January 25, 2001
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM HOSTS EDUCATION FORUM IN LOS ANGELES
Museum Pays for Substitutes to Ensure Teachers are Able to Attend
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host its first Forum on Holocaust Education for teachers in the Los Angeles area, from March 29-31, 2001, at the University of California at Los Angeles. The three-day conference will include seminars covering the horrors that took place 60 years ago, the use of technology to teach them, and teaching issues associated with that part of history. The conference is free and the Museum will provide funding for substitutes to cover classes for participating educators.
“Given the present teacher shortage in California and the problems associated with obtaining substitute teachers, the Museum will provide funding for substitutes so that classroom teachers will be able to attend the forum,” explained Stephen Feinberg, Director of National Outreach in the Museum’s Education Division.
Participants will have an opportunity to meet and exchange information with scholars, educators from the U.S. Holocaust Museum and representatives of other related organizations in the L.A. area, including the Anti-Defamation League, Facing History and Ourselves, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Museum of Tolerance, and the Shoah foundation. Holocaust survivor Vladka Meed, who was a resistance leader during the war, and Dr. Michael Berenbaum of the University of Judaism will present the keynote address on the importance of Holocaust education. There will also be a special showing of the newly released film Into the Arms of Strangers. A conference schedule is attached.
The conference is open to the first 100 classroom teachers to apply. For an application form or for more information, contact Stephen Feinberg in the Museum’s Education Office at (202) 488-0456. The application deadline is February 23, 2001.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which has hosted more than 15 million visitors since it opened in 1993, is America’s national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. The Museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.