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Atrocity Studies and Holocaust Education

The human catastrophe of genocide scarred the 20th century world and continues to open new and old wounds in the 21st. However, it remains strikingly understudied in K-12 curricula. Our mission is to enhance education, cultural production and public memory about the incidence of genocide—past and present—through professional development for educators, arts and cultural events, and interdisciplinary symposia.

Rachel Brown, Associate Professor
rfbrown@syr.edu|315.443.5672
Rachel Brown
Julia White, Assistant Professor
jmwhit02@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Julia White
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Upcoming Events › Holocaust Education

March 2020

“The Roma Case for Reparations” with Margareta (Magda) Matache

Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
010 Crouse Hinds Hall, 900 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Zell Lecture sponsored by the Minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice The call for reparations as a critical element in healing and accountability for state wrongs has mobilized many constituencies across the globe in the past decades. Drawing from the enslavement of Roma on the territory of Romania and anti-Roma collective injustice, Dr. Matache will examine the concept of reparations and focus on translating theory into possible strategies to heal and repair past and present harm and to prevent future…

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Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Educators

“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

Teaching 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 program takes place each year at a six-day intensive institute at the Holocaust Museum Houston in Houston, Texas. Lectures by and discussions with nationally recognized Holocaust scholars will provide the historical and pedagogical context for understanding the Holocaust and its implications for contemporary society. Conversations with Holocaust survivors provide opportunities to appreciate the personal context of the Holocaust. Follow-up seminars are also held during the spring semester with Syracuse University faculty. Spector/Warren Fellows leave the program with:

  • 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 Spector/Warren Fellowship is open to undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education, counseling, or student affairs. The Fellowships will be limited to twenty participants. Fellowship funding covers all expenses including round-trip transportation to Houston, housing, meals, special events, and all classroom materials.

2019 Alumni Fellowship

The Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting an alumni institute from August 1-4, 2019. This institute is open for Warren Fellows and Spector/Warren Fellows from 2003-2018. Applications must be received by noon CDT, May 15, 2019, and selected Alumni Fellows will be notified by May 25, 2019. Travel, lodging, meals and materials are provided.

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.