"Studying the Holocaust changed the way I make decisions." - Student

Friday, June 12, 2015

Introducing Julia

Hello everyone!  My name is Julia Thompson and I have just joined the staff of the Holocaust Center for Humanity as its first Education Outreach Associate.  I interned at the Center for the past two summers and am thrilled to be back in a full-time position!

I was born and raised in Seattle and recently graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a History degree.  While at Whitman I worked as a writing tutor as well as in the study abroad office, was involved in my sorority, and studied piano alongside my classes.  My honors thesis – inspired by my time at the Holocaust Center – focused on Jewish Displaced Persons and Allied policy in several DP camps in occupied Germany.

I am so excited to be working for the Center in its beautiful new building.  I will be working closely with Ilana on educational programs like teaching trunks, field trips, seminars, the Speakers Bureau, and more.  I look forward to reaching people all over the region through these amazing programs, and to help spread knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust and related topics.  I am extremely grateful to have this wonderful opportunity immediately after graduation.  It is truly an honor and a pleasure to be part of such an important organization in this community alongside so many dedicated, wonderful individuals!  I look forward to meeting you soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Magda Schaloum: Beloved Holocaust Survivor


Magda Altman Schaloum

Auschwitz survivor, Holocaust educator, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Magda Schaloum, 92, passed away on June 9, 2015.

Magda told her story of Holocaust survival to thousands of students, teachers and community groups in the Northwest as a member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Speakers Bureau.  She told her audiences-who were awed by her honesty and grace, that she wanted them to remember that they had heard her story of survival, so that they could say, ‘I have seen and heard a survivor.’”

Magda was born in Gyor, Hungary in 1922.  She was 22 years old when the Germans occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944.  The Nazis began systematically depriving Jews of their rights and forcing them to move into ghettos.  Magda, her mother and brother were deported to Auschwitz. When she and her mother were lined up for ‘selection,’ she tells students “Mother was sent to the left, and I was sent to the right. And I tried to run after my mother, and they grabbed me back and they said, ‘Just go ahead, she will go take a shower, and we will me So I yelled out, ‘I love you mom and I'll see you later.’ That was the last I saw my mother.”

Magda was then sent to Plaskow, the concentration camp in Schindler’s List.  After several months, she was sent back to Auschwitz, and it was at this time that she was tattooed with the number A-17170.

After working in several slave labor camps, Magda was finally liberated by the US Army in 1945.  While in a displaced persons camp in Feldafing, Germany, Magda met her husband, Izak, a Sephardic native of Salonika, Greece. He had also survived Auschwitz. Isak and Magda were married six weeks later while still in the camp. They settled in Seattle in 1951.

Madga was an active member of Sephardic Bikur Holim in Seattle. She was featured in an exhibit and book Weaving Women’s Words: Seattle Stories that showcased thirty women, born in the early 20th century, who made their homes in the Seattle Jewish community. Magda was interviewed many times by local media.

We all loved Magda and will miss her.

Learn more about Magda and her incredible life on our website: http://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/survivor-voices/magda-schaloum

The Center has established the Magda Schaloum Educational Fund in her memory. Tributes may be made to the Holocaust Center for Humanity—2045 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121; (206) 582-3000; www.HolocaustCenterSeattle.org.

                  Magda's son Jack Schaloum continuing her legacy by
 sharing her story of survival, June 8th.

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Books in the Library!

