Rethinking America and the Holocaust

March 5, 2020
Rethinking America and the Holocaust
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Rethinking America and the Holocaust

What did the US government and the American people know and understand about the threats posed by Nazi Germany? What responses were possible, and when? How can this history help young people reflect on the role of civic participation in confronting today’s equally complex social and political problems?

Join Facing History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as we explore the motivations, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, the European refugee crisis of the 1930s, and the Holocaust. The webinar will draw on Facing History’s innovative approach to historical inquiry and groundbreaking new sources from the museum’s special exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. Museum historian Rebecca Erbelding will help participants examine why widespread American sympathy for the plight of Jewish refugees never translated into action and support for prioritizing their rescue. Using rich primary sources, we will also highlight the stories of individual Americans who did take tremendous risks to rescue Jews and consider the questions this history raises about taking action in the context of contemporary refugee crises.

Participants in this webinar will receive free multimedia classroom resources and lesson plans from Facing History and Ourselves and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

Live captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7-8pm EST. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.


About the Presenters: 


Laura Tavares

Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership

Facing History and Ourselves


Laura Tavares is Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership at Facing History and Ourselves, an education non-profit whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in examining racism, prejudice, and anti-semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.  She leads strategic partnerships, designs learning experiences for educators, and creates innovative classroom resources. She writes about history, current events and education for publications including the New York Times, Educational Leadership and Social Education. 


Rebecca Erbelding

Historian, Archivist, and Curator

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Rebecca Erbelding is a historian of American responses to the Holocaust and the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material. She is also a historian, archivist, and curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Jeffrey Parker

Program Coordinator, Levine Institute for Holocaust Education

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Jeffrey Parker works in Education Initiatives in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a Program Coordinator. He leads the Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE), which works with methodology professors and examines best practices in preparing teacher candidates to address the Holocaust in their future classrooms. Before joining the Museum, Jeff taught high school English in the Finger Lakes region of New York State for over 20 years and is currently completing work on a PhD in Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Rochester, where the main focus of his research has been in the area of Holocaust Education.




March 5, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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