US Holocaust Memorial Museum Scholar on Nazi Teachers (18th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium)

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Scholar on Nazi Teachers (18th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium)

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 ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to a lecture by Christina Chavarría (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC) on the topic of Teachers in the Third Reich: Indoctrination, Oath, Opposition. The lecture will will take place at Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Room 137, in ASU’s Plemmons Student Union (263 Locust Street) on Monday, July 22. The mid-day program will begin at 1:00 pm.

Christina Chavarría is a Program Coordinator in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), where she has worked since December 2006.  She has represented the Museum in the US, Europe, Latin America, Israel, and Japan.  She holds a BA and MA in comparative literature from the University of Dallas.  Her interests lie in Holocaust literature, engaging new audiences and partners, and studying and disseminating information on the impact and history of the Holocaust in the Ibero-American world. Christina is currently working on AP US History lessons as part of the Americans and the Holocaust initiative and is running the Conference for Holocaust Education Centers that brings education staff from Holocaust organizations to the USHMM every two years. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, she served as Director of Education at Holocaust Museum Houston.

The lecture is part of the 18th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust that takes place from July 20 until 25, 2019, at Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union and select other venues on campus and in town. This year’s symposium explores the multi-fold connections between the Holocaust and education. Attendees and participants will not only learn and ponder how the Nazi regime relied on schooling to secure support for its participatory dictatorship and racist policies, but also how persecuted Jews across German-controlled Europe enlisted education as a form of spiritual resistance and Amidah, even in the ghettos and camps. Moreover, the symposium will shed light on how school systems in North America and Europe teach (or fail to teach) histories of the Holocaust. 

The event is organized by ASU's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies and named for symposium benefactors, the late Doris and Martin Rosen. The symposium is sponsored by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Martin and Doris Rosen Endowment, the Friends and Supporters of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences, Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, Belk Library and Information Commons, the Boone Jewish Community/Temple of the High Country, Havurah of the High Country, the Ruth and Stan Etkin Symposium Scholars’ Fund, the Leon Levine Foundation, the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, Echoes and Reflections of Yad Vashem (in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League), and the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.The lecture is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. For a schedule of events and list of all symposium speakers, please visit For more information, call 001.828.262.2311 or email