Swansong 1945
By Walter Kempowski 
Swansong 1945 chronicles the end of Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe through hundreds of letters, diaries, and autobiographical accounts covering four days that fateful spring: Hitler’s birthday on April 20, American and Soviet troops meeting at the Elbe on April 25, Hitler’s suicide on April 30, and finally the German surrender on May 8. Side by side, we encounter vivid, first-person accounts of civilians fleeing Berlin, ordinary German soldiers determined to fight to the bitter end, American POWs dreaming of home, concentration-camp survivors’ first descriptions of their horrific experiences, as well as the intimate thoughts of figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Stalin, Joseph Goebbels, and Hitler himself.
These firsthand accounts, painstakingly collected and organized by renowned German author Walter Kempowski, provide the raw material of history and present a panoramic view of those tumultuous days. The more than 1,000 extracts include a British soldier writing to his parents to tell them there are no baths but plenty of eggs and chocolate, an American soldier describing “the tremendous burst of lilacs” as he approaches the Elbe, Mussolini wishing Hitler a happy birthday, Eva Braun bragging to a girlfriend about what a “crack shot” she’s become, and much more.
Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust
By Rita Goldberg 
Like Anne Frank, Hilde Jacobsthal was born in Germany and brought up in Amsterdam, where the two families became close. Unlike Anne Frank, she survived the war, and Otto Frank was to become godfather to Rita, her first daughter. “I am the child of a woman who survived the Holocaust not by the skin of her teeth but heroically. This book tells the story of my mother’s dramatic life before, during and after the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. “I wrote Motherland because I wanted to understand a story which had become a kind of family myth. My mother’s life could be seen as a narrative of the twentieth century; along with my father she was present and active at many of its significant moments.” 
Rita Goldberg Hilde Jacobsthal was fifteen when the Nazis invaded Holland. After the arrest of her parents in 1943 she fled to Belgium, where she went into hiding and worked with the Resistance at night. She was liberated by the American army in 1944. In April 1945 she volunteered with a British Red Cross Unit to go to the relief of Bergen-Belsen, which had itself been liberated one week before her arrival. The horror and devastation were overwhelming, but despite her shock and grief she stayed at the camp for two years, helping with the enormous task of recovery. Sorrow and exuberance went hand in hand as the young people at Belsen found renewed life and each other. Hilde got to know Hanns Alexander (subject of the recently published Hanns and Rudolf), who was on the British War Crimes Commission, and, eventually, a Swiss doctor called Max Goldberg. Motherland is the culmination of a lifetime of reflection and a decade of research. Rita Goldberg enlarges the story she heard from her mother with historical background. She has talked with her about the minutest details of her life and pored over her papers, exploring not only her mother's life but her own. Complicated feelings are explored lightly as Rita takes the story beyond Bergen-Belsen, where paradoxically her parents met and fell in love; beyond Israel’s War of Independence where they both volunteered, and on to the next chapter of their lives in the US. A deeply moving story, Motherland will become an essential text about World War II, the Holocaust and the survival of the spirit.
Stranger in my own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany
By Yascha Mounk 
As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. When he mentioned that he is Jewish, some made anti-Semitic jokes or talked about the superiority of the Aryan race. Others, sincerely hoping to atone for the country’s past, fawned over him with a forced friendliness he found just as alienating.
     Vivid and fascinating, Stranger in My Own Country traces the contours of Jewish life in a country still struggling with the legacy of the Third Reich and portrays those who, inevitably, continue to live in its shadow. Marshaling an extraordinary range of material into a lively narrative, Mounk surveys his countrymen’s responses to “the Jewish question.” Examining history, the story of his family, and his own childhood, he shows that anti-Semitism and far-right extremism have long coexisted with self-conscious philo-Semitism in postwar Germany. 
     But of late a new kind of resentment against Jews has come out in the open. Unnoticed by much of the outside world, the desire for a “finish line” that would spell a definitive end to the country’s obsession with the past is feeding an emphasis on German victimhood. Mounk shows how, from the government’s pursuit of a less “apologetic” foreign policy to the way the country’s idea of the Volk makes life difficult for its immigrant communities, a troubled nationalism is shaping Germany’s future.
Mendel's Daughter: A Memoir
By Martin Lemelman
In 1989 Martin Lemelman videotaped his mother, Gusta, as she opened up about her childhood in 1930s Poland and her eventual escape from Nazi persecution. Mendel's Daughter, selected as one of the best books of 2006 by the Austin Chronicle, is Lemelman's loving transcription of his mother's harrowing testimony, bringing her narrative to life with his own powerful black-and-white drawings, interspersed with reproductions of actual photographs, documents and other relics from that era. The result is a wholly original, authentic and moving account of hope and survival in a time of despair. 
Gusta's story opens with a portrait of shtetl life, filled with homey images that evoke the richness of food and flowers, of family and friends and of Jewish tradition. Soon, however, Gusta's girlhood is cut short as her family experiences Hitler's rise, rumors of war, invasion, occupation, round-ups and pogroms, forcing Gusta into flight and hiding. 
Mendel's Daughter is Martin Lemelman's solemn and stirring testament to his mother's bravery and a celebration of her perseverance. The devastatingly simple power of a mother's words and a son's illustrations combine to create a work that is both intensely personal and universally resonant. Mendel's Daughter combines an unforgettable true story with elegant, haunting illustrations to shed new light on one of history's darkest periods.
To borrow these books or any other books in the library, please contact us at 206-582-3000 or email Amanda@HolocaustCenterSeattle.org 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Books in our Library!

