STUDENT EDUCATION DAYS 

GRADES 11-12

Wednesday, April 7th 

9:00am- 2:45pm

Antisemitism: Here and Now

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

9:00am - 10:00am (Eastern)

 

Two years ago, the world was rocked by the heinous shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Suddenly, the world was exposed to what Jews around the world have known all along - that antisemitism didn't disappear when the Holocaust ended. This program will premiere a short film about the impact of antisemitism on 3 generations in 3 countries - from the Holocaust to today. Students will then hear from expert Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt about contemporary antisemitism and Holocaust denial. 

 

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust for close to 40 years. The author of six books and numerous articles, she is probably most widely known because of the libel lawsuit brought against her (1996) by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. Irving then was then arguably the world’s leading denier. After a ten-week trial in London (2000), in an overwhelming victory for Professor Lipstadt, the judge found Irving to be a “neo-Nazi polemicist” who “perverts” history and engages in “racist” and “anti-Semitic” discourse. The Daily Telegraph (London) described the trial as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations."  The Times (London) described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." According to the New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." The movie Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkenson, tells the story of this legal battle. Professor Lipstadt was also a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust.

Virtual History Tour of the Montreal Holocaust Museum

Monique MacLeod, Montréal Holocaust Museum

10:15am - 11:15am (Eastern)

This dynamic presentation will explore the history of the Holocaust and highlight the process of genocide by showcasing key artefacts and videos of survivor testimony from our permanent exhibition. Looking at the experiences of Jewish communities before, during and after the Holocaust, we invite students to reflect on the destruction caused by prejudice, racism and antisemitism.

 

Monique MacLeod is the Head of Education at the Montreal Holocaust Museum. She holds an M. Ed. from York University and has developed educational programming for museums and community organizations for the past 10 years.

Just added! ASK MAX: Join the World Premiere Beta Test of "Dimensions in Testimony" with Holocaust Survivor, Max Eisen

Kia Hays, USC Shoah Foundation & Max Eisen, Holocaust Survivor

11:30am - 12:15pm

Participate in the World Premiere of Toronto-based Holocaust survivor Max Eisen’s interactive Dimensions in Testimony interview from USC Shoah Foundation. During this session, you and your students will be able to ask questions directly to Max’s testimony, and the questions you ask will improve the AI (artificial intelligence) system behind it.

Survivor Lounge

Elly Gotz, Holocaust Survivor (interviewed by Dori Ekstein)

12:30pm - 1:30pm (Eastern)

Students will spend time hearing from Holocaust survivor, Elly Gotz

White Supremacy & Hate in Social Media

Shannon Martinez, Classrooms Without Borders

1:45pm - 2:45pm (Eastern)

In this workshop, students will improve their skills for effectively identifying and responding to racist, antisemitic, hateful, and violent content on social media and gaming platforms. Research for this program is continuously updated by teen consultants, to ensure relevancy of trending game and chat apps, and recent hateful occurrences. 

Shannon Martinez spent 5 years as a neo-Nazi skinhead. Now, she works to deradicalize people who are still in the movement. Shannon will share her experiences and ideas for identifying and responding to racist, antisemitic, hate- and violence-based content on social media and gaming platforms. Shannon Martinez is the program manager and co-founder of the Free Radical Project, an Illinois-based non-profit that helps people disengage from extremism and "build a more equitable and just future.”

Thursday, April 8th

9:00am- 2:45pm

The Righteous Among the Nations

Noam Gitin, Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre

9:00am - 10:00am (Eastern)

In this program, students will be introduced to the concept of the Righteous Among the Nations, an official title given by Yad Vashem, which honours non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save someone who was Jewish.  The lecture will look at examples of different people who are honoured, from across Europe with different profiles and examine the courage, bravery and humanity of those Righteous. 

Having grown up in the United States, Noam Gitin made Aliyah to Israel in 1996. She earned a Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Jewish History at Hebrew University. Noam is also a certified tour guide by Israel's Ministry of Tourism. Having completed the Ministry of Education's course for Poland guides, Noam leads Israeli youth groups in Poland, guiding 11th and 12th graders in what are challenging and meaningful experiences in learning about the Holocaust.  Noam first became involved with Yad Vashem in 2008 when she became a guide. In 2010 she began working at Yad Vashem as the Senior Guiding Coordinator in Yad Vashem's Guiding Department. Currently, Noam Gitin is the Head of Overseas Groups and Young Leadership Section in the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, where she is responsible for all the educational groups visiting Yad Vashem from abroad.

Survivor Lounge

Pinchas Gutter, Holocaust Survivor (interviewed by Dori Ekstein)

10:15am - 11:15am (Eastern)

Students will spend time hearing from Holocaust survivor, Pinchas Gutter.

Just added! ASK MAX: Join the World Premiere Beta Test of "Dimensions in Testimony" with Holocaust Survivor, Max Eisen

Anne Kelly, USC Shoah Foundation & Max Eisen, Holocaust Survivor

11:30am - 12:15pm

Participate in the World Premiere of Toronto-based Holocaust survivor Max Eisen’s interactive Dimensions in Testimony interview from USC Shoah Foundation. During this session, you and your students will be able to ask questions directly to Max’s testimony, and the questions you ask will improve the AI (artificial intelligence) system behind it.

Finding Your Power, Using Your Voice, and Healing the World

Jordana Lebowitz, ShadowLight

12:30pm - 1:30pm (Eastern)

Jordana bridges a personal connection between history and today’s generation by engaging them in active learning and transmitting fundamental messages about what the Holocaust means to us today and what we can do about this history now. Having attended a Nazi trial and pursued successful initiatives related to her passion, she is able to convey the messages that she learned as a young person, which allows for a natural connection to form between her and other young people/students.  By building this connection, students are inspired and empowered to personally take initiative to help shape a better world.

 

Jordana Lebowitz was inspired to become an advocate for Holocaust remembrance and human rights after participating in the March of the Living when she was 16 years old.  She then attended the trial of convicted former Nazi officer Oskar Groening in 2015 and co-authored a novel about her experiences there with established Holocaust author Kathy Kacer. She has completed placements at the Museum of Tolerance in California, the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Australia and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in Montreal.  In 2015 she brought a replica of a Holocaust cattle car to the University of Guelph during Holocaust Education Week and set up an interactive exhibit inside. It was visited by more than 2,000 people over two days. She is now working as an educator in the Holocaust Outreach Programme at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Jordana creates interactive programming on the topic of the Holocaust and social justice and conducts book tours worldwide about her experiences witnessing one of the last Nazi trials.  She presented as a speaker and Master of Ceremonies at the 2018 United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony. She is a recent Bachelor of Psychology graduate from the University of Guelph and is pursuing a Masters of Education in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Southern California. 

Reflecting on Resilience and Perseverance through Testimony

Lesly Culp, USC Shoah Foundation

1:45pm - 2:45pm (Eastern)

The stories of survivors, witnesses, and liberators of the Holocaust provides us the opportunity to not only learn about history, but also to reflect on how we foster our own resilience and persevere our goals.  Join us for this special session featuring USC Shoah Foundations’  Dimensions in Testimony interactive biographies which allows participants to ask questions that prompt real time responses from the pre-recorded video testimony of Holocaust Survivor, Pinchas Gutter.

Lesly Culp is the Head of Educational Programs at USC Shoah Foundation. She leads testimony-based educational programs - content development, professional development and student engagement. She leverages her 25 years of educational experiences to inform the design and development of digital resources and to collaborate with international partners. She earned both her B.A. in English, and her M.A. in Education from the University of Southern California and is a National Board-Certified educator.