Perspectives photo collage

June 19-22, 2017

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

The Holocaust is often seen and taught as an event with a singular perspective. Part of the effort of personalizing the history is to see how the same historical event impacted individuals in unique and varied ways. These 3-hour workshops examine the experience of the Holocaust through a few of the many perspectives of those who lived through it. They will focus on choiceless choices faced by Jews from across Europe, perpetrators of the Holocaust, and liberators.

Each workshop will feature primary source documents and resources for classroom use. A registration fee of $10 per session, or $30 for the entire series, includes all necessary materials.

Participants who register and attend all 4 sessions are eligible to earn 1 hour of continuing education credit from Baker University. An additional enrollment fee, payable to Baker University, will be collected separately.


June 19, 2017 – Jewish Life in the Ghettos of Occupied Poland

The ghettos were the last place Polish Jews functioned as families and communities. In the midst of deteriorating conditions and extreme hardship they sought not just to survive, but to live. This session explores not only the cyclical conditions designed to undermine these communities but the means employed by the Jewish community to sustain their lives and their culture.

1389.3 Holocaust B

June 20, 2017 – Jewish Life in the Camps

With their families and communities destroyed, Jews in the Nazi camp system faced difficult labor in harsh conditions designed to ultimately cause their deaths. In this context they operated under a system of choiceless choices, never truly knowing if their decisions would help them survive or not. This session will explore the life of Jews in the Nazi camp system.

Reinhard Heydrich

June 21, 2017 – Perpetrators of the Final Solution

As mass murder commenced along the Eastern Front throughout 1941, Nazi leaders in Berlin were making preparations for a “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” Throughout that summer orders were given, decisions were made and methods were tested in preparation for the establishment of six killing centers. This session explores the perspective of these men and women responsible for the decision making and implementation of the expanded killing operation.

liberation at mauthausen

June 22, 2017 – Holocaust Liberators

As the German army retreated toward the interior of Germany in 1945, the death and forced labor camps in the East were evacuated and the prisoners sent on death marches toward the concentration camps in Germany. Conditions in these concentration camps, which were never intended to house the large numbers of prisoners flooding into them, quickly deteriorated. It is here that the majority of Holocaust survivors were liberated. This session explores the perspectives of liberators on both fronts as they encountered the Holocaust for the first time.

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