Memory into Memoir: Teaching Through Personal History
On December 1, 2017, Chhange hosted the 16th annual Council of Holocaust Educators (CHE) Conference. This workshop focused on teaching educators how to bring the powerful impact of personal history into their classrooms.
This year’s CHE Conference brought educators diverse methods utilizing primary and secondary sources to engage students in history. Guest speakers included memoirist Alexandra Zapruder, author of Twenty-Six Seconds; Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein & his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, authors of Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Survivor of Auschwitz; and Susan Stein, educator and playwright. The conference also includes a memoirist panel featuring Maud Dahme, a survivor of the Holocaust, Consolee Nishimwe, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and Adrienne McOmber, a descendant of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide.
Conference participants were also the first educators to preview Chhange’s dynamic new exhibit Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience. This exhibit exposes students to the compelling human story behind the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Using video testimony and archival items of local survivors, personal history becomes the dynamic vehicle with which students connect the lessons of genocide to today’s world. Visits conclude with Stand Up for Human Rights, an interactive technology section which enables student groups to explore, process, and take action.
For more information about the Council for Holocaust Educators, please contact Colleen Tambuscio at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 17th Annual CHE Conference will take place in December 2018. Please check the Chhange website beginning in September 2018 for information about this year's theme and to register.