All of these books and more are available to check out from our new library! Please email Amanda@holocaustcenterseattle.org

Escape in Time: Miri's Riverting Tale of Her Family's Survival During World War II

By Ronit Lowenstein-Malz

Nessya’s grandmother, Miri Eneman Malz, has friends, a loving family—and a secret: she is a Holocaust survivor. When twelve-year-old Nessya learns the truth, she wants to know what happened. After decades of silence, Grandma Miri decides it’s time to tell her story. It all begins one terrible day in the spring of 1944, when Germany crosses Hungary’s border and soldiers arrive in Miri’s hometown of Munkács. Suddenly, the Jews are trapped and in danger. Surrounded by war and unimaginable hatred, the family makes a daring escape. But that is only the beginning, and over the course of the year new threats continually confront them. Incredibly, despite numerous close calls, they defy the odds and live. Based upon actual memoirs, this is the story of the Eneman family . . . of their remarkable ingenuity, astonishing luck, boundless courage, and unending love.


A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II

By Perter Grose 

The untold story of an isolated French community that banded together to offer sanctuary and shelter to over 3,500 Jews in the throes of World War II. Nobody asked questions, nobody demanded money. Villagers lied, covered up, procrastinated and concealed, but most importantly they welcomed.This is the story of an isolated community in the upper reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to save the lives of 3,500 Jews under the noses of the Germans and the soldiers of Vichy France. It is the story of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke laws and defied orders to protect the lives of total strangers. It is the story of an eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from Nice who forged 5,000 sets of false identity papers to save other Jews and French Resistance fighters from the Nazi concentration camps. And it is the story of a community of good men and women who offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality to people in desperate need, knowing full well the consequences to themselves.

The Story of an Underground: The Resistance of the Jews of Kovno in the Second World War
By Dov Levin & Zvie A. Brown 
This is the story of the fighting underground of the Jews of Kovno, Lithuania, in World War II. The authors, historians Zvie A. Brown and Dov Levin, were themselves members of the Kovno underground, and this well-researched book based on documentary material, verbal testimonies, and written memoirs of witnesses, among other sources is supplemented by the authors own personal accounts. The authors here describe the first steps of the organized Jewish underground in the Kovno Ghetto, its desperate search for allies outside the ghetto, and its first bloodstained attempts to break through the ring of isolation and establish a base of support for partisan battle. They relate the insurgence at its height: contacts with partisans in the forest, acquisition of weapons and equipment, and training of fighters for partisan warfare. The authors paint a picture of daily life in the partisan brigades, including the tense relationship between the Jewish and non-Jewish fighters. They relate the final days of the underground as the ghetto was being destroyed, and then the last journey of the Kovno brigades from the forest bases back to liberated Kovno.

The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc: Found in Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945 and first published in San Francisco in 2014


Here is the extraordinary Diary of Rywka Lipszyc, finally published 70 years after it was created. Handwritten in a school notebook between October 1943 and April 1944, this remarkable diary depicts the nightmare of life under the Nazis in Poland's infamous Lodz ghetto-through the eyes of a brilliant, 14-year-old Jewish girl. With the eloquence of an innocent, Rywka vividly chronicles the disease, starvation, deportations, fear and cruelty she witnessed. She lost her entire family-parents, brother, and two sisters-in Nazi ghettos and killing centers. Yet in the face of despair, she reveals a belief in God and a faith in humanity that inspired in her a determination to live. In 1945, Rywka's diary was found in the ruins of the Auschwitz-Birkenau crematoria by a doctor serving with the liberating Soviet Army. For more than a half-century the diary remained among the doctor's private possessions, until after her death, when her granddaughter emigrated from the USSR and brought it to Jewish Family and Children's Services' Holocaust Center in San Francisco. Sensitively translated, with footnotes, historical essays, photographs, maps, news clippings, and the gripping story of the recent search for Rywka Lipszyc-whose fate has never been determined-this book is sure to enter the ranks of the most poignant Holocaust testimonies, a tale of darkness and light, faith and love.



