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Designed for middle, junior, and senior high teachers, the Center’s 2015 Educator Workshop utilizes the highly acclaimed resource “Echoes and Reflections” to prepare teachers to teach the complex history of the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement, critical thinking and personal understanding among students. The comprehensive multimedia program includes a rich array of interactive resources to use in the classroom.
Special workshop presentation by Ela Weissberger, Holocaust Survivor – Weissberger will share stories of the years that she, her sister and her mother were held in Theresienstadt, the camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia, where Nazis shipped many artists, musicians, children and the elderly during World War II. It was one of the few camps that the Nazis would open to International Red Cross Inspectors. In advance of such visits, Nazis would have ordered prisoners to perform concerts as a way to prove they were being treated well. One of the concerts, which was performed 55 times in the camp, was the children’s opera, “Brundibar,” a thinly disguised fable in which powerless animals and children are able to get the better of the town bully, a stand-in for the Nazis. Weissberger played the part of “Cat” in those performances.
The workshop is limited to 35 participants. An optional BSU continuing education credit is available by completing three online modules that examine how to link the study of the Holocaust with lessons on being an upstander.
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