For over a decade, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) in New York, has helped organize summer teacher-training programs in the United States to foster Holocaust education. To date, this initiative has brought more than 300 teachers from some thirteen countries to U.S. Holocaust-related institutions for training seminars. Given that 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, there is a renewed interest by teachers and others in Europe in Holocaust-related issues as the survivor generation passes on.
Overall these teacher-training programs have been highly effective. Teachers are exposed to new and innovative methods of teaching the Holocaust, and by interacting with each other and with American participants, they gain new perspectives on the challenges of teaching the history of the Holocaust.
The 2020 participating institutions and dates are the following: Holocaust Museum Houston (June 9-12), the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Cincinnati (June 15-19), the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Columbia University, NYC (June 20-25), and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina (July 25-30).
Program related costs will be fully covered by the participating institutes.
Participants must be secondary school teachers of social studies, literature or history and fully fluent in English.
The application must include:
- Name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of the applicant
- Name, address and telephone number of current workplace
- English language CV
- English language summary of previous/current Holocaust education related activities (researches, curriculum designing, project designing etc.)
Only successful applicants will be notified and invited for further personal interview.