Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

2015 Powell-Heller Holocaust Education Conference

The 2015 Powell-Heller Conference on Holocaust Education
Thanks to the dedication and generous support of the Powell, Heller, and Mayer families, Pacific Lutheran University hosted the Eighth Annual Powell-Heller Conference on March 4-6 of 2015. The theme for the conference was “Children’s Voices, The Holocaust and Beyond.”
Highlights of the conference included a screening of the Emmy-nominated film 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus and a discussion with its writer-director-producer, Steven Pressman. The Lemkin Lecture, entitled “In Their Own Words: The World of the Child during the Holocaust,” featured scholar Patricia Heberer-Rice of the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Institute.
Holocaust survivor Ela Stein Weissberger spoke to over 250 audience members about her life in Terezin concentration camp, and her unique experiences performing as “the Cat” in the children’s opera Brundibar.
Fran Sterling, of Facing History and Ourselves, led sessions on the “literature of witness” left by children who were targeted by Nazi antisemitism and violence during the Holocaust. Over 400 people attended these interactive educational conversations (270 of whom were local middle and high school students.
Watch videos of most of the Eighth Annual Powell-Heller Conference on Holocaust Education at this site:
Mark your calendars now the Ninth Annual Powell-Heller Conference, scheduled for March 2-4, 2016. We’ll see you there!

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

Despite the risk and dangers, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus — a Philadelphia business lawyer and his wife — undertook a mission that would plunge both of them into the heart of Nazi Germany. In the spring of 1939, the Krauses, accompanied only by a Philadelphia pediatrician, found themselves face to face with Gestapo officers, menacing storm troopers and reluctant American diplomats. But they were determined to achieve their goal: returning to the United States with Jewish children whose parents had become increasingly desperate to escape from the oncoming Nazi terror.

Funded through the Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies. For more information regarding the conference or for how to become a sponsor, visit our website or call 253-535-7595.

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