This 4-day institute for educators centers on an exploration of the radicalization and evolution of Nazi policy – what Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg referred to as a process that began with mild measures and ended in drastic action. Offered in support of the exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away., the course will reference and expand on the exhibition, utilizing content-based lectures, guided viewing of the exhibit, and primary source documents appropriate for classroom use. The course will be taught by MCHE educators with one session taught by Mark Adams from the Truman Presidential Library and Museum.
Topics include: Antisemitism and prewar European Jews, the Nazi rise to power, propaganda, persecution of German Jews in the 1930s, ghettos, einsatzgruppen, the Final Solution, responses to the Holocaust and liberation and aftermath.
Teachers will leave this course with increased personal knowledge of Holocaust history, usable classroom activities, and age-appropriate resources which can support a student tour of the exhibition or be utilized as classroom education.
Content and activities are appropriate for 7th-12th grade educators only. A $50 registration fee, payable to the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, covers all course materials.
Capacity will be dictated by current Covid restrictions at the time of the course. Masks will be required and distancing will be in effect.