The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Welcome to the fifth issue of Teaching the Legacy, the e-newsletter of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. This issue focuses on January 27th, the date recently recognized by the United Nations as an international day of commemoration to honor Holocaust victims, and legislated as Holocaust Remembrance Day in eighteen countries. The main article is an interview conducted with Dr. Doron Avraham on the ICHEIC Program for Holocaust Education in Europe at Yad Vashem. This issue contains two lesson plans, for lower and higher grades, on the subject of children in the Holocaust. The e-newsletter also includes a section of book reviews, as well as updates on recent events and new services in the “What’s New” sections. We hope you will find this newsletter of interest and we look forward to your feedback.
The Image of Humanity in the Shadow of Death
This ceremony is designed to highlight responses of Jewish people trapped in the inhuman conditions within ghettos that had been created by Nazi Germany. Based on diaries and survivor testimonies, the voices of Jews who attempted to maintain their humanity in the face of unprecedented inhumanity will be highlighted. Many Jewish people in ghettos proved that the human spirit cannot be broken despite the most insurmountable circumstances. Read more
Compassion Within the Ghetto Walls
Trapped behind ghetto walls, the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto suffered from starvation and the Nazi decrees designed to dehumanize them. Jews, however, found many ways to help each other through these difficult times. This lesson plan will highlight some of the organizations that were established to coordinate social welfare activities. Read more
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies?
"To Transmit What They Have Learned"
An interview with Dr. Doron Avraham, former Director of the ICHEIC Program for Holocaust Education in Europe at Yad Vashem. His overview of the program remains inspiring for his colleagues in the European Department and around the world, who continue to meet and exceed the expectations presented here. Read more
"You're Probably Tired, Dear Diary" – Children's Diaries During the Holocaust
This lesson plan contains selected excerpts from the diaries of five children who lived and perished in the Holocaust. Through these diary entries, we will highlight some central stages many Jewish European children experienced: their pre-war existence; initial Nazi occupation; anti-Jewish decrees – the “badge of shame”, economic policies and disruption of schools; closure into ghettos or forced into hiding; daily life in the ghetto. Read more
Dear Diary, I Don't Want to Die
One-and-a-half million Jewish children were murdered in the Holocaust, the majority of them with no one to perpetuate their memory or even their names. This ceremony highlights excerpts from the diaries of three Jewish children, as well as poems and memoirs. In addition, it includes a selection of prayers that are appropriate for a religous ceremony. Read more
What’s New at Yad Vashem?
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