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Holocaust and Genocide 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
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Rachel Brown
Julia White, Assistant Professor
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Julia White
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Past Events › Holocaust Education

April 2014

Humble Humanitarianism: The Case for Non-Military Humanitarian Intervention

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
304 Tolley Humanities Building, University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Benjamin Valentino is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His research interests include the causes and consequences of violent conflict and American foreign and security policies. At Dartmouth he teaches courses on international relations, international security, American foreign policy, the causes and prevention of genocide and serves as co-director the Government Department Honors Program. Professor Valentino's book, Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century, received the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for making an exceptional…

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Causes and Consequences of Genocide

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Winnick Hillel Center, 102 Walnut Pl
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

Benjamin Valentino is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His research interests include the causes and consequences of violent conflict and American foreign and security policies. At Dartmouth he teaches courses on international relations, international security, American foreign policy, the causes and prevention of genocide and serves as co-director the Government Department Honors Program. Professor Valentino's book, Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century, received the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for making an exceptional…

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Beyond Hierarchies of Suffering: Jews and Other Victim

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Winnick Hillel Center, 102 Walnut Pl
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

Doris Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. Her book War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust is widely used in courses on the Holocaust.

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September 2014

“Eugenics to Auschwitz” and “Myths and Misconceptions”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Winnick Hillel Center, 102 Walnut Pl
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

Dieter Kuntz of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC will present a two-part workshop. From Eugenics to Auschwitz: The Origins and Evolution of Nazi Racial Theory and Murderous Population Policy Dr. Dieter Kuntz examines the influence of early 20th Century biological science on the Nazis' concepts of race, and traces the evolution of the Third Reich's application of racial theory that culminated in mass murder. The motivations and ethics of physicians and scientists who collaborated with the…

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October 2014

Using IWitness: Bringing Survivor Testimony Into the Classroom

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Winnick Hillel Center, 102 Walnut Pl
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

We are rapidly approaching a time when there will be no survivors of the Holocaust to tell their stories. IWitness, from the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education, has over 1,000 video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses that can be accessed by you and used in your classrooms. It provides a framework that allows students to develop multileracy skills and to construct their own multimedia Holocaust projects buttressed by eyewitness testimony. This…

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January 2015

Hawthorne Quartet and Jim Schantz

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, Waverly Ave & S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

For nearly 10 years Syracuse University’s School of Education has been providing programs to enhance education and public memory about the Holocaust and genocide through programs for students in the School of Education, professional development workshops for teachers, interdisciplinary university symposia, and lectures and cultural events for the community. In 2015 they will again partner with Symphoria to bring the music of composers whose works were banned by the Nazis to Syracuse. The School of Education invites the Hawthorne String…

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October 2015

10 Years of the Spector/Warren Fellowship (Orange Central)

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Peter Graham Scholarship Commons, Bird Library, 222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

A discussion on the future of Holocaust Education with Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation. Since 2006, The Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Educators has helped future teachers bring the lessons of the Holocaust into the classroom. More than 180 alumni and faculty have participated in this program presented by the School of Education and the Holocaust Museum Houston, with support from the Spector Family Foundation.

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March 2016

Echoes and Reflections: Advanced Topics

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Winnick Hillel Center, 102 Walnut Pl
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. This program prepared educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives. This workshop is recommended for those who have already attended an introductory Echoes and Reflections workshop. This event will cover…

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March 2017

Echoes & Reflections at Syracuse University

Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Winnick Hillel Center, 102 Walnut Pl
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

Echoes and Reflections: interactive, multi-disciplinary curriculum that engages students with compelling video testimonies from survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Developed by Yad Vashem, the Shoah Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League, Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for…

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Echoes and Reflections at Baker High School

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Charles W. Baker High School, 29 E Oneida St
Syracuse, NY 13027 United States

Echoes and Reflections: interactive, multi-disciplinary curriculum that engages students with compelling video testimonies from survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Developed by Yad Vashem, the Shoah Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League, Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for…

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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.