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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Conference will be hosted at the Burton Barr Central Library and includes a Keynote Speaker, Workshop Options, Materials, and Dinner
$20 - General

4:15 PM - Registration
4:30 PM - Dinner
5:10 PM - Keynote Speaker
6:00 PM - Workshops



Keynote Speaker - Todd Hennessy
Yahad-In Unum Education Consultant, The Yahad Colorado Committee, and The Colorado Holocaust Educators

The theme of this event is Holocaust by Bullets. Catholic priest, Father Patrick Desbois has dedicated his life to documenting, identifying and examining the sites where Jews were exterminated by Nazi mobile units in Eastern Europe. Compiling new material and many eye-witness accounts, Father Patrick Desbois, has put together the definitive account of one of World War II’s bloodiest chapters.

Father Desbois is President of Yahad – In Unum, a global humanitarian organization he founded is dedicated to identifying and commemorating these sites of mass executions.

The Holocaust by Bullets Exhibit is on display:
January 26 - February 27, 2020 at the Burton Barr Library
March 2 - April 27, 2020 at Scottsdale Community College.

Session 1
6:00 PM - 7:25 PM



1A. Nazi War Crimes Tribunals: What We Can Learn about the Holocaust from
Perpetrator Testimony? Ohlendorf’s Defense at the War Crimes Tribunal
Bjorn Krondorfer, PhD. Director,
Martin Springer Institute, Northern Arizona University

In this workshop, we will read and study together an extract from Otto Ohlendorf’s defense at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Ohlendorf was the head of the Einsatzgruppe D (mobile killing unit) in the southern parts of the Soviet Union, including the Crimea. The records of his verbatim defense will be contrasted with other historical documents. This workshop offers materials for teachers to use in the classroom; it is open to anyone interested in this subject.


1B. Rescuing the Stories of Beth Hebrew, Phoenix
Volker Benkert, PhD, Philosophy, Arizona State University
Michael Levine, Phoenix-based Developer

Beth Hebrew’s story is a story of rescue. It begins with Fred and Elias Loewy’s resistance against Nazi Germany and Vichy France, where they saved 1500 people and supplied and fought with the resistance. Their story became a local story when they settled postwar Phoenix and helped found Beth Hebrew, an Orthodox synagogue in downtown Phoenix, serving many survivors. The synagogue eventually fell into disuse and was recently rescued from demolition by Michael Levine. The talk will explore the many stories encapsulated in the building and honor Holocaust survivors who rescued Jews and non-Jews and who built a remarkable community.


1C. Methodology of Teaching the Holocaust in the Public School Setting
Steve Glassman, Manager, Online Division, Grand Canyon University & former high school teacher

Includes guidelines and strategies for teaching the Holocaust in your classroom. The Shoah is also a springboard and benchmark to promote respect, understanding and the honoring of differences among the citizens of our country.


1D. Images of Persecution: Nazi Propaganda, Cartoons and their Enduring Nature
Alex Alvarez, Ph.D. Professor of Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University

The Nazi newspaper was renown for having an anti-Semitic cartoon on the front cover of all their editions. This session examines ways in which those graphic images helped facilitate anti-Semitic attitudes and practices within the large context of Nazi propaganda and persecution, thus enabling the Holocaust. Through a discussion of propaganda and a thematic analysis of these images, you will gain a better understanding of some of the way in which hatred and evil is nurtured and cultivated. Lastly, linkages will be made with present day anti-Semitic images and ideas to illustrate the enduring nature of these themes.


1E. Understanding the Holocaust Through Film
Eran Vaisben, PhD

Film and video are some of the most powerful media when it comes to conveying to young people an understanding of the experiences of those who suffered during the Holocaust. Both have the potential to invoke reflections and discussions on issues that might otherwise not be vocalized. Raising such issues often leads to a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. This session will include a presentation of some recent films and methodologies that use powerful messaging resulting in meaningful learning.


Session 2
7:35 PM - 9:00 PM


2A. The History of Antisemitism - An Historical and Interactive Approach
The Honorable Wendy S. Morton, Commissioner, Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County

An understanding of the history of antisemitism is essential for teaching any aspect of the Holocaust. Information on both historic and contemporary patterns of anti-Semitism with a primary focus on highlighting key aspects and issues of this longest hatred. This session will help the educator better incorporate the role of anti-Semitism into Holocaust Education.


2B. The Holocaust by Bullets
Kim Klett, Regional Education Corps, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The poignant story of how Catholic Priest, Father Patrick Desbois documents the daunting task of identifying and examining all the sites where Jews were exterminated b Nazi mobile units in the Ukraine in WWII. Compiling new archival material and many eye-witness accounts, Desbois has put together the first definitive account of one World War II’s bloodiest chapters. The exhibit, The Holocaust by Bullets is coming to Arizona in 2020.


2C. “Refuge and Resilience in Shanghai: A Far-Flung Chapter of the Holocaust”
Janice Friebaum, MS, MA. Vice President, Phoenix Holocaust Association

Shanghai, formally known as the Restricted Sector for Stateless Refugees, was an area of approximately one square mile in the Hongkew district of Japanese-occupied Shanghai, China. This city once played host to a bustling community of over 20,000 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution, a city which harbored Jews while the rest of the world was turning them away.


2D. Klezmer The Jewish Tradition, Pre-Holocaust Music
Michael Steingart, M.D., Musician and Music Historian

This session will discuss the origins of Klezmer music and its growth in popularity. You will be introduced to hearing the actual music and learning to appreciate this unique sound. Klezmer was the predominant music of Eastern European Jewry. Klezmer a combination of Hassidic (mystical), folk songs of the local non-Jewish, and religious liturgy, was strictly instrumental music. By the 1800’s, Klezmer had become integrated into all musical aspects of Jewish life and settlement. Primarily meant for weddings, early instrumentation was the violin, tsimbal (dulcimer), and cello or a second violin. In the early 19th century, more instruments were added. The Holocaust decimated these musicians, nearly sending Klezmer to extinction. A resurgence came in the 1970s, and today Klezmer enjoys an ever-increasing audience.