The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Shalom and welcome to the 31st issue of Teaching the Legacy.
This year marks 70 years since the destruction of Hungarian Jewry. As such, we have dedicated this newsletter to the tragedy of Hungarian Jewry, which literally occurred at the last moment in the Holocaust. In fact, what makes the Holocaust in Hungary unique is that over half a million Hungarian Jews were murdered in such a short time, beginning in the spring of 1944 and continuing throughout the winter.
We have included articles that describe what was lost: two pieces in the newsletter describe Jewish life in Hungary before the war in two different cities – Budapest and Munkács.
Article – “Prewar Jewish Life in Munkács: A Brief History”
Interview with the Holocaust Survivor Peter Rosenfeld Span
Article – “‘Dear diary, I don’t want to die’ – The Diary of Éva Heyman. Teaching the Story of the Holocaust in Hungary Through One Diary”
Righteous Among the Nations:
This segment spotlights unique individuals who risked their lives in order to save Jews during the Holocaust. Here you can read the story of Raoul Wallenberg, a secretary in the Swedish Embassy in Budapest with full diplomatic privileges, who saved many Jews by issueing thousands of protective letters and providing Jews with safe houses.
View Yad Vashem’s newest publications.
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies
- European Department:
During the week of December 8-15, 2013 Yad Vashem hosted a first ever seminar for Roma Slovakian teachers on Holocaust education. The group of teachers and academics partook in a week long educational seminar and attended in-depth lectures at the International School for Holocaust Studies as well as took in-depth tours of the Yad Vashem campus. The range of topics discussed included teaching about the struggle for life between persecution and isolation, the Nazi camp system, educating about this historical period through inter-disciplinary methodology and the aftermath of the Holocaust.
For more information about the European Department, see here.
- International Seminars for Educators in the Jewish World Department: For more information about upcoming seminars, you can visit the Jewish World Department website.
- International Seminars in the English Department
The International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem is pleased to announce its upcoming 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education.
This conference will take place July 7-10, 2014 at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Please check the Yad Vashem website in the upcoming weeks for information on topics.
For more information about upcoming seminars, you can visit the English Department website.
Article – “Prewar Jewish Life in Budapest”
New Book - Conscripted Slaves: Hungarian Jewish Forced Laborers on the Eastern Front during the Second World War
Article – “Historical Background: The Jews of Hungary During the Holocaust”
The Hungarian Tragedy in Retrospect – Interviews with Professor Yehuda Bauer and Dr. Chava Baruch
We interviewed Professor Bauer and Dr. Baruch separately, getting their reactions to the same questions. In this article we have juxtaposed their answers to questions about the Holocaust in Hungary, looking back 70 years after the occurrence of these events, with the benefit of distance, scholarship and new understandings.
Article – “A Survivor Recovers the Boy He Was – Itamar Yaos-Kest Meets Peter Kest… Again”
Article – “The Shoes on the Danube Promenade – Commemoration of the Tragedy”
Film Review – “The Last Days”
In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public. In keeping with the emphasis on Hungarian Jewry, this newsletter will feature one book focusing on the tragedy of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust – Fateless by the Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész.
A second article features the book: Who Was Who In and Around the Secret Annexe? which was recently published by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
What’s New at Yad Vashem
From Survival to the Skies
- On November 4th, 2013, a special event was held at Yad Vashem, marking the conclusion of the project "From Survival to the Skies", the documentation of the stories of Holocaust survivors who went on to become pilots and personnel in the Israel Air Force. This project, in the course of which over 40 testimonies were recorded, was the joint endeavor of Yad Vashem and the From Survival to the Skies non-profit organization, and was initiated by former MK Col. (Res.) Eliezer (Cheetah) Cohen, who spoke at the event.
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