Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

Past Powell-Heller Holocaust Conferences

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2015 Holocaust Conference

The Eighth Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education:

The theme of the Eighth Annual Powell-Heller Conference on Holocaust Education, March 4-6, 2015, was titled “Children’s Voices, The Holocaust and Beyond.” Children of the past, present and future were the focus of the conference.  Beth Kraig, faculty planning co-coordinator explained, “The conference should remind and inform audiences of the past destruction and abuse of children in the Holocaust, while provoking us all to realize that children are still heavily targeted and harmed throughout the world as a result of war, human trafficking, unaddressed poverty and other injustices.”

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2014 Holocaust Conference

The Seventh Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education:

The conference highlighted the newly-approved Holocaust/Genocide Minor at PLU, Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center teacher training and talks by Holocaust survivors. The theme for this conference was “Survivors and Rescuers.” Scholars Dr. Susannah Heschel, Dr. Hartmut Lehmann and Dr. Christopher Browning presented their latest work in this year’s theme, “Survivors & Rescuers.” Survivors included the story of the Brill family, survivors of Exodus 1947; Renee Firestone, Auschwitz survivor; and Pierre Sauvage.

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2013 Holocaust Conference

Sixth Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education:

Scholar Deborah Lipstadt; Author Cara De Silva; PLU Dean of the School of Arts and Communication and pianist Dr. Cameron Bennett; PLU professor and art historian Heather Mathews and others join to present “Empowerment” a three-day conference. The Powell-Heller Conference seeks to give educators, students and community members a way to use the lessons of the Holocaust to empower themselves and those around them.

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2012 Holocaust Conference

The fifth annual Powell and Heller Holocaust Conference at PLU  focused on the Nazi plunder of Jewish valuables, along with belated efforts at restitution. There was also session on German churches and universities, with speakers discussing Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Catholic Church, and postwar denazification.

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2011 Holocaust Conference

The forth annual Powell-Heller Holocaust Conference focused on genocide, and personal stories of those who have survived conflicts around the world, from Rwanda to the Congo.