Programs & Events
March 31, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Join Us! | https://zoom.us/j/198540431 | No pre-registration needed - just click the link and join live.
Join us for the first in a series of weekly lunch-and-learns to hear children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors share their inspirational stories of hope, luck, resilience, and rescue.
Arik Cohen: Grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, Arik Cohen tells their stories of perseverance, luck, and resilience while calculating the incredible odds of their survival.
Arik's maternal grandparents, Arye Schneider and Masha Klein, were born in Lithuania. Arye was born in Šaukėnai (Shukyan), Lithuania, where in 1941 nearly the whole Jewish population was murdered. Arye escaped and made his way to the Siauliai (Shavli) ghetto, where he met his wife Masha, a teacher who hailed from Neverenai (Nevaran). After the Shavli Ghetto massacre in November 1943, Arye and Masha hid in the woods for eight months until the Soviet Army liberated Lithuania.
Arik's paternal grandparents were from the Transylvania region in Romania. His grandfather Emil Kohn grew up in Suplac, while his grandmother Eva Hirsch was from Gherla. In May 1944, Emil and Eva were in Oradea when the ghetto was formed along with 35,000 other Jews, and not long after they were both deported to Auschwitz. After being separated upon arrival at Auschwitz, Eva was then sent to Stutthof to be used as slave labor, until she was forced on a death march in January 1945 and eventually liberated by the Soviet Army. Emil was liberated from Buchenwald in April of 1945 and found his way back to Eva.
Amazingly, both couples ended up living in the small beach town of Nahariya, Israel, and two of their children (Arik's parents) met and married. Today Arik lives in Bellevue, works at Microsoft, and shares his grandparents' stories.
Lunch-and-Learns will be offered at the same time every Tuesday in April: April 7, 14, 21, and 28. More information coming!
Monday, April 6, 2020 | 11am - 12pm | 1 Clock Hour | Free | Register Now!
Are you looking for ways to teach the Holocaust online or remotely? Continue to engage and challenge your students, whether at home or online. Materials will encourage students to consider the impact of their choices, the difference one person can make, and the importance of standing up for one another. Paul Regelbrugge, Professional Development and Curriculum Coordinator will present and share ideas for teachers (and parents).
The meeting will take place on Zoom. You do not need to have a Zoom account to join the webinar. When you register, you will receive a link to use.
Student Book Club | April 23 | 11am-12pm | The Yellow Star House with author Paul Regelbrugge
Author, teacher, and Holocaust educator Paul Regelbrugge will read from his book, The Yellow Star House, and engage students in discussion. The Yellow Star House recounts the remarkable true story of one boy's survival in a protected house in Hungary.
Paul Regelbrugge, a teacher in Spokane, WA at the time, asked Holocaust survivor Robert Holczer to come and speak to his 6th grade class. His students were enthralled by the unique story of Robert and the motivations of his rescuer. Paul and Robert became friends over the last decade of Robert's life and Paul became one of the few people trusted to record Robert's story.
From these stories and interviews comes Paul's first book, and one of the first books on this inspirational story of the rescue of 400 Jews in the middle of Budapest, Hungary.
What do students in the book club do?
Students in the book club will read the book The Yellow Star House and join in a conversation with Paul on April 23 from 11am-12pm via Zoom. (You do not need to have a Zoom account to join the conversation. We will send you a link to use.) This is a chance for students to connect with each other, talk about the story, and discuss inspiring people and stories.
How do I get the book The Yellow Star House?
How old do you need to be to participate?
This book is recommended for grades 7 and up.
When and where does the book club meet?
This is a virtual book club, so students from anywhere can participate. The first meeting is on April 23, 11am-12pm. We will send out a link on Zoom that you use to join the meeting.
Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day - April 21, 2020. 75 Years After Liberation.
Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the 6 million Jews and millions of others who were killed in the Holocaust. The date is set in accordance with the Hebrew calendar, on the 27th of Nisan, so that it varies in regard to the Gregorian calendar. The date was chosen to mark the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
In light of growing concerns and restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to find new and different ways to commemorate Yom Hashoah this year.
