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Belfer National Conference for Educators

2024 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators

Conference Details

2024 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators: A Virtual Event June 24-26, 2024

Registration for the 2024 Conference will open in January. Sign up to receive an alert when registration opens.

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)

Please note that real-time attendance is not required at the Conference — all content will be available to registrants for up to six months after the event.

2023 Conference Agenda

Morning sessions begin each day at 9:45 am ET; afternoon sessions begin at noon and end at 3 pm ET.

Monday, June 26, 2023


  • Welcome to the Conference

  • Why the Jews? Nazi Racial Antisemitism

  • Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust

  • History Speaks if We Listen: Historical Connections in the Classroom

  • Americans and the Holocaust

  • Monday’s keynote: Nazi Ideology with Dr. Will Meinecke and Dr. Edna Friedberg

Lunch Break


  • A Professor’s Plea: Exploring the Franz Goldberger Collections with Suzy Snyder and Ron Coleman

  • Experiencing History through Material Culture with Dr. Mark Alexander

  • Propaganda of “Denazification” in Ukraine with Dr. Peter Black

Tuesday, June 27, 2023


  • Start Where You Are: Teaching about the Holocaust

  • Spanish Language Museum Resources

  • Reaching all Students: Learning Modifications for Museum Resources

  • Context is Crucial: the Holocaust Literature Guide

  • Timeline Lesson: Contextualizing Holocaust History

  • Art, Memory, and Authentic Assessment

  • Classroom-Ready Lessons

  • Constructing a Holocaust Unit using Museum Resources

Lunch Break


  • Nazi Persecution of Persons with Disabilities with Dr. Patricia Heberer-Rice

  • Nazi Looting and Postwar Restitution with Dr. Lisa Leff

  • Propaganda: The Art of Arthur Szyk with Dr. Steve Luckert

Wednesday, June 28, 2023


On this day, choose from the following:

  • Trauma and Resilience: Postwar Survivor Testimony OR Holocaust Education and Curriculum Requirements (for supervisors and curriculum leaders)

  • Why Didn’t They Just Leave? Challenges of Escape OR Diaries and Memoirs in Historical Context: Night and Anne Frank Timeline Extension Lessons

  • Teaching with Survivor Testimony OR Teaching with Primary Sources

  • Teaching about the Holocaust in the English Classroom OR Teaching about Racial “Science” in the US and Germany

  • Wednesday’s Keynote: Every Object Tells How and Why: The Museum’s Collection of Record

Lunch Break


  • Antisemitism and Economics in Nazi Germany with Dr. Lindsay MacNeill

  • Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor with Susan Warsinger

  • Motivation and Choice during the Holocaust with Dr. Jake Newsome

  • Conference Closing

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

Please direct any questions to Chelsea Halling-Nye at