Every other Wednesday from 1pm-2pm PST! Teachers can earn 1 clock hour on selected discussions.
Join engaging and highly interactive discussions of select popular Holocaust texts. Open to teachers, students, parents and anyone else.
Come prepared with questions and/or ideas you'd like to discuss, or just sit in and join the discussion.
Discussions are led by:
Paul Regelbrugge is the Professional Development and Curriculum Coordinator for the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Previously, following a career as an attorney in his native Detroit and Chicago, Paul taught for 14 years in Chicago, Buffalo, Spokane and, most recently, Kent. He is also the author of The Yellow Star House: The Remarkable Story of One Boy's Survival in a Protected House in Hungary (2019).
Kate Boris-Brown has been a supporter and volunteer at the Holocaust Center since 2015, assisting in the library and traveling with the Center to Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, and Israel. Books are her passion, especially books on the Holocaust, the refugee experience and Russian history. Her preferred vacation activity is scouting European bookstores for Holocaust and history publications. She has a B.A. in Literature, Graduate studies in Russian Language and post-retirement, earned UW Professional and Continuing Education Certificates in three writing programs: Nonfiction Writing, Literary Fiction I and II.
DIARY OF ANNE FRANK - Graphic Adaptation, Diary, or Play
Wednesday, June 10 | 1pm-2pm PST
With special guest local scholar Laureen Nussbaum
Paul Regelbrugge will lead a discussion with scholar Laureen Nussbaum and participants on the timeless award-winning story presented in multiple formats. The remarkable spirit of Anne Frank continues to inspire readers of all ages. Discussion will include the different versions of the diary, various presentations of Anne's diary, and the lasting impact her story has had on generations. Laureen Nussbaum, a globally-recognized expert on Anne Frank's writings and a personal acquaintance in her youth of the Frank family, will join us to add her perspective.
Teachers can earn one clock hour for participating in this session.
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann
Wednesday, June 24 | 1pm-2pm PST
In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.
When Ariana’s father Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined. Discussion led by Kate Boris-Brown.
Title to be announced!
Wednesday, July 8 | 1pm-2pm PST
Discussion led by Paul Regelbrugge
The Choice: Embrace the Impossible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Wednesday, July 22 | 1pm-2pm PST
Selected by Bill Gates as one of 5 favorite books for summer 2020. At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945.
Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. Thirty-five years after the war ended, she returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive—herself.
Edie weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. The Choice is a life-changing book that will provide hope and comfort to generations of readers. Discussion led by Kate Boris-Brown.