Summer Teachers Institute Elena
The first week of August the JMM, in conjunction with the Baltimore Jewish Council, presented its 6th annual Summer Teachers Institute. The goal of the STI is to help teachers, through intensive lectures, programs, and discussion, how to teach the difficult subjects that surround the Holocaust.
Teachers listen to Dr. Marshall Stevenson at the RFLM
This year (my first year at the JMM) a fourth day was added to the program. The first day we began (after breakfast, of course) with a lecture about camps and ghettos from Dr. Joseph White of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. White spoke about the large number of camps and ghettos that were created during the Shoah in
A teacher uses resource materials at RFLM
After a lunch at Lenny’s Deli, we headed over to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. There we treated to a lecture by Dr. Marshall Stevenson about the past and future of Black-Jewish relations. Afterwards we were given a moment to walk through the temporary exhibit Beyond the Swastika, an exhibition that is co-sponsored by the JMM.
On the third day we discussed spiritual resistance of the Holocaust. Our first presenter, Myra Perel, showed art that was created during the Shoah at camps like Terezin, and by survivors after the Holocaust.
Mr. Rubin Szatjer, telling his Holocaust survival story
After a hearty lunch we discussed Literature of the Shoah with Patricia Marlatt, followed by a survivor testimony by Rubin Sztajer. Mr. Szatjer spoke of his experiences first with his family in a ghetto, the work camp Markstadt, and later Bergen Belson. A powerful speaker with an emotional story, Mr. Sztajer had the room in complete silence.
On the final day we began with a liberator’s testimony by Mr. Sol Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein spoke about his experience as a solider in the U.S. Army, and how his troop liberated the