2021 Symposium

2021 Symposium Schedule


To keep all participants safe during the ongoing pandemic, all sessions will be held online on a ZOOM platform. All times displayed below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

With the exception of the workshops for the teacher-participants and the by-invitation-only events (clearly marked in the program), all of the events are open to the public 

Sunday, July 18

10:00 – 10:45 Introductions:Teaching the Unteachable, Dr. Racelle Weiman (Florida) Children During the Holocaust, Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Appalachian State University)

10:45-12:00  Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism: Long Histories, Present Dangers Prof. Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University)

12:00-1:00  Lunch/Meal Break

1:00 – 2:00 The Mosaic that is the Mosaic People: Judaism and Jews, Dr. Racelle Weiman

2:00 – 3:00 Children in Judaism, Rabbi Stephen Roberts (New York)

Monday, July 19

8:45 – 9:00 Opening Session/Agenda Overview/Questions; Dr. Weiman/Prof. Pegelow Kaplan

9:00 – 10:30 Humanizing Approaches to Holocaust Education: Interactive Introductions Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman [for teacher-participants only]

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 Project Design Session I: Philosophy, Resources, and Group Formation,  Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman [for teacher-participants only]

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch/Meal Break

1:00 – 2:00 Destroying Democracy, Building Dictatorship: The Nazi Movement and the Youth, Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan

2:00 – 3:15 Children in the Nazi State and Party Organizations, Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice (Senior Historian at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

3:15 – 3:30  Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:00  Interpreting Sources in the Classroom: Gentile Children in the Nazi State, Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice

Tuesday, July 20

8:45 – 9:00  Opening Session/Agenda Overview/Questions; Dr. Weiman/Prof. Pegelow Kaplan, Reflection by teacher-participant

9:00 –10:30  Children During the Holocaust and Its Aftermath, Dr. Eva Fogelman (Florida)

10:30-10:45  Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 Testimony – Hiding in Nazi-Occupied Poland: Holocaust Child Survivor Prof. Emeritus Shimon Redlich (Ben-Gurion University, Israel) interviewed by Prof. Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia—Charlottesville)

12:15 – 1:00  Lunch/Meal Break

1:00 – 3:00  Film Screening: Natan Gross’ and Shaul Goskind’s Unzere Kinder (1948) and Discussion with Prof. Gabriel Finder 

Wednesday, July 21

8:00 – 8:15 Opening Session and Questions Dr. Weiman/Prof. Pegelow Kaplan, Reflection by teacher-participant

8:15 – 9:45  Studying the Holocaust, Liz Elsby (Yad Vashem/Echoes and Reflections, Jerusalem, Israel)

9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:30 Jewish Children in Ghettos and Camps of Nazi-Occupied Europe, Liz Elsby

11:30 – 12:30  Lunch/Meal Break

12:30 – 1:45  Project Design Session II: Individual Projects, Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman [for teacher-participants only]

1:45 – 2:00  Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:00 Children During the Holocaust: Debates, Sources, Findings, Prof. Deborah Dwork (Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University)

3:00 – 3:45  Interpreting Sources in the Classroom: Jewish Children in Nazi-Controlled Europe, Prof. Deborah Dwork

Thursday, July 22

8:45 – 9:00  Opening Session/Agenda Overview/Questions; Dr. Weiman/Prof. Pegelow Kaplan, Reflection by teacher-participant

9:00 –11:00  Testimony – Escaping Nazi-Controlled Europe: Holocaust Child Survivors: Witnessing, Conveying Lessons, and the Future of Holocaust Testimony, Panel Discussion with survivors Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (Florida) and Margot Lobree (North Carolina); moderated by Prof. Chris Patti (Appalachian State University)

11:00 – 11:15  Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30  Anne Frank and the Teaching of the Holocaust, Talli Dippold (Queens University)

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch/Meal Break

1:30-3:00  Testimony – Indonesian Lullaby: Surviving the Shoah in the Netherlands, Holocaust Child Dr. Alfred Münzer (Washington, D.C.), with an introduction by Dr. Racelle Weiman 

Friday, July 23

8:45 – 9:00  Opening Session/Questions Dr. Weiman/Prof. Pegelow Kaplan; Reflection with teacher-participant 

9: 00 – 10:15  Are They Too Young? Genocide Education and Young Learners, Dr. Elizabeth Bellows (Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University)

10:15 – 10:30  Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 Children in the Rwandan Genocide, Dr. Weiman

11:00 – 12:30 Testimony – Surviving the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Child Survivor Umuhire Ntabana in conversation with Dr. Racelle Weiman 

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch/Meal Break

1:30 – 3:30 Project Design Session III: Participants’ Presentations for Excellence in Education 

3:30 – 4:00  Closing Circle and Graduation