From the Red Desert to Jerusalem

By Elia Kahvedjian 






From the Red Desert to Jerusalem is the remarkable autobiography of a remarkable man. Urfa-born Elia Kahvedjian witnessed the Genocide of Armenians as a 5-year-old boy. The book tells of his adventures in the badlands of Turkey and Syria, his eventual move to Jerusalem, and his many achievements as a top photographer, painter, and community leader in the Holy City. The book was translated into English by his eldest son Harout Kahvedjian of Toronto.








Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Confused by the recent ruling? So were we. "Serbia and Croatia Didn't Commit Genocide"

We were a bit confused by this ruling and court case and sought out insight from a few individuals who could help clarify the situation.

"Serbia and Croatia Didn’t Commit Genocide in 1990s, U.N. Court Rules"

Associated Press. Feb. 3, 2015.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The United Nations' top court ruled Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other's people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Responses:

Dr. James Waller, Author and Professor, Genocide Studies at Keane College, NH
Very simply, this new ICJ ruling is ONLY about allegations of genocide by Croatia against Serbia and counter-allegations of genocide by Serbia against Croatia.  The court found that neither country committed genocide against each other’s people during the war.  So, the only countries involved in this new case are Serbia and Croatia…they did horrible things to each other’s citizens and on each other’s territory, but, according to the court, nothing amounting to genocide.
This judgment has NOTHING to do with the ICJ’s previous 2007 ruling on Srebrenica and Serb atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina (a completely different country).  So, the court’s previous ruling on Srebrenica as genocide still stands.

Here’s also a good news link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31104973.

Selena Salihovic Hutchins
The article specifically addresses the Croatian and Serbian populations, not the Bosniak (Muslim) population. I think, in a way, this ruling will be helpful toward the pending Hague trials because we have had some folks on trial at the Hague respond that they (Serbian generals) sent their armies to kill Muslim populations because they felt threatened by outside populations. Stating that a genocide was not attempted on Serbian populations makes these arguments moot. 

I will say, though, that my parents and I are refraining from going because while it has been years since the war, tensions are very high again. 

Marie Berry, PhD, Genocide Studies
If I understand this correctly, this ruling just applies to Serbian crimes in Croatia (and vice versa), so doesn't apply to crimes in Bosnia. Since Srebrenica was in Bosnia, this ruling doesn't change anything related to the legal definition of that massacre as genocide. While the article references a 2007 ICJ judgement about Belgrade not being responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, this is misleading, as the court did find that the massacre at Srebrenica was genocide and that the individual Serb forces that committed the atrocities were responsible for genocide. The decision simply did not find that the state of Serbia as a whole was responsible. 

But frankly, this NYTimes piece does a terrible job of spelling that out and makes it seem like this ruling is a big shock. I think the take away is that Serb forces committed genocide in Bosnia (especially in the Drina Valley region, but arguments have also been made for genocidal crimes in the Krajina region and elsewhere as well), but that their engagements in the rest of the region (and in other parts of Bosnia) should be considered part of a civil war, not a genocide.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marie-Anne at Seabury Middle School


Last week, Continuing Generations speaker, Marie-Anne Harkness spoke to students at Seabury Middle School in Tacoma.  Check out their blog to see pictures and hear about her visit!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Books in Our Library

By Gene Printz-Kopelson, September 2014

How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust 
By Dan McMillan
(New York: Basic Books, 2014)



Adolph Hitler had thousands of willing accomplices in his plan to exterminate European Jewry. Dan McMillan reviews how Hitler easily found men to do the job. In all the postwar trials, there was not one example of punishment for failure to follow orders to kill Jews.

 Unlike the typical fanatical SS units, he cites Reserve Police Battalion 101: a group of 500 uniformed Germans who shot 38,000 Polish Jews and who rounded up another 45,000 and forced them into cattle cars headed to the gas chambers of Treblinka. The police were ordinary Germans, not Nazi fanatics, who had been drafted into the army. Many had voted against the Nazi Party in 1933.

When first told of their orders, their commander offered that they could be assigned other duties; only ten of the 500 did. The remainder began their first massacre of unarmed Jews. Offers to opt out of the killings continued with few takers.
The author delves into three factors explaining their willingness to kill the innocent: obedience to authority, the need to conform to group behavior, and the tendency for a person to adapt to any role they must fulfill and adjust their notion of morality.


