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Belfer National Conference for Educators

2023 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators

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2023 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators

June 26–28, 2023

Registration for the 2023 Conference will open on January 15, 2023. Sign up for a registration reminder.

Designed to support accurate, meaningful teaching about the Holocaust, the Belfer National Conference for Educators is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s flagship event for secondary school educators across the country. 

The conference invites participants to engage with current historical research and instructional best practices. Educators discover and learn how to use various classroom resources, find inspiration in new ideas, and connect with peers engaged in similar work across the United States and worldwide.

The free 3-day virtual conference features sessions designed for: 

  • Middle and high school educators 
  • Belfer conferences alumni
  • District, state, and school-level administrators and curriculum leaders

During the conference, participants will:

  • Access historically accurate classroom-ready lessons and resources based on the Museum’s extensive collections 
  • Learn how teaching about the Holocaust meets curricular goals and standards
  • Hear directly from Holocaust survivors and seasoned educators
  • Participate in live, interactive sessions with Museum historians, who are subject matter experts and among the most authoritative voices in the field.
  • Join a worldwide support community dedicated to helping educators teach Holocaust history

Benefits of Participation:

  • Earn 24 hours of state-certified professional development.
  • Access sessions live or on-demand through a flexible virtual platform. 
  • Free books and resources mailed directly to you (domestic attendees only)

2023 Key Themes

This year’s conference addresses two key themes critical to teaching about the Holocaust: 

Teaching with Evidence

In 50 countries across six continents, the Museum is urgently collecting evidence of the Holocaust before it is too late—before fragile documents and artifacts disintegrate and while those who can bear witness are still able to do so.

This year’s conference takes you behind the scenes of the Museum’s vast collections, places not open to the public, sharing lessons and classroom strategies. 

Confronting Antisemitism

There is a documented dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents in the United States: whether from politicians, athletes, entertainers, the media, or other people of influence; or online; or in public spaces such as a bridge in Los Angeles or a college football game in Florida—antisemitic rhetoric is increasing in frequency, visibility, and intensity.

Teachers are on the front lines of educating about antisemitism, and this conference provides valuable resources and support.

Holocaust Survivor Susan Warsinger

Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger

Holocaust survivor Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger will discuss the importance of first-person testimony and the unique perspective it provides for teaching about American history as well as Holocaust history. 

Susan Warsinger was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, in 1929. Following Kristallnacht, Susan and her brother, Joseph, were smuggled into France. After Germany invaded France in May 1940, they were evacuated from a children’s home in Paris and fled with their guardians to the unoccupied part of the country. They eventually immigrated to the United States in September 1941 and were reunited with their parents and younger brother. Her experiences are featured in the documentary The US and the Holocaust.

Featured Session Topics

Full conference schedule available in March

Conference sessions support secondary school educators and administrators with all levels of experience, offering resources and practical strategies for English and history classrooms, and other subject areas, including:

  • How teachers can help students make appropriate connections to the past
  • How the United States government and the American people responded to Nazism
  • How to build a unit—from a day to semester—using Museum resources
  • How to highlight survivor stories in your curriculum
  • How to share information from live history sessions with Museum historians to prompt student thinking
  • How teaching about the Holocaust helps curriculum leaders and administrators meet standards

This program is made possible with generous support from the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Foundation.

Please direct any questions to Chelsea Halling-Nye at challing@ushmm.org.