Our Teacher Study Seminar series aims to extend historical knowledge, and/or to explore some of the pedagogical challenges of teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

These sessions are free to attend and open to anyone who has previously undertaken an introductory teacher training workshop, or other training, with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

All sessions will take place on Zoom. You will need a computer with a camera and microphone to participate.

Sunday 22 May 2022 (19:00-20:30)

The Ringelblum Archive in history and memory

Professor Havi Dreifuss (University of Tel Aviv)

The Ringelblum Archives were compiled by the Oneg Shabbat organisation headed by the historian and social activist Emanuel Ringelblum (1900-1944). The archives, which provide a record of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, were buried in 1942-43 and mostly rediscovered after the war. The first cache was uncovered in September 1946. The Ringelblum Archive remains the largest collection of Jewish documentation detailing the fate of the Jewish community in Warsaw under Nazi rule.

In partnership with Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS), join us over the course of two seminars, to explore the history of the Ringelblum Archive and discover ideas for how it can be discussed in the classroom.

Havi Dreifuss is Professor of Jewish history and Head of the Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations at Tel Aviv University, as well as Director of the Centre for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem. Her research deals with various aspects of everyday life during the Holocaust, including the relationship between Jews and Poles, religious life in light of the Holocaust, and Jewish existence in the face of extermination.

Tuesday 24 May 2022 (17:00-18:30)

Teaching the Ringelblum Archive

Shlomit Steiner

In support of our seminar with Havi Dreifuss (Sunday 22 May 2022), join us to explore how we might use elements of the Ringelblum Archive in our classrooms. The materials collected by the Oneg Shabbat include artefacts such as diaries, newspapers, statistical reports, poems and even sweet wrappers. The successful preservation of the majority of the archives may be considered little short of miraculous given the catastrophes which befell Warsaw from 1942 onwards: first the deportations and then the almost complete destruction of the city by the Nazis during the uprisings by the Jews and then, in 1944, by the Polish underground.

Shlomit Steiner works on the teacher training programme at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem.

All sessions are free to attend and open to anyone who has previously undertaken an introductory teacher training workshop with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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