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Teaching the Holocaust

Summer Institute will be held on-site at Illinois Holocaust Museum.

July 17 – July 21 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

During this intensive, five-day seminar, participants will learn about teaching techniques, methods and resources to teach Holocaust history to their students. The course will include multi-media presentations, guest speakers, and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with state  and national standards. Educators will be equipped to return to their classrooms with deeper knowledge of the Holocaust and rich pedagogical resources. The program will enable them to investigate with their students the ramifications of prejudice, racism and indifference, and the role of the individual in  nurturing and protecting democratic values and human rights.

• Learn why, how, what, when and where the Holocaust took place, including key political, social, and economic factors that impacted the times that led up to and culminated in the “final solution.”

• Explore concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, racism, antisemitism, obedience to authority, decision-making, and justice.

• Use resources including film, interactive text and graphics, diaries, and firstperson accounts to actively engage students with the ideas of those involved in the Holocaust and provide a personal dimension to the historical narrative.


Applications must be received no later than Monday, June 26, 2023

Marion Kaplan

Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University

Dr. Marion Kaplan is a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for her books: The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (New York, Oxford University Press, 1991); Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (Oxford University Press, 1998); and Gender and Jewish History, co-edited with Deborah Dash Moore (Indiana, 2011).

Ethel Brooks 

Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University

Dr. Ethel Brooks is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University. She has conducted research on a host of sites around the world including in London, Istanbul, Fall River, San Salvador, Dhaka and York City. Professor Brooks is currently working on two book projects: Disrupting the Nation: Land Tenure, Productivity and the Possibilities of a Romani Post-Coloniality, and (Mis)Recognitions and (Un)Acknowledgements: Visualities, Productivities and the Contours of Romani Feminism, both of which focus on political economy and cultural production and the increasing violence against Romani (Gypsy) citizens worldwide.

Daniel Greene

President and Librarian of the Newberry Library; Curator of Americans and the Holocaust exhibition at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Daniel Greene curated Americans and the Holocaust, an exhibition that opened in April 2018 at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Greene’s co-edited (with Edward Phillips) book, Americans and the Holocaust: A Reader, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2022. The exhibition also inspired The U.S. and the Holocaust, a documentary film directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein that aired on PBS in September 2022. Greene served as an advisor and appeared in the film.

Edward Westermann 

Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Dr. Edward B. Westermann has published extensively on the Holocaust and military history, and he is the author of Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (Oklahoma, 2016), Hitler’s Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (Kansas, 2005), Flak: German Anti-aircraft Defenses, 1914-1945 (Kansas, 2001) and the co-editor of Expeditionary Police Advising and Militarization: Building Security in a Fractured World (Helion, 2018) and Air Force Advising and Assistance: Developing Airpower in Client States (Helion, 2018).  He has won numerous teaching awards and was inducted into Texas A&M University-System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators in 2018.  Dr. Westermann’s areas of expertise include modern European history, the Holocaust, and war and society.

Kierra Crago-Schneider 

Campus Outreach Program Officer at U.S.  Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Crago-Schneider cultivates interdisciplinary approaches to the Holocaust that are relevant to unique geographical regions in the United States and Canada. Active engagement and exploration, focusing on the range of racial persecution in North America and Europe during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, enlivens Holocaust studies and other related fields. Dr. Crago-Schneider’s research focuses on the relationships formed between Holocaust survivors living in Jewish-only displaced persons centers in Germany, American occupiers, international aid workers, and Germans from 1945–1957. Her research and writing examine the conditions, interactions, and continued antisemitism faced by Jewish survivors in the wake of their liberation.

What to Expect

  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 30 Clock Hours (CPDUs)
  • Graduate Credit Available through National Louis University (at an additional cost)
  • 2 Lane Credits

Financial Assistance

Full or partial financial assistance for tuition will be available for teachers with demonstrated need. Click here for application.

Questions? Contact us.

Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853

Program Sponsor

Education Services are supported with generous grants from: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Bank of America; The Bill Bass Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation; Niles Township Government; PNC; Regions Bank; Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation; State Farm; Steans Family Foundation; Women’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Vivo Foundation, Full Circle Foundation

Additional endowment support is provided by: The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund; The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund; Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund; Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment; Teachers Educational Endowment Fund.

With Assistance from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against
Sponsored by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”
Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Finance

Photo credits: Kathleen Hinkel

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