Morristown, N.J. (February 27, 2015) – The College of Saint Elizabeth has changed the name Holocaust Education Resource Center to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education to reflect the increasing number of educational programs that the College of Saint Elizabeth offers. The Center is offering several events from March through May that are free and open to the public. Some will provide professional development hours for teachers.
In a collaboration with the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, a screening of Farewell, Herr Schwartz will take place on March 16, 2015, in the Dolan Performance Hall at the College at 7:30 p.m.
About the film: Siblings Michla and Feiv'ke Schwarz survived the Holocaust but never reunited after the war. Michla moved to the soon-to-be-founded Jewish state in the Middle East and started a family there. Her brother Feiv'ke, considered dead, returned to East Germany, married a German woman and inexplicably lived amidst the concentration camp ruins where he was once a prisoner. Their Israeli and German descendants lived unaware of each other for half a century until first time filmmaker Yael Reuveny probed exactly what happened to her family in 1945.
Farewell, Herr Schwartz was the winner of the Best Documentary at the Haifa International Film Festival. Refreshments will be served following the screening.
On April 21, 2015, a day-long symposium titled Rescuers during the Holocaust: Acts of Courage in Challenging Times will be offered to teachers, students, and the general public and will be held in the Dolan Performance Hall.
This event is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and the American Society for Yad Vashem and is free to all. Pre-registration is required at www.cse.edu/holocaustcenter.
The event runs from 8:00 a.m. with registration and breakfast and ends at 3:00 p.m. Seven professional development hours will be awarded to teachers.
The event features keynote speaker and survivor Suzanne Vromen Ph.D., professor emeritus of sociology at Bard College. The workshops following address the Jewish and non-Jewish rescuers, the NJ State mandate about Holocaust education, global perspectives on Holocaust education, and how to use archival documents in Holocaust education.
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a special introduction to the program by Garabed "Chuck" Haytaian who was Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly at the time New Jersey passed the law to mandate Holocaust and genocide education in the schools. The event is sponsored by both the College and Saint Mary's Armenian Church (Livingston, NJ) and co-sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Following remarks by College President Dr. Helen J. Streubert, the film Aghet will be shown about the history of Armenia with focus on the Armenian genocide in 1915. Poetry and music of Armenia and a selection of traditional Armenian food will be offered. At 7:30 p.m. there will be the premiere of the film Testimonies of Armenian Genocide Survivors; this will be introduced by Roy Stepanian, and a Q&A with children and grandchildren of the survivors will follow. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Herand M. Markarian, speaking on The Impact of the Armenian Genocide: 100 Years Later. Refreshments at conclusion. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center. Teachers who attend will receive curriculum materials for teaching about the Armenian genocide as well as certificates for professional development hours..
On Thursday, May 7, 2015, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will host Echoes and Reflections, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Annunciation Center on the College campus. This free teacher-training event will prepare educators to teach students the complex history of the Holocaust in ways that stimulate engagement, critical thinking and personal understanding. Participants will have a teachers’ resource guide, supplementary multimedia assets and supportive tools for educators. The session will engage teachers with the hands-on multimedia curriculum, Echoes and Reflections developed jointly by Yad Vashem, the USC-Shoah Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Topics to be discussed are: studying the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, Nazi Germany, the Ghetto, the Final Solution, Jewish resistance, rescuers and non-Jewish resistance, survivors and liberators, perpetrators, collaborators and bystanders; and the children. Pre-registration is required at www.cse.edu/holocaustcenter. Teachers will receive professional development credit.