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2011 Echoes and Reflections Professors’ Study Tour

Introduction

“The Echoes and Reflections Professors’ Study Tour truly stands out as a unique professional development experience. Participating in the project has led me to re-conceptualize my own understanding of the Holocaust and Israel. More importantly, my interactions with leading scholars and educators has had an immediate impact on my pedagogy with practicing and future educators. I cannot think of a better compliment for such an important project.”

—Anand R. Marri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Columbia University Teachers College

Sixteen professors—representing Alabama A&M University, Northern Arizona University, Boston University, University of Georgia, University of Hawaii, University of Virginia, Lehigh University, Pacific University (OR), University of Northern Colorado, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW), Loyola Marymount University, Teachers College, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Louisville, Yad Vashemand the University of Wisconsin-Madison—participated in the 2011 Echoes and Reflections Professors’ Study Tour to Israel. The group, accompanied by staff from ADL and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, participated in a nine-day program of study at Yad Vashem learning about the Holocaust and identifying meaningful ways to bring Echoes and Reflections to college students.

Participants met with world-renowned historians and pedagogical experts from Yad Vashem, studying pre-war Europe and the Jews of Poland, Jewish leadership during the Holocaust, the “Final Solution”, literature, music, and art of the Holocaust, and the complexity and responsibility of teaching the Holocaust to today’s students.

Guest lecturers included: Professor Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University, who spoke about the rise of antisemitism in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and antisemitism in the modern world; Dr. Yaacov Lozowick who shared information about Nazi racial ideology and the Jewish Question; Professor Dan Michman, Chief Historian at Yad Vashem, talked about Jewish leadership and the dilemmas they faced; Dr. Alan Rosen, who presented literary approaches to studying the Holocaust; David Horowitz, Editor-in-Chief, Jerusalem Post, who provided an overview of the problems facing Israel today; and Professor Yehuda Bauer who spoke about current issues in Holocaust education and research.  In addition, the group met with Holocaust survivors, including Hanna Pick, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, and Nachum and Genya Manor who were both saved by Oscar Schindler.

Participants also had an opportunity to participate in hands-on lessons from Echoes and Reflections and learn more about using visual history testimony in the classroom from ADL and USC Shoah Foundation Institute staff. In addition, the group toured the Holocaust History Museum, the Learning Center, and several memorials on the Yad Vashem campus. The program was rounded out with excursions to the city of Jerusalem, the Great Synagogue, the Israel Museum, Oscar Schindler’s grave, Massada, and the Dead Sea. The prestigious group of professors who participated in the program will now work with Echoes and Reflections staff to bring the multimedia curriculum to their campuses, with a special focus on preparing preservice educators to teach the Holocaust once they enter the classroom.

The 2011 Echoes and Reflections Professors’ Study Tour was funded by Dana and Yossie Hollander.

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Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know how much I appreciated and enjoyed the workshop. I think the material is masterfully organized and completely accessible to the teachers (and students too, I hope). You did a great job of presenting a lot of information in a very short time. I certainly left feeling that it was a day very well spent.

San Francisco, California history teacher


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