30 - 8:30 On coming to terms with the past. Dr. Stefanie Pilzweger-Steiner, Senior Research Advisor at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and Professor Dr. Matthias Stickler, Scientific Director Institute of History, Julius-MaximiliansUniversity of Würzburg. They will speak of what it is like to deal with Germany’s past.
Sunday, April 14
9:30 – 10:30 When governments fail, civil society steps in: Sarajevo in the 1990s Survival in Sarajevo: Friendship in a Time of War tells how, when the city of Sarajevo was besieged, a small band of Holocaust survivors set up a nonsectarian humanitarian aid agency, which was run by Jews and Muslims, Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholics. Teachers speak of how they use this story in class.
10:30- 11:30 The Marketplace of Ideas. Three Centropa teachers stand in separate corners of the room and all the other teachers visit each of them for ten minutes each so the Centropa teachers can show the Centropabased lesson plan they use with their students. Follow up with discussion.
11:30 – 12:00 Jewish life in Germany today. Levi Ufferfilge, a teacher in the Munich Jewish school, will speak of Germany’s Jewish community today. In conversation with Edward Serotta
12:00 – 12:30 Three things every teacher needs to know about Centropa: how to use our database, where to find our Bullying Page, and where to find our multimedia films.
12:30 – 1:00 Wrap up, conclusions, end.