Seminars for 10th, 11th and 12th grades and youth delegations to Poland
The program of seminars for 10th, 11th and 12th grades and youth delegations to Poland comprises instructional activity in exhibitions, theoretical and art workshops, lectures, and meetings with Holocaust survivors.
We offer one-day and two-day seminars.
You will be able to choose the content and activities that interest you, and contact us to finalize arrangements regarding material and dates.
Workshops and Lectures
Anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia
Racism and anti-Semitism in Nazi ideology – was it really a licsense for genocide? (workshop)
In the workshop we examine images and symbols that reflect the Nazi ideology by analyzing postage stamps, caricatures, placards and propaganda films.
The face of hatred – contemporary anti-Semitism and xenophobia (lecture)
Dealing with denial of the Holocaust and contemporary racism and anti-Semitism
Society, medicine, morality – “euthanasia” in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945
The “euthanasia” issue: the murder of those defined as physically and mentally disabled – adults and children defined as Arians, together with gypsies and Jews. Attitudes toward the disabled are the focal point of this workshop. This part constitutes a discussion of the perception of humankind in the Nazi regime in comparison with a democratic society.
The character of the murderers (workshop)
In the workshop we will examine the personalities of the S.S, the military, and police officers who actively took part in the murder of Jews. The workshop points out the processes that led to the negation of the humanity of those defined as enemies, the dangers in blind compliance with authority, the real meaning of “a clearly illegal order”; the question of personal accountability in the military and in totalitarian societies will be examined.
From deprivation of rights to deprivation of life (lecture + film)
The stages in the Nazi policy toward Jews, 1933 – 1945 – the final solution: how did the policy of the final extermination of European Jewry develop?
Jewish victims: response patterns of the individual and the leadership during the Holocaust
Three lines in history: Zionist youth movements in Europe (workshop)
The meaning of the rebellion of youth in the 1930s and the dilemma of members of the Jewish youth movements on the eve of World War II in view of the Holocaust.
The Warsaw Ghetto – daily life in the ghetto as reflected in photographs and diaries (workshop)
Dilemmas of the individual and the leadership in the Warsaw Ghetto. The decision-making system in a reality of “a choice of no choice.”
Haim Romkovsky and the Jews of Lodz (workshop)
Discussion of the controversial character of the head of the Judenrat in the Lodz Ghetto, while focusing on work as a means of resscue which he instated in the ghetto.
Leadership ensnared – the dilemmas of the heads of the Judenrat (workshop)
The patterns of Jewish leadership in the ghettos; Analysis of the complexity of the ethical dilemmas which the heads of the Judenrat in the ghettos faced, while ensnared between the constraint to obey the Germans and the desire to maintain life and survive until liberation.
Human beings in the concentration camps (workshop)
The daily life of the prisoners in the concentration camps: the social structure of the camps, the struggle to survive, the reciprocal relations between prisoners, and coping with the processes of the loss of personal and human identity.
The world of the camps (lecture)
The types of camps; the German policy toward prisoners; the daily life of the prisoners.
The accountability of bystanders
People as human beings – the rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust (workshop)
In the workshop we will examine cases in which non-Jews risked their lives in order to save Jews during the Holocaust. We will examine the moral accountability of “bystanders” for the atrocities carried out nearby, as well as the way people respond today to acts of rescue.
Memory and representation in Israeli society
What is the holocaust? (workshop)
Clarifying the images of and attitudes toward the Holocaust; discussion of questions related to personal identity, memory, and interpretation of the Holocaust, as well as the proper place of the memory of the Holocaust in building Israeli identity.
Representation of the Holocaust in Israeli cinema (lecture)
A lecture that traces the way in which the image of Holocaust survivors was shaped in Israeli cinema from the 1940s until the present.
The impressions people leave (workshop)
How did the Holocaust victims wish to be remembered? What was their last will and testament? We will examine primary sources: diaries, drawings, poems, and letters that document the events of the Holocaust, and raise questions about the very act of documentation and preservation of memory.
Memory of the Holocaust – art workshops
External and Internal
Examining individual and collective memory by designing plaster of Paris masks.
