2021 Symposium Schedule

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

All of the symposium’s keynote lectures, survivor testimonies and thematic presentations as well as the film screening are open to the public and free of charge. They are marked “Public. . .” in the program below and only require a simple ZOOM registration (please click here to register).

Teacher-participants (registrants and scholarship recipients) have access to the symposium webpages with access to all training workshops and pre-recorded presentations and materials. To get to the sites (on ASULearn Global), please click here.


Sunday, July 18

10:00 – 11:30 am Welcome & Introductions (Access via website):

Welcoming Remarks, Dean Dr. Neva Specht(Appalachian State University)

Welcoming Remarks, Kurt Love (President, Temple of the High Country)

Introductions of Symposium Co-Directors and Teacher-Participants 

Children During the Holocaust, Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Appalachian State University)

Teaching the Unteachable, Dr. Racelle Weiman (Florida)

11:30 am -12:30 pm Lunch/Meal Break

12:30-2:00 pm Public Keynote Lecture: Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism: Long Histories, Present Dangers, Rabbi Prof. Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University) (Registration required)

2:00 – 2:15 pm Coffee Break

2:15 – 3:15 pm Public Presentation: The Mosaic that is the Mosaic People: Judaism and Jews, Dr. Racelle Weiman (Registration required)


Monday, July 19

9:00 – 9:30 am Discussion: Destroying Democracy, Building Dictatorship: The Nazi Movement and the Youth; Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
(Watch pre-recorded lecture online before start of program. Access via website)

9:30 – 10:45 am Teacher Workshop I: Humanizing Approaches to Holocaust Education: Interactive Introductions (Access via website)

Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman 

10:45 – 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Teacher Workshop II: Philosophy, Resources, and Group Formation,
Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman (Access via website)

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch/Meal Break

1:00 – 2:00 pm Public Presentation: 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) (Registration required)

2:00 – 2:15 pm Coffee Break

2:15 – 3:00 pm Interactive Interpreting Sources in the Classroom: Gentile Children in the Nazi State, Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice (Washington, DC)


Tuesday, July 20

8:45 –9:45 am Public Discussion: Children During the Holocaust and Its Aftermath, Dr. Eva Fogelman (New York City) (Registration required)

(Watch pre-recorded lecture online before start of program. Access via website)

9:45-10:00 am Coffee Break

10:00-10:45 am Workshop III a: Individual Projects 

10:45 am – 11:30 pm Early Lunch/Meal Break

11:30 am - 12:25 pm  Public Testimony [Please note the changed start time]: Hiding in Nazi-Occupied Poland: Holocaust Child Survivor Prof. Emeritus Shimon Redlich (Israel) interviewed by Prof. Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia—Charlottesville) (Registration required)

12:25-12:30 pm  Coffee Break

12:30 – 1:45 pm Public Film Screening: Natan Gross’ and Shaul Goskind’s Unzere Kinder (1948) (Registration required)

1:45-2:30 pm Discussion of Unzere Kinder with Prof. Gabriel Finder (UVA) and Prof. Emeritus Shimon Redlich (Israel), who also starred in the film

5:00-6:00 pm Symposium Social for Teacher-Participants, Symposium Faculty and Guests 

(Access via website)


Wednesday, July 21

Watch pre-recorded tour of Yad Vashem and memorials to the children who perished in the Shoah online before start of program (Access via website)

8:15 – 9:45 am Interactive Presentation: Studying the Holocaust, Liz Elsby (Yad Vashem/Echoes and Reflections, Jerusalem, Israel) (Access via website)

9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:30 am Public Presentation: Jewish Children in Ghettos and Camps of Nazi-Occupied Europe, Liz Elsby (Israel) (Registration required)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch/Meal Break

12:30 – 1:45 pm Workshop III b: Individual Projects,
Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman 

1:45 – 2:00 pm Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm Public Presentation: Kindertransporte during the Shoah, Prof. Deborah Dwork (Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center – CUNY) (Registration required)

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


Thursday, July 22


Watch pre-recorded Testimony and Conversation between Child Survivor Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (Florida) and Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Access via website)

9:00 –11:00 am Public Testimony: Escaping Nazi-Controlled Europe: Child Survivors SpeakKindertransport Survivor Margot Lobree (North Carolina) and Holocaust Educator and Survivor Dr. Miriam Klein-Kassenoff (Florida) in conversation with Prof. Chris Patti and Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Appalachian State University) (Registration required)

11:00 – 12:00 pm Coffee/Lunch Break

12:00 – 1:30 pm Public Testimony: Indonesian Lullaby: Surviving the Shoah in the Netherlands, Holocaust Child Dr. Alfred Münzer (Washington, D.C.), with an introduction by Dr. Racelle Weiman (Registration required)

(also Lunch & Learn Lecture Series, Appalachian Summer)

1:30 – 2:00 pm Coffee Break

2:00 –2:45 pm Discussion: Anne Frank and the Teaching of the Holocaust, Talli Dippold (Queens University) 

(Watch pre-recorded lecture online before start of program. Access via website)


Friday, July 23

9: 00 – 9:45 am Discussion: Are They Too Young? Genocide Education and Young Learners, Dr. Elizabeth Bellows (Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University)
(Watch pre-recorded lecture online before start of program. Access via website)

9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee Break

10:00 am – 11:45 pm Public Testimony: Surviving the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Child Survivor Umuhire Ntabana, introduced and moderated by Dr. Racelle Weiman 

(Registration required)

11:45 – 1:00 pm Lunch/Meal Break

1:00 – 3:00 pm Workshop IV: Participants’ Presentations for Excellence in Education (Access via website)

3:00 – 3:30 pm Closing Circle (Access via website)

Facilitator: Dr. Racelle Weiman