Conference Proceeding: Together We Will Remember: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Brought a Community Together Around Holocaust Study - For Twenty Years!

For over twenty years, Akron, Ohio’s Jewish Community and the Akron-Summit County Public Library have worked collaboratively to offer middle and high school educators (from urban and suburban public, private, and parochial schools) and interested community members an annual opportunity to engage in learning and dialogue around topics of Holocaust study. This community seminar has welcomed keynote speakers from art institutions, USHMM, local universities, the Northern Cheyenne Nation, and more, along with local survivors, liberators, and Second Generation family to bear witness to the events that have shaped and inform their lives. Seminar topics are wide-ranging, from the experiences of women and children in the Holocaust to the role of Helpers and Bystanders, and more. This presentation will focus on the strengths and strategies of collaboration, the evolution of the seminar to address state mandates for public education and a changing demographic, and best practices in conveying the lessons of the Holocaust to new generations of students through dialogue and print, media, and e-media resources.

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