Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

Powell-Heller Holocaust Education Conference

March 4 - 6, 2015

Registration for the 2015 conference is now open.  Please use our online registration form to register. We look forward to seeing you on the PLU campus March 4 – 6, 2015.

2015 Powell-Heller Holocaust Education Conference

Thanks to the dedication and generous support of the Powell, Heller, and Mayer families, Pacific Lutheran University is proud to develop and host an annual conference that introduces our community to the best in scholarship about the Holocaust and features special components for teachers who wish to incorporate Holocaust education in their curricula.  The first Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education convened in 2008 and will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2017.

Our theme in 2015 for the Eighth Annual Powell-Heller Conference is “Children’s Voices, The Holocaust and Beyond.”  Designed in collaboration with Seattle’s Holocaust Center for Humanity and the Denver/Rocky Mountains Branch of Facing History and Ourselves, this year’s schedule includes:
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.

New scholarship on the Kindertransport in Czechoslovakia and the role of Polish nannies as caregivers for Jewish children, presented by Laura Brade and Jenni Marlow, with comments from Christopher Browning.

The Lemkin Lecture from Patricia Heberer-Rice of the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Institute:  “In Their Own Words: The World of the Child during the Holocaust.”

Facing History 101
, a workshop for teachers led by Fran Sterling of Facing History and Ourselves and much more!  Starting January 5, 2015, check our new website to register and review the full schedule:  www.powellhellerconference.com

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.

Holocaust and Genocide Minor

Lemkin Lecture

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