As antisemitic incidents rise in schools, HHC offers Holocaust studies institute for educators

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Kara Driscoll, Holocaust & Humanity Center, (513) 638-0508, [email protected]

Sarah Weiss, Holocaust & Humanity Center, (513) 487-3055, [email protected]


As school districts across the state grapple with a rise in antisemitic incidents involving students, the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is offering a newly redesigned resource to help educators teach about the Holocaust and its lessons.

The 2021 ROMA & SAM KALTMAN HOLOCAUST STUDIES FOR EDUCATORS INSTITUTE is a multi-week seminar hosted for educators who want to learn how to effectively teach the Holocaust. Now hosted via Zoom, the institute is accessible to educators across the state and country. The institute will take place from June 14 to June 30.

STUDIES SHOW that students who study the Holocaust are more empathetic, caring and demonstrate higher critical thinking skills. The Holocaust & Humanity Center brings in renowned Holocaust scholars from around the world to work with Ohio educators to ensure that students have meaningful experiences learning about one of the darkest chapters in humanity.

Jackie Congedo, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati, said the need for Holocaust education – in relation to antisemitism and hate – could not be more relevant or critical for students today.

“We recently responded to three antisemitic incidents involving 3 separate school systems – all of which we were made aware of in a span of 5 days,” Congedo said. “The hate we’re seeing in our schools is simply a reflection the mainstreaming of hate in our broader society.”

Hundreds of educators have been trained through the program to date.

Educators who attend the institute:

  • Gain knowledge and have stimulating conversations with Holocaust experts from around the world
  • Hear testimony from local survivors and their family members
  • Receive a copy of Doris Bergen’s War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust and resources that can be easily implemented into existing curriculums
  • Network with other educators who teach the Holocaust
  • Engage with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center to receive continuing education, opportunities to attend other Holocaust conferences and professional development, and museum events

Educators can SIGN UP FOR THE INSTITUTE ONLINE. HHC also offers an HSE Scholar Pass for the general public interested in learning more about Holocaust studies.

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC educates more than 200,000 community members through its educational initiatives, innovative programs, and partnerships. For more information, visit WWW.HOLOCAUSTANDHUMANITY.ORG