June 11-14, 2018

Conference Room B
Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street
Overland Park, Kansas

Open to 7th-12th grade educators

The Holocaust is often seen and taught as an event with a singular perspective. Part of the effort to personalize the history is to see how the same historical event impacted individuals in unique and varied ways. These workshops examine the experience of the Holocaust through a few of the many perspectives of those who lived through it. They will focus on the policy and experience of perpetration based on geography – specifically focusing on Eastern Europe.

Each workshop will feature primary source documents and resources for classroom use. Pending availability, a survivor representing a specific geographic experience will be interviewed during each session.

A registration fee of $20 per session, or $60 for the entire series, includes all necessary materials. Register for the complete series or choose individual sessions as described below.

This course is approved for 2 hours of Baker University Continuing Education Credit. Participants who enroll and attend all 4 sessions are eligible for that credit which requires an additional fee payable to Baker. Register for Baker credit HERE. 

1389.8 Holocaust C

June 11, 2018 – The Holocaust in Germany

German Jews experienced six years of increasing persecution before World War II officially began in Europe. These years applied unique pressures on that community but also afforded it an important window of time in which to take action to leave Germany and, sometimes, even Europe. For those who did not manage to secure their emigration from Germany, the Holocaust unfolded differently than anywhere else in Europe. This session will explore the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in Germany.


June 12, 2018 – The Holocaust in Poland

Beginning with the Nazi invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, Polish Jews faced immediate persecution and acts of violence. Their experiences of the Holocaust which included war-time occupation, ghettoization, forced labor and the first deportations to killing centers resulted in a 90% death rate. This session will explore these unique factors of the Holocaust in Poland with an emphasis on the Operation Reinhard killing centers.


June 13, 2018 – The Holocaust in the Soviet Union

Operation Barbarosa brought total war and genocide to the Jews of eastern Poland and the Soviet Union. As the German armies conquered territory moving eastward, special squads called the Einsatzgruppen implemented the first genocidal policies of the Holocaust as they conducted mass shootings. This shift in German policy resulted in a unique set of circumstances ranging from mass murder to the flight of refugees deep into the Soviet Union where they often faced persecution by a different oppressor. This session will explore the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.


June 14, 2018 – The Holocaust in Hungary

In 1944 there was one remaining, largely intact Jewish community left in Europe. The Jews of Hungary, living in an Axis country, had faced discrimination and persecution at the hands of the Hungarians, but the country had not been occupied and the Jews had not been deported. That all changed in the spring of 1944, when in the course of fewer than three months, the country was occupied and its Jewish population was deported and largely murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This represented the height of the capabilities of the industrial killing complex and a specific and concerted effort by the Nazis to reach this community before the war was lost. This session will explore the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in Hungary.


June 11-14, 2018 – Complete Series

Funding for MCHE’s 2017-2018 school programs and teacher education opportunities is provided, in part, by an allocation from the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.

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