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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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2012 Teaching Holocaust

March 22–23, 2012

Alexandra Zapruder

Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served as the researcher for the museum's exhibition for young visitors, Remember the Children: Daniel's Story, and went on to become Assistant Director of the Oral History Department, recording the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. She earned a master's degree in education at Harvard University in 1995 and returned to Washington in 1996 to work on the creation of a traveling version of Remember the Children.

In 1992, Alexandra began researching diaries written by young people during the Holocaust. Ten years later, her work resulted in the publication of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She wrote and co-produced I'm Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on Salvaged Pages, which aired on MTV in May 2005. The film was awarded the Jewish Image Award for Best Television Special by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. It was also nominated for two Emmy awards.

Alexandra has classroom teacher sources posted. Click here to view what is posted.

Peter Feigl

Peter Feigl is the only diarist of the fourteen listed in Alexandra's book still alive. His work One Man, Two Voices: Peter Feigl's Diary and Testimony

Educational resource currently under development for the USC Schoah Foundation Institute's website. Designed as a presentation model for teachers to use with their students, this collection of primary sources includes the pairing of Feigl's wartime diary with his post-war video testimony as a Holocaust survivor. Also included are previously unpublished letters, forms, and photos to offer students a broader perspective and additional context for Feigl's war-time experiences. The project seeks to engage students in historical inquiry and to foster an enduring personal connection with wartime diarist and Holocaust survivor, Peter Feigl.

See Interview with Peter Feigl, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History Foundation

Other Presenters

  • Darryle Clott, Viterbo History Instructor/Ethics in Leadership Associate
  • Steve Feinberg, Director, Special Assistant for Education Programs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Rabbi Simcha Prombaum, Congregation Sons of Abraham
  • John Regnier, Concentration Camp Liberator

Holocaust workshop schedule

Teaching the Holocaust Course Syllabus (pdf)