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Teaching the Legacy: e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
News from the International Seminars in the English Department (January, 2012)


The fall of 2011 has been a busy one in the International Seminars Department. After Sukkot the second seminar for 30 Chinese educators commenced. This is a project that began in 2010 through the generosity of the Adelson Family. These educators came primarily from mainland China for a 16 day seminar, that included touring to the north of Israel and other historical sites of interest including Masada.

November also saw another in an on-going series of unique seminars for Holocaust survivors. This five day training seminar allows survivors to interact with other survivors and a professional staff and program that allows them to hone skills that allow them and their audiences to benefit from their stories. This particular seminar hosted 17 survivors of camps, ghettos, and places of hiding.

As we look forward to the New Year, we are preparing for a seminar for Australian educators who come to us through the generosity of the Gandel scholarship for educators from Australia and the Pauline Glass scholarships for educators from Victoria. This 16-day seminar will take place in January with 25 participants. A 10-day seminar for 31 educators from South America will also take place in January. Following these activities, February will see our first seminar for educators from Taiwan. This is a new venue for the department and we look forward to hosting 25 teachers and professors. It is our hope that this seminar will continue to be in the schedule in the years to come.