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Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Educators

students review documents and other artifacts in a glass case at the holocaust museum houstonTeaching about the Holocaust provides the opportunity to examine the basic moral issue of what it means to be a responsible citizen in a democratic society. Studying the Holocaust brings understanding to the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and the value of encouraging tolerance and diversity in society.

The 2022 Spector/Warren Fellowship was held May 22-27. Check back this fall for information and the application for the 2023 Fellowship.

The Spector/Warren Fellowship is for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education, counseling, or student affairs. During this 5-day intensive program at the Holocaust Museum Houston, students will engage with nationally recognized scholars and Holocaust survivors to explore historical, pedagogical, and personal contexts for understanding the Holocaust. Fellows will benefit from enhanced knowledge including:

  • Awareness and understanding of Holocaust history.
  • Understanding the perspectives of victims, bystanders, perpetrators, and rescuers.
  • Strategies for introducing the universal lessons of the Holocaust in the classroom.
  • Awareness and understanding of the Holocaust’s portrayal in the media.
  • Learning how to teach about the Holocaust within the broader framework of contemporary genocide, prejudice, and intolerance.

The Fellowship will cover all expenses including round-trip transportation, housing, meals, special events and classroom materials.

Contact

Julia M. White, Associate Professor
jmwhit02@syr.edu|315.443.9321
Julia M. White

“There are only a few programs I have participated in which I can say that I have memories that I will never forget. It is hard to describe the emotion of looking into the eyes and hearing the voices of those who survived the horrors of the holocaust. Now I can say and really mean, never forget.”
– Justin Freedman, 2014 Spector/Warren Fellow

naomi warren and a fellow pose in the holocaust museum houston's memorial room
Naomi Warren (left) with a 2014 Spector/Warren Fellow

About Naomi Warren

The Warren and Spector families established the Fellowship for Future Educators to honor Naomi Warren, by preparing future teachers with approaches for bringing Holocaust education into the classroom. Naomi Warren overcame her own personal tragedy to become a symbol of perseverance, determination and success. Born in Eastern Poland, she survived three concentration camps during the Holocaust. Her first husband, Alexander Rosenbaum, died in Auschwitz in 1942, but Naomi survived the war and immigrated to the United States in 1946. She married Holocaust survivor Martin Warren, and together the couple raised a family and established a successful import company. After her husband’s death, she continued to run the business until her retirement in 2002.