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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust

  • 23 Mar 2015
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Jewish Federation Community Services Building, 184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203
Teaching & Learning About the Holocaust:
Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar is the author of more than 35 books of history and fiction. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, he lived through the events in his book Beyond Hitler’s Grasp which describes the amazing alliance of ordinary citizens, the Church, Parliament members, the King, and a bold young woman entangled in an impossible love – who stood up to Hitler and saved their Jewish community from certain death. Made into an award-winning documentary film, the new edition of Beyond Hitler’s Grasp is now available as an e-book.
He has been a professor at Haifa University in Israel and at Emory University in Atlanta where he taught courses on the Holocaust and the Middle East. Knighted by France as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, he has won the French Academy Award, the Israel Sokolov Award, the Israeli Pulitzer, and recently the Prime Minister’s Award for his writing.
As a writer, he has followed the tracks of Nazi war criminals in South America as well as Nazi rocket scientists. Dr. Bar-Zohar’s novel Enigma was made into a star-studded movie. He was the official biographer of Israel’s founder, David Ben Gurion, which was translated into 18 languages. He also wrote the biography of Shimon Peres. His most recent best-selling book is Mossad.
An interactive discussion will follow the seminar to assist teachers to bring events and stories to their students. Teachers will receive curricular resources designed to increase student’s critical thinking skills and their understanding of the Holocaust.
Shelly Shapiro, director, Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center will work with teachers on lesson development.

Location: Jewish Federation Community Services Building, 184 Washington Avenue Extension,
Albany, NY 12203 / Phone (518) 783-7800
Date/Time: Monday, March 23, 2015 / 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Note: There is no fee, but registration is required. Please register by Monday, March 16.
A light supper (vegetarian choice included) will be provided. A certificate of participation will be provided. For more information and to register, please contact Diane Freer at the Holocaust Center, located at the Golub Center at
(518) 694-9984 or email or Shelly Shapiro at or Mary Miller at the Capital District Council for the Social Studies at
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