1. Virtual Lunch-and-Learn: Stories from the child of a survivor
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Holocaust Center for Humanity | 12pm - 1pm | Join Us! Link coming soon! (No pre-registraton needed - just click the link and join live.)
In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us to hear from the child of a Holocaust survivor share her parents' inspraitional stories of hope, luck, reslience, and rescue. Details coming soon!
2. Student Activity: Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest. Have students work together or individually to create a piece to submit the contest.
3. Discussion & Activity: Pyramid of Hate. Where can we find examples of each level historically? Where can we find examples of each level today?
5. Film: "With My Own Eyes" - Film provides an overview of the Holocaust, connecting this history with our world today.
7. Social Media: Show you remember - Print out #ChangeBeginsWithMe, take a photo and post to social media
9. Reading/Student Activity: The Ethics of War: Jewish Partisans – An activity for students (recommended grade 8 and up) – includes a dramatic reading (with 8 characters) to challenge participants on how we make ethical choices. (Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation)
10. Names reading – List of 5000 victims of the Holocaust
11. Survivor Stories – Read survivor stories and watch clips of their testimonies on the Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State.
12. Reading/Activity: Acknowledge the heroic efforts of rescuers recognized as Righteous Among the Nations
International Holocaust Remembrance Day | January 27
January 27 was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Every year, the Holocaust Center for Humanity holds a community program to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 9:00 - 3:30pm | At the Holocaust Center for Humanity | Registration Required.
6 clock hours and lunch provided. $25 Registration fee.
For teachers new to the subject and teachers looking for new ideas and support to effectively teach about the Holocaust. Geared to teachers of grades 5-12. Other educators and administrators are welcome to attend.
"I was overhwhelmed by the idea of teaching the Holocaust. This workshop gave me ideas and materials that I can take right into my classroom." - Teacher, Kitsap Peninsula
- Holocaust legislation in Washington State and what it means for you in 2020-2021
- Teaching with artifacts
- Tour of the Holocaust Center's exhibit, "Finding Light in the Darkness"
- Using stories and testimony from local Holocaust survivors
- Sample lessons for the classroom
- Special guest speaker who will share family experiences from the Holocaust
RESCHEDULED! Fact, Opinion, & Propaganda: Empowering Students to be Reliably Informed | Teacher Workshop | October 29, 2020 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity
Lunch provided. 6 Clock Hours. Registration Fee - $25.
- be able to differentiate types of misinformation
- understand how misinformation is created and spreads
- apply digital forensics and fact-checking tools and skills to verify information and debunk misinformation
- connect news literacy to civic engagement and recognizing the standards of quality journalism
- explore current trends in misinformation and conspiracy theories relating to Holocaust denial
Presented by John Silva, NBCT Director of Education for the News Literacy Project.
Funding for this program was made possible, in part, due to a grant from the Tillie and Alfred Shemanski Testamentary Trust.
RESCHEDULED! Fact, Opinion, and Propaganda: What does it mean to be news-literate? | Public Program | Thursday, October 29 | 6:30 - 8:30pm
With special guest speaker, John Silva, Director of Education, News Literacy Project. At the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Registration required. $10.
Participate in a lively discussion about what anyone can do to be more critical about how they engage with news and information. Topics to be discussed include:
- Propaganda and the Holocaust - with educator and presenter Branda Anderson
- What does it mean to be news-literate? 10 skills to be reliably informed - with guest speaker John Silva
Children experienced the Holocaust in a unique way. Some had their identities changed and lived with new families, others became the young providers for sick parents and siblings. 1.5 million children were killed in the Holocaust. Amidst the tumultuous landscape, children still created adventure, experienced the ups and downs of friendship and love, and some even wrote it all down for future generations to serve as witnesses to their tenacity, creativity, and spirit.
"I would enthusiastically recommend this program. I believe that nowhere else would a traveler get the experiences that you provided." - Traveler, 2018
Trip includes: Warsaw, Warsaw Zoo, Treblinka, Tykocin (where we will help restore a Jewish cemetery), Bialystok, Krakow, Schindler's Factory, Auschwitz-Birkenau; meetings with a survivor, rescuer, and local educators and students; and Shabbat dinner in Krakow.
