Teacher Forums

Teacher forums are open to the community at large, and there is no cost to attend. They are created to expand knowledge about the Holocaust and offer an opportunity for Professional Development (inservice) credits.
Forums begin at 6 PM, and last approximately two hours. A reception for teachers begins at 5:15.
These teacher forums provide an ongoing opportunity for educators and interested others to discuss the history, pedagogy and best practices that support Holocaust Education in a variety of classroom situations.

  • Some Were Neighbors - Collaborators During the Holocaust

    Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Mitch Bloomer

    The Holocaust would not have been possible without the participation of millions of people who chose to collaborate with the Nazis. They cooperated with the program of persecution in myriad small ways that kept the system functioning until the bitter end. How can we learn from Nazi era collaborators to help promote social responsibility today?

  • FORUM: The Jewish Refugee Crisis of the 1930’s

    Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Joanie Schirm

    The greatest opportunity to save lives in the Holocaust era was missed when the world failed to respond in a meaningful way to the Jewish refugee crisis created by the pre-war policies of Nazi Germany. Today, the world faces another refugee crisis as a result of political violence and war. Have we learned anything from the past or are we doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again?

    This evening’s program will focus on the factors that made helping the refugees more difficult. We will also welcome as our special guest, local author Joanie Schirm. Her book, Adventurers Against Their Will, tells the story of her father’s escape from Prague to Shanghai during the Nazi era. She used her father’s correspondence with his circle of endangered friends to recreate the pivotal events and the dramatic twists that shaped these refugees’ lives. Among the other topics of the evening will be:
    • An examination of the attitudes of people in potential host countries, then and now, toward refugees and migrants
    • A review of current efforts to deal with the refugee crisis and some possible paths forward
    • Strategies and lesson plans for bringing this topic into the classroom

  • Eva Braun

    Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Mitchell Bloomer

    Eva Braun: The Strange World of Hitler’s Bride

    Holocaust Center’s Education Forum co-sponsored by the Rosen JCC at The Rosen Jewish Community Center 11184 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836.

    We find it difficult to imagine why a young, attractive woman would become attached to a man like Hitler. Was she unaware of his horrifying activities? Smitten by his fame and charm? Love, perhaps?

    Although she was most often hidden from public view, there are enough first-hand accounts of this odd relationship to help us unravel the mystery of her unusual life and untimely death — and, in the process, learn some valuable lessons for today.

    Although this session focuses on Eva Braun, it actually serves as an opportunity to explore the vital question of why Adolf Hitler was popular with many Germans and why his movement commanded such a high level of allegiance. In many cases, the reasons are not obvious, but they are important to building a deeper understanding of the Holocaust era.

    Inservice points are available for this event!

    The Holocaust Center offers classroom programs, field trips, and teaching trunks for area classrooms. Please ask for more details!

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    Please feel free to arrive when you can. We understand that traffic is often difficult at this time of day. Guests are welcome! You do not need to be a teacher to attend.

  • The Nuremberg Trials and Beyond: The Elusive Search for Justice

    Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Mitch Bloomer

    The first Nuremberg War Crimes trial opened 70 years ago this month. It represents an imperfect but necessary pursuit of justice after the enormous crimes of the Holocaust. During this evening, we will explore the trial itself, the other trials that came before and after, and the larger legal issues that still have ramifications in the world today.
    Some of the questions that we will consider will be:
    • Were the trials fair under international law, or were they just an example of “victors’ justice”?
    • Why did the sentences vary so much in their relative leniency or severity?
    • How did the nature of subsequent trails change over time, even up to today?
    • What impact did the post-World War II trials have on international law and diplomacy going forward?
    • Were the trials successful in creating a safer and most just world? What work remains to be done?

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