The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) presents its 23rd annual Holocaust Seminar "Bearing Witness into the Future" for teachers and other interested adult learners on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life.
Registration fees are $18.00 with box supper (dietary laws observed); or $12.00 for seminar alone. Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 3. Advance registration is available online or by contacting Sheri Galat at JCBA: 330-869-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or download the form and return via mail with check payment.
Our keynote speaker Dr. Mark B. Cole, Associate College Lecturer in History at Cleveland State University, will present on "The Holocaust: Perpetrators and Bystanders." Dr. Cole's lecture will begin to untangle the complex historical paradox about perpetrators and bystanders. "Despite the fact that the majority of Germans never voted for the Nazi Party, nor were they aggressively anti-Semitic before 1933, they nonetheless perpetrated the Holocaust or stood idly by as it happened," Cole wrote.
Dr. Cole specializes in modern Europe and Germany, focusing on Nazism and the Holocaust. He has presented his research at the Maltz Museum in Beachwood and across the United States, and in Germany and Israel and has been a Fellow of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University.
The seminar will also feature "Why We Speak: Survivor Panel" with three generations of survivors each sharing why it is so important to them to have present and future generations "bear witness into the future."
Other sessions feature historical background with Esther Hexter, hands-on encounter with historical resources with Barb White) and discoveries from resources with teachers as they consider how to bring challenge to students to bear witness with Barb White and Sam Chestnut.
This is the 23rd annual Holocaust seminar led by JCBA with The Lippman School serving as co-sponsor since 2013. The Akron-Summit County Public Library has assisted throughout. A grant from the Rose & Lawrence Schwartz Holocaust Education Fund with ALEF, the Akron Legacy & Endowment Fund, JCBA provides funding support.
Seminar committee: Esther Cohen Hexter, Holocaust Educator and consultant to Jewish Community Board of Akron, Chairperson; Sam Chestnut Head of School, The Lippman School; and Barb White, Neighborhood Services Manager, Akron- Summit County Public Library invite all teachers and other interested adult learners to explore this vital topic.