Sacramento Examiner

Teaching about the Holocaust in Sacramento schools

By Anne Hart

Sacramento Examiner

September 20, 2011

Sacramento has so many teaching materials for classroom study about the Holocaust. The reason Sacramento schools teach about the Holocaust is to teach tolerance and respect in the schools as well as teaching history. For example, there are so many teacher's networks for teaching about the Holocaust in Sacramento schools. Check out websites such as The Teacher's Network » Teaching the Holocaust, for guidelines. Also see, Central Valley Holocaust Educators' Network » Events.

Look at resources on the web for teaching about the Holocaust in Sacramento schools. See, Beyond Our Walls: State Profiles on Holocaust Education. Sacramento schools can still teach about the Holocaust. But in some areas, it's forbidden to teach about the Holocaust in schools. See, Holocaust Teaching Ban.

Advertisement Why did some schools in other areas no longer teach about the Holocaust for fear of offending some students, according to the website,  Holocaust Teaching Ban? And why did some of those schools start teaching the subject again in public schools? The phenomenon is a project for schools, why would some schools ban this era of history as the World War II generation reaches their mid-eighties. Is the subject part of public school history for world history classes? See, Holocaust teaching controversy of 2007 - Wikipedia.

Sacramento schools might discuss these topics for example appearing on the sites, Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending | Mail Online and Schools drop Holocaust lessons to avoid offence - Times Online. Students might discuss why (in some European areas) did some teachers in some schools (not all, of course) drop history subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to cause any controversy. But why would history cause controversy in public schools when the goal of studying history is to help students learn respect and tolerance? Is it about the teaching skills? Or is it about creating outreach projects involving schools? Should students and teachers read the book, Teaching and Studying the Holocaust (PB) - Google Books Result? What students want to gain insight into is what happened in the history of the Holocaust just prior to the events. Also see the site, Holocaust lesson plans high school.

At least at Sacramento's California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), there's a museum exhibit which is a lesson for Sacramento residents, students and the public, in how some of the media of the World War II era generation photographed and collected information of deep concern to the culture of the war years. In Sacramento a new generation of young people at California State College, Sacramento are seeing a traveling exhibit of nearly 200 photos on 40 posters chart the course of the Holocaust in “The Courage to Remember,” a free exhibit at Sacramento State’s Anthropology Museum in Mendocino Hall.

Check out the September 20, 2011 Sacramento Bee article by Bill Lindelof, "CSUS hosts Holocaust exhibit loaned by Wiesenthal museum." Also, according to a September 15, 2011 CSUS press release by Craig Koscho, "Holocaust Exhibit Comes to Sacramento State," the exhibit is on loan from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and runs Sept. 20 through Nov. 4. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

A special opening and reception will be held at 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 20, with guest speakers Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley; Rabbi Alderstein, Simon Wiesenthal Center; Alfred Balitzer, Foundation for California; Denis Doute, SNCF America; Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters; Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn; Susan Hayward, Central Valley Holocaust Educator’s Network; Charles Gossett, dean of the College of Social Sciences; and Holocaust survivor Liz Igra.

The display offers new insights into the Holocaust and unfolds through four major themes:

• Nazi Germany, 1933-1938

• Moving Toward the “Final Solution,” 1939-1941

• Annihilation in Nazi-occupied Europe, 1941-1945

• Liberation – Building New Lives

While the magnitude and brutality of the Holocaust are unique, its root causes persist, and so it must always be remembered and examined, according to information from the Center. “For only informed, understanding and morally committed individuals can prevent such persecution from happening again.”

“The exhibit will bring a new generation of students face to face with the cruel historical realities lived by a generation now fading from our presence,” says Terri Castaneda, Sacramento State associate professor and museum director, according to the CSUS news release.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 4, to coincide with Sacramento State’s Genocide Conference, being held Nov. 2-4 , featuring special guest speaker Rwanda President Paul Kagame. “We are lucky to have the Courage to Remember exhibit come to our campus, where we can not only welcome visitors from the community, but also use it as a teaching and learning resource for our students,” says Castaneda in the press release. For more information on the exhibit, visit the website, Courage to Remember.

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