Sunday, June 29, 2008

Welcome to the Blog!

I am excited to be selected as a participant in the Holocaust Education Seminar. As a high school teacher that uses blogs extensively in the classroom, I thought a blog would be a neat way to interact with one another while we go through the seminar, and who knows, maybe afterward. I like blogs because they are an easy way to have discussions, you can post links to interesting web sources, and it is easy to share pictures, audio podcasts, and videos. My students love them, and hopefully, so will we. I want to extend an invitation to be a part of this blog to all participants in the Holocaust Education Seminar. There is no pressure to post anything. You may observe and see what happens, but I would love to have anyone who feels like posting to jump on in!

I'd like to start things off by sharing a website with you that was reccomended to me by a summer institute participant. The name of the web sit is Life in a Jar - The Irena Sendler Project. It is a website detailing the story of four high school girls working on a National History Day project. They discovered a lady in Warsaw, Poland who hid children during Nazi occupation. The girls eventually wrote a play and have performed it in the US and Europe. The project has become internationally reknown and was even nominated for a Nobel Peace prize in 2007. It is definitely worth a look. Guideposts magazine just did a story about it called Class Act.

I hope to hear from all of you soon!

A photo of Irena Sendler


GailD said...

Thanks, Larry, for setting up the blog.

Life in a Jar is certainly a powerful story and project. I've just started reading the Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, which is also the story of a rescuer who lived in Warsaw.

We have so much to learn from the lived experiences of both the survivors and the rescuers.

Gail Desler

packerman said...

Thanks for the time and effort you have put into this blog. I look forward to reading and sharing ideas with other Holocaust educators. I am also excited about the idea of setting up an interactive blog site where students in our classes might interact with one another.

I am presently viewing the video series "SHOAH," which was filmed in the 1970's, interviewing Holocaust survivors. Being filmed 30 years after WWII, it presents first hand memories of both victimes and German soldiers who were still living at that time. It also takes the viewers to actual sites of atrocities. While intense, the series presents both information and perspective.

I look forward to meeting all of you in New York.
Pat Ackerman