HMH Bearing Witness - November 2016


Intensity and Integrity: The 2016 Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute

Curatorial Department

From interactive learning to preservation of oral history artifacts and extending the Museum’s reach across the world, the HMH Curatorial Department achieved several milestones in 2016. The digitization of HMH’s Oral Testimonies at the Shoah Foundation reached a major goal in 2016 with the completion of the digitization of the tapes in the collection. We are now undergoing the next phase – indexing. To date, 225 digital video files have been indexed. We anticipate completion of indexing by the end of 2016. We expect our testimonies to be “live” on Shoah’s Visual History Archive (VHA) by February, 2017!

How did the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute affect your thinking? How did it not? I found myself continually circling back to stories, people, cultures and experiences that are different than me. This was the closest experience I have had to graduate school. Learning is addictive and this is high quality. I am encouraged to spend more time on context and theory before introducing specific facts. Thank you for this opportunity. I am a better person and educator because of it. I have learned a host of new ways to explain and explore the Holocaust, genocide and current conflicts. This was an amazing week. I’m even more focused on teaching the importance of the individual to history. Thank you for making me a better teacher. This was an intellectually and pedagogically enriching experience. My knowledge has deepened. It is always a moving, inspiring, and motivating learning experience. I will be back next year! This being my first Summer Institute, I was welcomed with open arms and directions. HMH always presents the best seminars! They are very thoughtful and welcoming; the heart beat of this fine institution. Thanks to all involved in planning, teaching and funding. The Education Depart and HMH thank our loyal donors: the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Endowment Fund; the Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Fund; and the Anna & Emil Steinberger Scholarship for Teacher Education Endowment Fund.

The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute was a success in 2016, including our second “Holocaust Education 101” session on the first day of the week. The intent of this additional programming, extending the typical four-day institute, is to introduce those new to Holocaust education to the framework for teaching the subject. Forty educators participated this year, including three teachers from Romania. The Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture was presented by Professor Lawrence R. Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. He spoke about justice as it is understood after the Holocaust. The following reflections from participants illuminate their experiences: For returning participants, what led you to attend the program this year? There are always amazing speakers who challenge me intellectually; I also appreciate the resources, connections, and networking opportunities provided. For new participants, what motivated you to apply to this program? Being a family with other educators. I heard this would happen, and it did. The moving and transformative experience I was provided during the Warren Fellowship. I am glad to have attended this amazing program.

Excited conversation, Chaz Z.

Alexandra Zapruder.

Several items from HMH’s Permanent Collection will be on exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. The Bullock Museum is hosting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” through January 9, 2017. Museum officials approached HMH requesting materials that could enhance the Bullock’s interpretation of the exhibition. Our contributions will challenge visitors to actively question, analyze and explore the long- term effects of propaganda. The Destroyed Communities interactive learning center reached a milestone on September 23, 2016. The database now offers access to 40 communities, 101 survivors and more than 460 photographs. Utilizing the touchscreen on

Elie Wiesel reading, Day 1.

From the Permanent Collection of Holocaust

Museum Houston; 2011.3.28, “If International Finance Jewry should succeed once more in plunging the peoples into a world war, the result will not be the victory of Jewry, but rather the destruction of the Jewish race in Europe. Adolf Hitler.”

Rosine Chappell with Romanian educators.

display in the Boniuk Library, visitors may now learn about the history of each community displayed on the HMH Memorial Slope, view photos of life before the Holocaust, and read Survivor stories. Members and guests will recall HMH’s medical ethics exhibition “How Healing Becomes Killing” on display in the Mincberg Gallery in 2007. We are excited to announce that a portion of the exhibition will be on permanent display at The Central Museum of Medicine of Ukraine in Kiev. The project could not have been realized without the contribution of Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld, founder of the Center for Medicine after The Holocaust (CMATH) in Houston. Please contact Carol Manley, HMH Curator for more information.

Holocaust 101 with Dr. Mary Johnson, Facing History and Ourselves.

Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute, Group 2016.

At work.


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