The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Welcome to the 22nd issue of Teaching the Legacy. This edition is a continuation of the topic addressed in our previous e-newsletter "Jews in Southeast Europe." In this issue we will focus on the unique Jewish communities in Ioannina, Greece, and Albania. The e-newsletter includes a main article on the uplifting story of Albania, as well as an interview with Artemis Batis Miron, a survivor from Ioannina’s Romaniote Jewish community. Included is also a story about an artifact from Bulgaria, with an explanation about how it can be used in the classroom. The newsletter features new publications, book reviews, and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and across Yad Vashem. We hope you find this issue interesting and resourceful and we look forward to your feedback.
“Where Religious Prejudice and Hate Did Not Exist” – Jews in Albania
This article highlights the history of Jews in Albania and the survival of all Jews living in Albania during World War II. It discusses the benefits of teaching this topic in the classroom and provides a list of resources that can be used when teaching about Albania and, more generally, the topic of Righteous Among the Nations.
Jews of Ioannina – A Teacher’s Guide
Our teacher's guide presents a set of slides about the Romaniote Jews of Ioannina, Greece, to be used in the classroom alongside the interview included in this newsletter.
What’s New at Yad Vashem
- The Story of the Jewish Community in Mir – This online exhibition delves into the history of the Mir community before the Holocaust, during the Holocaust, and its commemoration today.
- Transports to Extinction: Shoah (Holocaust) Deportation Database – This new database focuses on the transports and allows users to locate people within our database based on their transport numbers.
- Monastir: The Story of a Sepharadic Community in Macedonia – Online exhibition touching on the theme of the last two e-newsletters.
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies
- Activity updates from the European Department at the International School for Holocaust Studies, including seminars and workshops in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2011.
New publications from Yad Vashem and the International School for Holocaust Studies.
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Interview with Artemis Batis Miron
Read this interview with Artemis Batis Miron, a survivor from Ioannina, Greece. Her story is intertwined with explanations about her Romaniote community as well as photographs of her family.
Artifacts from the Holocaust:
A Yellow Star of David Button
With the German occupation in 1941, Bulgarian Jews were forced to wear yellow "Stars of David" similar to the artifact presented here. Sonia Koperwaser's uncle made her a pin from the button that she used to wear on her clothes.
Holocaust Issues - Israel's ITF Chairmanship Project
Israel has assumed the 2010-11 Chairmanship of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF). The flagship project is "Holocaust Issues," featuring filmed video lectures and Q&A sessions on contemporary Holocaust issues, including "Antisemitism Today," "The Holocaust and Genocide," "The Holocaust and Minority Rights," "Holocaust Denial," "Dealing with the Past," and more.
What’s New on the International School for Holocaust Studies Website
- New Online Course with Gmul Hishtalmut: "Prewar Jewish Life in Europe" – Registration is open for the next online course eligible for Israeli professional development credit hours (gmul hishtalmut). The course, "Prewar Jewish Life in Europe (Gmul)" will begin February 14th, 2011, and run through August 2011.
- Projects of our Seminar Graduates – Every year, the International School for Holocaust Studies holds hundreds of seminars and conferences, in dozens of languages, for educators and students in Israel and around the word. Featured here are some of the School's seminar graduates, and what they have a achieved since their studies at Yad Vashem.
In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public.