Seminar: Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Curriculum

Echoes and Reflections is a multimedia curriculum on the Holocaust. The exceptional ten chapter lessons were written specifically for high school students in the United States. This is a project that brought together three organizations—Yad Vashem, the ADL and the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

Ephraim Kaye, Director of International Seminars for Educators at Yad Vashem invited Dr. Esther Denaro Maltese, Founder and President of The Rose and Joseph Denaro Interfaith Center for the Study of Genocide and Violence Prevention to develop and coordinate an all day seminar for educators in the Rochester and surrounding area.

Dr. Esther Denaro Maltese introduces
Stephanie McMahon-Kaye

Stephanie McMahon-Kaye and the
Echoes and Reflections Curriculum

On Wednesday, August 18th Our Lady of Mercy High School welcomed Stephanie McMahon-Kaye, Director of International Seminars for Educators in English at Yad Vashem. She presented numerous pedagogical lessons on how to approach teaching the Holocaust in the classroom via the Echoes and Reflections Curriculum.

As illustrated in the Echoes and Reflections Curriculum, "Studying the Holocaust can help students think about the use and abuse of power and the roles and responsibility of individuals, organizations and nations when confronted with human rights violations. It can heighten the awareness of the potential for genocide in the contemporary world. The Holocaust provides a context for exploring the dangers of remaining indifferent and silent in the face of the oppression of others. As students gain insight into the many historical, social, religious, political and economic factors that cumulatively resulted in the Holocaust, they can gain awareness into the complexity of the historical process and a perspective on how a convergence of facts can contribute to the disintegration of democratic values."

Echoes anad Refletions Students
Thoughtful Contemplation

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Ultimately, "Studying the Holocaust provides students with an opportunity to define their own role as responsible citizens of the world. It is critical that today’s youth examine the past in order to grapple with the devastating results of prejudice and begin to implement what they have learned in their daily lives, so that they can better understand how to interrupt hateful behaviors in their schools, communities, society and beyond."

-From- Echoes and Reflections
A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust