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Holocaust Education: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

September 11, 2022 | 1:00pm CDT

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As Holocaust denial, distortion, and antisemitism rise globally, educating about how and why the Holocaust happened and the ongoing dangers of hatred have never been more urgent. So how do educators in today’s classroom teach about the Holocaust, often a daunting task, that counters misconceptions, addresses common challenges, and does so in an edifying and empowering way?

Join Dr. Mark Gudgel as he answers these questions and more, sharing lessons from his new book, Think Higher, Feel Deeper – advice he once received from the late Elie Wiesel. In conversation with Kelley Szany, Senior Vice President of Education & Exhibitions (IHMEC), Gudgel will candidly share lessons learned from over 18 years teaching about the Holocaust in public schools, obstacles facing teachers today, and trends – both the good and bad – in education.  Whether a classroom teacher, a parent or grandparent, a student, or curious about the state of Holocaust education today, this conversation is not to be missed.   

“Think Higher, Feel Deeper is a stunning achievement that should quickly become an indispensable guidepost for educators.  A remarkably fresh, candid, and compassionate inside view of both the challenges and moments that come with teaching about the Holocaust and genocide.  Gudgel not only touches your heart, makes you laugh and cry, but leaves you empowered with an understanding that as an educator you can truly have an impact. I will continue to come back to this book over and over again.” –Kelley Szany, Vice President of Education & Exhibition, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center  

Community Partner: The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines


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