This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the true roots of how the holocaust happened.

The Whispering Town
By Jennifer Elvgren
(Minneapolis: Kar-Ben, 2014)




Little Anett lives in a small Danish town during the Nazi occupation. One day her parents tell her they have new friends living in the basement. Each day Anett goes to town to buy extra supplies and brings food and books to her new friends. The Nazis are searching for hidden Jews and Anett stands up to them. She and her father arrange that the townspeople whisper directions to the escaping Jews to guide them at night safely to the harbor to board rescue boats to Sweden.

This is a heart-warming illustrated children’s book explaining the true story of one town’s joint  rescue of Danish Jewry during the High Holydays of 1943. Young readers will find this a good introduction to the holocaust.


Gifts from the Enemy
By Trudy Ludwig
(Ashland: White Cloud Press, 2014)




Jewish teenager Alter is taken from his loving family by Nazis and sent to a forced labor camp. At the point when he almost gives up, a kindly German woman factory worker secretly leaves him food every day for a month. He is stronger, physically and emotionally, from this kindly act and survives the holocaust. He realizes that there are good and bad people in every group.

This illustrated holocaust children’s book is made not too frightening for young readers and its optimistic theme is  another good introductory book about the holocaust.



Hope is the Last to Die
By Halina Birenbaum
(Oswiecim: Publishing House of the State Museum, 2012)


Ten year old Halina witnesses the outbreak of World War II when her native Poland is defeated by the Nazis. She experiences the horrors of the holocaust first hand living underneath the city streets during the 1943 Warsaw Jewish Rebellion. Witnessing SS cruelty and murders, she is sent to Majdanek concentration camp where the horrors worsen. Forced labor, starvation, diarrhea were only part of the sufferings she endured. Miraculously, one German crosses her name off the list of those selected to die. She watches her sister-in-law slowly die. She is sent from one labor camp to the next until finally in Auschwitz is freed by Russian soldiers. Miraculously after the war she finds one of her two brothers alive in Warsaw.

This autobiography is one of hundreds to document Nazi atrocities that also sends a message of hope because the victim survived. It documents in detail life in the Warsaw ghetto and in several concentration camps including Majdanek and Auschwitz.



If you would like to borrow any of these books, or other books about the Holocaust that we offer, please contact admin@wsherc.org for more information on our free library


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Inspiring change one teacher at a time


"Meagan Talbot, along with two other teachers at her school, have requested the use of three of our classroom sets of books.  This is the second year the school has used all three sets at one time. We emailed her and asked her to tell us a little bit more about what she is doing.  Here is her response!" - Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education


Today is the first day of school, and so far everything has gone quite well! We are all 8th grade Language Arts teachers and we collaborate on a Holocaust unit. Our anchor text is “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne, which all students read.  We also have students select one novel of their choice about the Holocaust. We use your trunks to help students select a novel about people who experienced the Holocaust. Students do a number of essays, class discussions, and presentations about their findings. We also read many survivor accounts, articles, share pictures and artifacts, watch historical videos and watch videos of survivor accounts, and read poetry as supplements.  Students really love the unit and come to be quite passionate about sharing the experiences they read about in their student selected texts. It’s amazing to watch them go from knowing nothing about the Holocaust and WWII, to understanding how it slowly grew into the Holocaust, and how people were able to survive it physically and emotionally. We do this unit at the beginning of the school year, and it’s amazing how students connect to it, and refer back to all year. Your trunks are an incredible resource, and we so appreciate the opportunity to use them!
 
Thank you!
 
Meagan Talbot
6th and 8th English Language Arts
North Whidbey Middle School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We are changing our name Nov. 1!

On November 1, 2014, we will be changing our name to:



Find us at our new website - www.HolocaustCenterSeattle.org! (Starting Nov. 1)

New name, new website, new logo.  Same services, resources, and programs - better than ever. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Writing, Art, and Digital Media Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2013 Writing, Art, and Digital Media Contest!  Thank you as well to all of the teachers and parents who encouraged the students to learn and reflect on the difficult teachings of the Holocaust!

Judging is now under way and we can't wait to see who this year's winners will be!  Below are just a few of the over 700 entries!






Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet Our Summer 2014 Interns!