"I would definitely recommend this trip to others. Absolutely. The trip gave me a much needed moral clarity about what matters in the world, in politics, and in human relations." - 2018 Traveler
Deadline for application: February 1, 2020.
Itinerary (subject to change)
DAY 1, Saturday, July 4 - Arrive Warsaw | Meet group, Welcome Dinner, optional evening walking tour
DAY 2, Sunday, July 5 - Warsaw | Warsaw Ghetto, POLIN Museum
DAY 3, Monday, July 6 - Warsaw to Bialystok by bus | Treblinka, meet with rescuers - Righteous Among Nations, Overnight in Bialystok
DAY 4, Tuesday, July 7 - Bialystok | Visit Tykocin, volunteer work to maintain Jewish cemetery; tour provided by local students
DAY 5, Wednesday, July 8 - Bialystok to Krakow by train | Tour Krakow Jewish heritage sites; visit Galicia Jewish Museum, Schindler’s Factory
DAY 6, Thursday, July 9 - Krakow | Kazimierz District; afternoon visit to Auschwitz
DAY 7, Friday, July 10 - Krakow | Morning visit to Birkenau, lunch at the Oswiecim Jewish Center. Optional afternoon walking tour in Krakow. Closing dinner with live Klezmer music.
DAY 8, Saturday, July 11 - Depart Krakow
This trip is geared toward those who want an in-depth and meaningful experience with other open-minded travelers. Pre-reading materials will be suggested, and a pre-trip meeting will be held in Seattle in late May. For those researching and exploring their own family histories, we are happy to help make suggestions or connections. Clock hours are provided for Washington State teachers. Custom extensions are available. Please note: Each day’s schedule is quite full. Please consider extending your trip if you want more personal exploratory time. This trip includes a significant amount of walking.
$2995 (per person, double occupancy) | Single room supplement: $590
$500 deposit is due upon application.The deposit will be applied to the payment balance. Payment due in full May 1, 2020. Costs are based on a group size of 15 and include: accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels, breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, land transportation, all guides, and entry fees. Cost does not include airfare.
From past travelers:
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this experience. I didn't know what to expect at the beginning but I know I could never have asked for a better experience."
"The experience was once in a lifetime and the information was so in depth!"
"I am blown away by the experience I had between the people I met, the tour guides we were lucky enough to have, as well as the opportunities for seeing what tourists don't get to see."
"I'm still processing all the information we received. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Thank you!"
"The meaning and depth of emotion and learning with both head and heart seems to increase as time passes and I contemplate all I experienced."
"I never experienced a tour that was so well put together and carried out as this one."
"The trip was one of the best experiences of my life. I will never forget it."
"I believe very strongly this is the most hopeful place in the city." - Local Holocaust Survivor Steve Adler
Finding Light in the Darkness - Through stories and artifacts of Washington State Holocaust survivors, the museum’s exhibit engages visitors in this history and challenges them to consider how each person’s actions make a difference.
Visitors to the Holocaust Center can take a Virtual Reality tour of the Anne Frank annex, interact with embedded testimony screens that feature survivors and stories of coming to Seattle, explore artifacts that bring history to life, and learn about local students who are upstanders in their schools and communities.
Open Wednesdays and Sundays | 10am - 4pm
Group Tours & Field Trips by appointment every day except Saturday
At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | 2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
At the entrance to the Holocaust Center for Humanity are photos of children who experienced the Holocaust. All are survivors who later moved to the Seattle region, with the exception of one. Come visit and learn more about the stories. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer.
A bookcase opens to reveal a photograph of the stairs leading to Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation. Explore this feature and learn more about Anne Frank when you visit the Holocaust Center. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer.
A memorial to the 6 million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust and the millions of other victims invites visitors to leave notes, prayers and wishes at the Holocaust Center. Photo by Alan Berner, Seattle Times staff photographer.
Train tracks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Designed by architects Olson Kundig. Photo by Stefanie Felix.
This exhibit was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and The State of Washington.