2016 Virginia Council of Social Studies Friend of Education Award Winner
Evil does not need your help, just your indifference.
- Hanns Loewenbach 1915-2012
The educational mission of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is threefold:
- To promote an understanding of the uniqueness and magnitude of the Holocaust, its unfolding stages, and its critical lessons
- To serve as an educational resource for students and teachers to learn about the Holocaust, racism, and the dangers of prejudice
- To help students apply the lessons of the Holocaust and other historical events – the dangers of discrimination, peer pressure, unthinking obedience to authority, and indifference – to the moral decisions they make in their own lives
Personal Stories of Survival During the Holocaust
For over thirty years, local survivors from the Holocaust Commission's Speakers' Bureau shared their stories with thousands of students throughout Tidewater. Read their biographies and the Personal Stories of other local survivors, liberators, and Righteous Gentiles.
What We Carry
What We Carry is a multimedia program that continues to share the messages of the last four Speakers’ Bureau survivors, and will soon share the stories of another local survivor, liberator and Righteous Gentile. Using raw interview footage and archival footage, the Holocaust Commission initially created four short films, each one based on a Speakers’ Bureau survivor’s experiences and reflections. The commission brings them to schools, military commands and community groups as part of a docent-led presentation including a vintage suitcase full of replicas of the photos, artifacts, and memorabilia the four retained from their Holocaust experiences. The new films premiered in May 2016, and the stories should be available for presentation by Spring 2017.
Elie Wiesel Competitions
The Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts competitions are open to middle and high school students annually, with cash prizes for winners and incentives for teachers.
White Rose and Red Rose
The White Rose Project and Red Rose Campaign honor martyred German teen activists Hans and Sophie Scholl, founders of The White Rose, the only group that publicly protested Nazi ideology and practices.
Your gift to the White Rose project purchases books and other educational materials for local schools to help educators teach students about the Holocaust.
Your gift to the Red Rose Campaign ($250 and above) helps fund larger projects, and provides vital funding for all of our educational programs. Thank you for considering a donation.
Awards for excellence in Holocaust education are offered by the Holocaust Commission to honor teachers in the area's public and private schools who have demonstrated excellence in Holocaust education. Learn More.
For the commemoration of the Day of the Holocaust, the commission sponsors an annual Yom Hashoah program that celebrates the power of the human spirit and the enduring faith of those who witnessed and survived the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel Competition and Teacher Award winners are honored at this event.
Through the Eyes of a Friend
Through the Eyes of a Friend is a dramatic presentation that offers students in Tidewater public and private schools the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through Anne Frank showing her world from a unique perspective.
Biennial educators’ conferences bring nationally recognized speakers, authors, and child advocates to the Tidewater area, to give teachers and school counselors continuing education for themselves, and practical tools to use in their schools.
Holocaust Resources on the Web
The Holocaust Commission has compiled a list of credible website links for students, teachers, and those seeking a greater understanding of the history and impact of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Commission of UJFT encourages teachers, students and the community at large to apply the lessons of history to the moral decisions they make each day.
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