JULIA THOMPSON



Hello!  My name is Julia Thompson and this is my second summer as an intern here at WSHERC. I just finished my junior year as a History major at Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA), and I've been lucky enough to receive grants from Whitman both this year and last to work at the Center.

This past semester I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Prague. While in Europe I was able to travel around the Czech Republic and beyond. Exploring Europe, visiting World War II and Holocaust sites, and learning a huge amount about the region's history and culture has certainly made my work at the Holocaust Center this summer feel even more meaningful. 

Right now I am tackling several exciting projects: revamping and automating the Center's library, working on teaching kits with artifact replicas, and other tasks that come my way. When I'm not hard at work I enjoy hiking, reading, baking, and road trips. During the school year I'm a tutor at the Whitman Writing Center, active in my sorority, and study piano.

Every day at the Center brings new challenges as well as fun, educational, and meaningful experiences. I'm so grateful to be back and to be a part of all the wonderful things the Holocaust Center has going on! 



PHILIP KIKAWA
         
Hello everyone -


My name is Philip Kikawa and this is my first summer working at the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Come the fall, I will be starting my junior year as a History major at Roger Williams University in Bristol Rhode Island.

At Roger Williams I have taken several courses on World War II in Europe and the Pacific - the most interesting one being a one-on-one study of the US Navy in the Pacific. This coming semester I will be taking several courses on the war in Europe and the Holocaust. When I am not working I enjoy skiing, fishing, sailing and reading.

At the Center, I am currently working on several projects including transcribing survivor testimonies and organizing educational material. The work I have been doing here has been immensely rewarding and enjoyable. I am looking forward to incorporating what I am learning to my education at collage.

The experiences I have gained working at the center have been fun, challenging, interesting and important and it is a great pleasure to be working with such a passionate group of individuals.


SOPHIE JONES


Hi all!

My name is Sophie Jones and I am the newest intern at the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. I have been fortunate enough to work with the Holocaust Center through Teens In Public Service; a local organization that awards summer internships to high school students across the region.

Come fall, I will be a senior at Roosevelt High School. I have served on the staff of The Roosevelt News for two years and next year I will assume the role of head editor. I am also committed to the Hands for a Bridge program at Roosevelt, a nonprofit that works to promote social justice and bring South Africans together despite the lasting effects of Apartheid. Outside of school, I volunteer regularly with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, the local branch of a nationwide organization dedicated to women’s rights and reproductive health.

I couldn't be more excited for my summer with the Holocaust Center. I look forward to being a part of such a fantastic team of dedicated individuals, and I’m eager to learn more about both the history of the Holocaust and the Center’s work.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thank you Rochester High School!

In May, Teacher Sarah Thomas brought students from her semester Holocaust and genocide class to the Holocaust Center for a visit.  Sarah has been bringing students to the Holocaust Center to hear a survivor speak and to study artifacts for the past 10 years.

The students had the opportunity to hear from survivor Steve Adler and to explore artifacts in the Holocaust Center's collection.

Thank you Sarah Thomas for your dedication to Holocaust education. 




Thursday, May 29, 2014

http://www.wsherc.org/events/147-advancedseminar2014





Advanced Seminar
Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights: 70 Years After Auschwitz & 20 Years After Rwanda


Monday, August 18, 2014  |  at Seattle University | 12:00pm - 5:00pm. 
Film and discussion 6:30pm-8:30pm.


Seminar will include sessions on Rwanda, human Rights, genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, and a screening of the award winning documentary, "Finding Hillywood."  Producer Leah Warshawski will lead a discussion after the film.  Film and discussion will be open to the public.

An advanced seminar geared towards educators who have taught these subjects previously and are looking for professional development either personally or to approach the subjects in greater depth with their students.  Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


$50. Includes lunch, all seminar materials, clock hours, and admission to the film, "Finding Hillywood." (No one will be turned away for an inability to pay.)

More information and registration

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Check out" the latest editions to our Library and DVD collection!

Look what just arrived! Theses books and DVDs are sure to inspire and enlighten. Want to check out one of these books or DVDs? Email: admin@wsherc.org to make your request!

DVDs


A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma 

A People Uncounted tells the story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies-a people who have been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture. 
The Roma have endured centuries of intolerance and persecution in Europe, most notably the Holocaust genocide where an estimated 500,000 were murdered. A People Uncounteddocuments their culturally rich yet often difficult lives, and demonstrates how their present state has been deeply shaped by the tragedies of the past.  




Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home 

In the late 1930s, following the ferocious anti-Jewish violence of Kristallnacht, a determined group of young German Jews left behind everything that was dear and familiar and immigrated to Chicago. Here, these refugees set out to create a supportive community for themselves and others fleeing Nazi persecution, eventually establishing the Selfhelp Home for the oldest among them. REFUGE is a one-hour documentary that reaches back more than 70 years to give a voice to its last generation of victims of Nazi persecution and tell the story of this singular community that has provided a safe haven to more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and survivors.



Books 

Beyond Courage: The Untold Stories of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Doreen Rappaport

Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead more than 1,200 ghetto refugees into the forest to build a guerilla force and self-sufficient village. And twelve-year-old Motele Shlayan entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. Through twenty-one meticulously researched accounts — some chronicled in book form for the first time — Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. In answer to the genocidal madness that was Hitler’s Holocaust, the only response they could abide was resistance, and their greatest weapons were courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying. 



The Red Umbrella: Danish Resistance and Johna's Escape from Nazi Occupation 
Johma Christensen

Over 99% of the Danish Jews were rescued in WWII by the Danish people. The Red Umbrella is a young girl’s memoir of life during WWII Nazi occupation of Copenhagen, Denmark during 1943-1945.
Little Johna Christensen lived with a Jewish Mother’s family, a Danish Father’s family, a birth defect and a Nazi Occupation. It is an astounding story of a complex life including religion, politics, crime, brothels, war, affairs, rescue, redemption and ultimate joy. Women and men of courage and character are forced to be both heroes and villains. It is very different from any other Holocaust story.


Children of Siberia: Memoirs of Lithuanian Exiles 
Irena Kurtinaityte Aras and Vidmantas Zavadskis
A collections of the memories of 16 Lithuanians who were exiled to Siberia in their infancy or childhood.







The Exiles Return 
Elisabeth de Waal 
Vienna is demolished by war, the city an alien landscape of ruined castles, a fractured ruling class, and people picking up the pieces. Elisabeth de Waal’s mesmerizing The Exiles Return is a stunningly vivid postwar story of Austria’s fallen aristocrats, unrepentant Nazis, and a culture degraded by violence.





I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls and Wars in Hungary 
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
Framed by a cache of letters written between 1940 and 1947, Szegedy-Maszák’s family memoir tells the story, at once intimate and epic, of the complicated relationship Hungary had with its Jewish population—the moments of glorious humanism that stood apart from its history of anti-Semitism—and with the rest of the world. She resurrects in riveting detail a lost world of splendor and carefully limns the moral struggles that history exacted—from a country and its individuals.


Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler, and the Warsaw Uprising 
Alexandra Richie 
 Warsaw 1944 tells the story of this brave, and errant, calculation. For more than sixty days, the Polish fighters took over large parts of the city and held off the SS’s most brutal forces. But in the end, their efforts were doomed. Scorned by Stalin and unable to win significant support from the Western Allies, the Polish Home Army was left to face the full fury of Hitler, Himmler, and the SS. The crackdown that followed was among the most brutal episodes of history’s most brutal war, and the celebrated historian Alexandra Richie depicts this tragedy in riveting detail. Using a rich trove of primary sources, Richie relates the terrible experiences of individuals who fought in the uprising and perished in it. Her clear-eyed narrative reveals the fraught choices and complex legacy of some of World War II’s most unsung heroes.


Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler's List and The USC Shoah Foundation
USC Shoah Foundation with Introduction by Steven Spielberg
A special 140-page section tells the riveting story of the film in photos, script excerpts, and the words of the cast and crew, including Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Spielberg. Drawing from the Universal Pictures archives and exclusive interviews, here are details on Spielberg’s struggle to bring Oskar Schindler’s story from novel to script to screen, the casting, cinematography, and especially what happened during the difficult shoot in Poland in 1993—on locations where actual events of the Holocaust occurred. 




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Check out what Peter Metzelaar is up to!

Check out the article below from KTVB in Boise, Idaho! Peter Metzelaar spoke to 300 middle schools students! Great article- read it!

http://www.ktvb.com/news/Holocaust-survivor-shares-his-story-with-Boise-students-249935181.html