Day of Learning Workshops

Workshops for Students (Grades 7-9)

“Everyone Has A Name”: Using Art to Remember the Holocaust
In this workshop students explore the Holocaust by creating poetry and drawings. Through this process we will acknowledge individuals who survived or perished, while restoring their identity and giving form to their lives.

The Path to Genocide: Six Phases of the Holocaust
How and why did the Nazis gain power in Germany? When did the Holocaust start? In this workshop we will learn about propaganda, ghettos, and the path to genocide.

Workshops for Students (Grades 10-12)

Action Through Art: Using Blackout Poetry to Overcome Hate Speech
Blackout poetry is created by removing words from existing text. In this workshop participants will create blackout poetry from the pages of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. By using this challenging text, we will explore how this strategy works to reduce prejudice today.

Anne Frank: A History for Today
In this workshop we will explore and analyze images from the international exhibition Anne Frank – A History for Today. By working with historical images of Anne Frank’s family, we will focus on Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, the Nazification of Germany, and the Holocaust.

April 24, 1915: Breaking Point of the Armenian Genocide
On the eve of April 24, 1915 the Ottoman government arrested and imprisoned hundreds of Armenian leaders in Constantinople, Turkey (now Istanbul). Orders went out to eliminate the Armenian population through forced deportations into the desert. What can be learned from April 24 about how genocide is planned and carried out?

“Awake and Fight”: Acts of Resistance in the Camps and Ghettos
Six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. How could so many people be killed? Did Jews fight back? In this workshop we will explore what Jewish resistance looked like in Nazi Germany’s camps and ghettos.

Hannah Senesh: A Female Resistance Fighter
As a young Jewish girl in Europe Hannah Senesh faced discrimination. On the eve of World War II she escaped to Palestine, where she became a poet and trained with the British Army. In 1944 Hannah parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to help save her fellow Hungarian Jews. What motivated her to take that risk?

Happening Now: Genocide in Myanmar
Who are the Rohingya and why have hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees recently fled Myanmar? What responsibility does the world have to end what the United Nations is calling “ethnic cleansing” and many are labeling “genocide”? In this workshop we’ll explore the plight of the Rohingya and what we can do to help end these current atrocities.

He Said No: How One German Soldier Saved 100 Jewish Lives
How does one stand up to evil? In this workshop we will examine the story of Dr. Albert Battel, a courageous lieutenant in the German Army who saved 100 Jewish lives by resisting orders.

Me Becomes We: Resistance and Rescue in the Holocaust and Today
What makes someone decide to help a stranger? How can history teach us to stand up for those who are different from us? In this workshop we’ll look at courageous individuals who risked their lives to save those who were targeted for persecution.

Patterns of Genocide: Cambodia and Rwanda
Cambodia and Rwanda are very different countries, yet both experienced racial and political tensions that led to genocide in the 20th century. In this workshop we will explore the similarities and differences between the genocidal atrocities that occurred in these two unique cultures and led to the murder of innocent people.

Peer Pressure or Prejudice? What Motivated Perpetrators During the Holocaust?
What causes otherwise ordinary people to engage in cruelty, violence, and murder? What can we learn about the human capacity for such actions from specific episodes of mass violence during the Holocaust, such as Kristallnacht?

Voyage of the St. Louis: A Ship With No Harbor
On May 13, 1939 a ship called the St. Louis set sail from Germany with more than 900 passengers, almost all of them Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Denied entry by Cuba and the United States, the ship and its passengers were forced to return to Europe two months before the start of World War II. Join us to learn more about this ill-fated voyage.

What Are Your Breaking Points? When and How Do You Resist?
During World War II many Jews fought back against Nazi oppression — spiritually, politically, and through the armed resistance of Jewish partisans. Explore the events that drove them to resist, learn how they fought back, and discover the breaking points in your own life that may inspire you to stand up and take action.

The Yazidi Genocide: Religious Extremism and Atrocity in the Middle East
ISIS is currently perpetrating a genocide against the Yazidi people in Iraq and Syria, yet their atrocities have been largely ignored by the western media. In this workshop we will examine violence against the Yazidis as a case study to investigate the patterns of genocide.

Workshops for Teachers

Breaking Barriers: Disrupting the Escalation of Hate
Together we will break down barriers of bias and stereotypes. Join us for a facilitated activity and discussion about micro aggressions to enhance your own personal understanding of bias and identity.

Expelled: Teaching the Armenian Genocide Through One Family’s Story
April 24, 1915 marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. In just a few years a people who lived in their historic land for 3000 years ceased to exist. Through the story of one family’s struggle to survive we’ll explore the history of the genocide and draw connections to other 20th century genocides.

History Unfolded: What Did the Bay Area Know About the Holocaust?
History Unfolded, a project of the United States Holocaust History Museum, asks students and teachers to explore the archives of local publications to uncover what Americans knew about Nazism and the Holocaust in the 1930s and 1940s. In this workshop learn how to engage your students in this exciting new project!

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