Creating collages as a means for expressing the significance of the memory of the Holocaust.
From there to here (a theoretical and art workshop)
Shaping the personal experience of the journey to Poland through the artistic processing of photographs from the trip. The workshop will process the emotional dimension and the participants’ group experience.
The educational museum: exhibit tours
Six million accusers – the State of Israel vs. Adolf Eichmann
The main exhibit in the museum is devoted to the Eichmann trial (1961) and its effect on the Holocaust discourse in Israeli society. The exhibit deals with the Holocaust as it was reflected in the testimonies and evidence produced at the trial. The exhibit comprises a multi-screen display which tells the stories of the witnesses, and an interactive multimedia display based on filmed testimonies and thousands of photographs and documents.
Three Lines of History – The Zionist Youth Movements, 1928-1948
The story of the members of the youth movements, Hanoar Hazioni [The Zionist Youth] and Akiva; The exhibit has three sections: the ken [clubhouse] – the youth movements on the eve of World War II; Deportation: the activities of members of the youth movements during the Holocaust; Destination – Eretz Israel: After the war, members of the youth movements volunteered to bring the Holocaust survivors to the shores of Eretz Israel. The exhibit comprises a video film based on primary sources, set to music by the Shakatak ensemble, viewing personal testimonies and artifacts of the period.
Addressee has left Deestination Unknown – mail from occupied Europe during the Holocaust
A unique collection of postal items from the Holocaust years, illustrating the attempts made by the deportees to maintain contact with their relatives, receive and send real information about their fate, and find ways to be rescued.
What was the word ‘Shoa’? the memory of the Holocaust in the cultural discourse in Israel
The exhibit reflects the changes that took place in Israeli society regarding its attitude to the Holocaust and the survivors. The exhibit focuses on the theater, cinema, literature and the visual arts, and includes an interactive multimedia display which enables visitor to learn and respond to different subjects that relate to the Holocaust in the public discourse in Israel.
The face of race and the face of memory – an installation by artist Hayim Maor
Maor examines the Holocaust from a personal perspective; he is Israeli-born, and a son of Holocaust survivors who devoted his artistic endeavor to the effect that the Holocaust had on him.
The installation has two layers. On the first, the Holocaust is presented through symbols that represent the burden carried by both the children of the survivors and the executioners; this is achieved by showing a charged encounter between Maor and Suzanna – a German woman. On the second, the visitor is requested to become an active partner in the experience and confront its images and attitudes.
Proposals for seminar programs
Example of a two-day seminar
9:00: Meeting at the memorial site
9:30 Opening discussion – what is the Holocaust? Clarifying the images and attitudes to the Holocaust.
11:00 Workshop: euthanasia in Nazi Germany
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Settling in the dormitory
14:00 Workshop: the characters of the murderers
15:30 Break and light refreshment
16:00 Meeting with a person who gave testimony
19:00 Talk: The face of the Holocaust – contemporary anti-Semitism and xenophobia
20:30 Light refreshment
21:00 Social activity/ feature film
8:30 Workshop: Ensnared leadership – the dilemmas of the heads of the Judenrat in the ghettos
9:30 Visit to the exhibit: Three Lines of History – the story of the members of the Zionist youth movements
10:30 Break and light refreshment
11:00 Meeting with a person who gave testimony
12:30 Lunch break
13:15 Six million prosecutors – a visit to the Eichmann trial exhibit
15:00 Art workshop: External and internal – examining individual memory vs. collective memory by creating plaster of Paris masks.
Example of a one-day seminar for delegations to Poland
9:00 Meeting at the memorial site
9:30 Workshop and activity at the Tel Aviv-Warsaw-Tel Aviv exhibition
10:45 Art workshop: External and internal – examining individual memory vs. collective memory by creating plaster of Paris masks.
12:30 Lunch break
13:00 Museum tour: Six million prosecutors - the State of Israel vs. Adolf Eichmann
What was the word ‘Holocaust’? – The Holocaust discourse in Israeli society.
15:30 Meeting with a person who gave a testimony