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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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2014 Teaching the Holocaust

March 20–21, 2014

Keynote speaker

Cipora Katz is a child survivor of the Holocaust. She was born in Siemiatycze, Poland in 1938. At the age of four, she was saved by a brave Polish family who hid her in a potato silo. She currently serves on the Speakers' Bureau of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. She has dedicated her life to educating young and old alike about standing up against bigotry, intolerance, and hatred.

Other Presenters

Karen Shawn is Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University and Senior Fellow of Azrieli's Institute for University-School Partnership. A former public school English teacher and middle school assistant principal in a Jewish day school, she taught for a decade at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute for Educators from Abroad and served as the educational consultant for the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters' Museum. The founder of the Holocaust Educators' Consortium, an international, interreligious Community of Practice, she has spoken and written extensively on Holocaust education. The author of the widely-used text The End of Innocence: Anne Frank and the Holocaust (1992, NY; ADL), her most recent edited volumes are an anthology of Holocaust narratives and an accompanying teacher's guide entitled The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust Through Narrative (Shawn & Goldfrad, 2008, Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press). She is co-editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, a new journal from Yeshiva University.

Stephen Feinberg was the Special Assistant for Education Programs in the National Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., from 2009–2011. As director of the National Outreach program at the Museum from 2000–2009, he was responsible for the creation, design, and implementation of the Museum's entire national educational outreach program. From 1996–2000, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education (ITF) from 1999–2011, working extensively with the ITF Educational Working Group. In addition to conducting teacher training programs across the U.S., he has also coordinated or participated in programs internationally in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

He joined the Museum's staff in Washington in 1996, but had been an educational consultant for the Museum since 1990. He is the co-editor, along with Dr. Samuel Totten, of Teaching and Studying The Holocaust (Allyn & Bacon, 2000).

Prior to his work at the Museum, he was a Social Studies teacher in public and private schools in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France. Feinberg received an undergraduate degree in history from UCLA and a master's degree in education from Harvard University.

Workshop Coordinator

Darryle Clott, History Instructor/Ethics in Leadership Associate, Viterbo University

Presenters

  • Cipora Katz, Holocaust Survivor
  • Dr. Karen Shawn, Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University
  • Steve Feinberg, Former Special Assistant for the Education Programs in the National Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, Program Coordinator, Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program
  • Dr. Gregory Wegner, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 
  • Dr. Dean Stroud, Professor Emeritus of German Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Rabbi Simcha Prombaum, Congregation Sons of Abraham 
  • Susan Hessel, Personal Historian 
  • Sonja Larson, senior music major at Viterbo University

Holocaust Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Holocaust Educators' Workshop—2014 Graduate Credit Assignment

Assignments and Requirements

  1. Read The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow by Krystyna Chiger and Daniel Paisner. (Available on Amazon)
  2. Attend the Teaching the Holocaust Workshop on March 20–21, 2014, including the keynote presentation by Cipora Katz on the evening of March 20.
  3. Write a typed reflection paper describing how the book spoke to you.
    Do NOT write a summary. Bring the paper with you to the workshop on March 20.
  4. Write a typed paper consisting of a one-paragraph reflection on each of the presenters at the workshop.

This is due April 4, 2014, and can be sent via email to darryleclott@charter.net or mailed to:
Darryle Clott
2526 West Bank Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601

Teaching the Holocaust Syllabus 2014 (pdf)

Read the La Crosse Tribune story about the 2012 workshop here.

Comments from past presenters

"My observation of, and participation in, such a forum as the Holocaust Educators' Workshop at Viterbo University is a major learning event for me. To be exposed to Holocaust scholars working in this field and survivors who bring an immediacy to the subject is key. The workshop is superbly organized, with time for both concentration and reflection. The annual topics themselves are timely, reflecting the changing nature of Holocaust studies. Area teachers are no doubt the chief beneficiaries, but the community at large should consider itself fortunate to have such an ongoing program in its midst."
Bill Younglove, Instructor/Teacher Supervisor, California State University Long Beach

"Over the past 20 years, I had the privilege of speaking in 12 states at some 200 venues, middle and high schools, universities, teacher seminars, churches and synagogues with audiences ranging from a dozen to just short of 200. But none of my speaking engagements compares with my experience at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Never before did I receive as much local media coverage as I did in La Crosse: phone interviews, live and prerecorded TV interviews and press coverage. A great credit to your PR savvy especially so because Holocaust messages often are a hard sell. Viterbo University's commitment to the moral and ethical significance of the topic had its pay-off that Friday evening when the auditorium was filled to near capacity with some 850 citizens curious to hear me speak of my Holocaust experience and the vital role played by rescuers. Mrs. Darryle Clott's leadership and commitment to the Holocaust Teachers' Workshop held annually at Viterbo University is unique in my experience and was evident wherever I looked. Viterbo University was an unknown entity to me prior to my visit to La Crosse. It no longer is and will never be forgotten. 
Thank you so very much for having invited me to be part of the Holocaust Educators' Workshop." 
—Peter Feigl, Holocaust Survivor

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