With the passage of Senate Bill 1828 this fall, the Texas legislature officially created an annual Holocaust Remembrance Week in public schools. This week was created to “educate students about the Holocaust and inspire in students a sense of responsibility to recognize and uphold human value and to prevent future atrocities.” The Governor’s Office selected the week of January 27th for the annual Remembrance Week in honor of the liberation the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Camp by the Allied Forces.
During the Remembrance Week, educators around the state will be providing age-appropriate instruction for all their students about the Holocaust using materials created, or approved by, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is honored to have been selected by the TH&GC as a recommended resource for educators and source of educational materials for use during the Holocaust Remembrance Week.
We have developed four days of special programs for the Remembrance Week in order to serve as many area school districts as possible. This year we will be hosting presentations Monday (1/27) thru Thursday (1/30) here at the museum from 1pm until 3pm each day. Each of these presentations will have 200 seats available and will feature a one hour lecture about the Holocaust and a one hour survivor (or child of a survivor) testimony.
We will live-stream Monday’s (1/27) presentation through Zoom Meeting online and will stream Tuesday’s (1/28) presentation on Facebook Live so that schools that can’t make it here in person can also watch from the classroom. After the presentation on Monday, the recording created through Zoom Meeting will be made available to the public through this website and our social media channels.
Reservations are required for these presentations and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. All groups will be seated together in our Auditoriums on the main level of the Jewish Community Center building. Chaperones will need to make sure their school/group sits together and are responsible for keeping track of all of the children in their group.
These presentations are open to grades 6 and up. Groups with younger students can contact our Education Coordinator at: email@example.com for book recommendations and suggested educational resources.