ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TEACHERS: INTRODUCING LIBERATION75'S EDUCATOR TOOLKIT!
We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts you have been making to teach your students in innovative ways! We cannot imagine the creative stamina required to educate our youth online.
Sadly, we can no longer see you and your students in person for Liberation75. However, we still wanted you to be able to offer your students best-in-class Holocaust and genocide-related education through our educational partners – so we have compiled free online teaching resources for you to use. Each resource has been carefully curated by experts in Holocaust/genocide studies and labelled by age. Some resources are available in French. You will find these resources on the Liberation75 Educator Toolkit on our website at www.liberation75.org/educator-toolkit.
Most content is for middle- and high-school students, but we also feature content for primary-school children. Featured lessons range from one-time stand-alone lessons to full units/courses with built-in assignments and activities. Resources also vary in their academic and creative approaches.
We will continue to add resources to this Toolkit, which currently features more than 15 fantastic options from the USC Shoah Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, Anne Frank House, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Fighting Antisemitism Together (FAST), Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Montreal Holocaust Museum, Historica Canada, Echoes & Reflections, Second Story Press, and The Memory Project. A main contact for questions, assistance, or feedback is included in each resource description.
Now, more than ever, the lessons of the Holocaust remain paramount. The 75th anniversary of Liberation reminds us of the need to fight hate, racism and antisemitism – and to create a caring society. We hope these resources will help you achieve your goals, and make your life a little easier.
We wish you luck and strength as you continue to adapt and persevere.
I WILL TELL YOUR STORY SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
Despite our decision to postpone the physical Liberation75 event due to health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to continue our #IWillTellYourStory social media campaign.
There are fewer than 100,000 Jews still alive today who were in camps, ghettos and living secretly under Nazi occupation, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. These aging survivors are the last generation of witnesses to the Holocaust. Who will tell their stories when these survivors are no longer able to? WE will tell their stories.
#IWillTellYourStory is a social media campaign designed to inspire and engage people of all ages, backgrounds and religions to publish a spoken or written promise to continue telling the story of a specific Holocaust Survivor. This is done through posting a short video and/or a photograph and caption.
Please click here to watch a video about the #IWillTellYourStory campaign, and scroll through recent #IWillTellYourStory posts on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Six million pledges/posts to honour the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust
The Survivor you choose can be a family member, someone you have connected with in your community, or somebody you have never even met. You may choose somebody living today, or somebody who is no longer with us. If you do not know a Survivor, please contact us, and we will match you with one.
Pledges may be made alone or in groups. If possible, your Survivor may accompany you in your photo/video!
Publish your pledge on your own social media pages, or e-mail with your photo/video and caption for us to post!
Please hashtag #IWillTellYourStory #Liberation75
...and tag us!
This is a crucial time in history.
Holocaust survivors are aging. Funding for Holocaust educational initiatives is declining. At the same time, incidents of antisemitism are on the rise. It has never been more important to find new and innovative ways of reaching and inspiring people, both within and outside of the Jewish community, to pledge our support to Holocaust remembrance and to carry forward the stories of survivors.
#IWillTellYourStory is a call-to-action for the entire Jewish community and beyond. Join the movement!
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and stay safe!