AP: Morocco challenges Mideast Holocaust mind-set

By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU (AP)

TES: 300 schools to become Holocaust specialists

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SunSentinel: Holocaust education group faces budget crisis in poor economy

BOCA RATON – A charity that teaches children about racial and religious tolerance needs $60,000 by Aug. 15 or it likely will close, its executive director said Wednesday.

The moribund economy has pushed LEAH, the League for Educational Awareness of the Holocaust, into the worst crisis in its 13-year history, director Stephen Spiegel said. The Boca Raton-based organization’s $300,000 budget is $150,000 short because many of the donors on whom it depends no longer have money to offer.

That means that the grants and activities for schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties will be severely curtailed or eliminated.

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JTA.ORG: Brazilian school district must teach Shoah

June 22, 2009

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A major Brazilian city made the teaching of the Holocaust mandatory in its public schools.

Middle schools in Porto Alegre must include the Holocaust in their history curriculum, according to a bill introduced by Jewish Councilman Valter Nagelstein that was approved earlier this month by the City Council.

“Several youths are not familiar with this history and the lessons that stem from these sad times,” Nagelstein told the Brazilian Jewish press. “Therefore the public school system has the duty to promote a better understanding of this subject.”

Porto Alegre is among Brazil’s 10 largest cities and, with some 12,000 Jews, home to its third largest Jewish community. It has been the site of many anti-Semitic attacks.

The city also has a large population of German descendants.

According to an American Jewish Committee survey conducted in 2001, one-third of Brazilians have no awareness of the Nazi extermination of Jews during World War II, and 11 percent say it is possible that the Holocaust never happened.

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ARIZONA DAILY STAR:'Citizen scientists' at Palo Verde will assist Holocaust survivors

By Rhonda Bodfield
arizona daily star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.19.2009

Students at Palo Verde High School will have a chance next school year to help reunite families separated by the Holocaust.

They’ll do it by assisting with the analysis of DNA samples from Holocaust survivors. And they’ll aid in the creation of a virtual memorial, envisioned as a Facebook-style social networking site that could help survivors, separated by distance and generations from long-dispersed relatives, look for links in shared histories.
It’s a chance for students to experience the real-world applications of the concepts they learn in the classroom as they partner with the University of Arizona’s DNA Shoah (Holocaust) Project.

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shoah visual history foundation gets new team

New Shoah Foundation Institute Team
By Susan Andrews on June 9, 2009 9:30 AM

Howard Gillman, dean of USC College, has appointed a new leadership team for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

Stephen Smith will become the new executive director of the institute effective Aug. 15. Kim Simon, who served as interim executive director this past year, will become the new managing director.

HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE: Hollywood Hills students visit Holocaust Documentation Center

Thanks to a City of Hollywood education grant, Hollywood Hills High School students visited the South Florida Holocaust Documentation and Education Center on May 14 and became the first group of students to tour the facility, meet personally with survivors and visit the historic rail car from Poland.

WASHPOST: Extent of Nazi Camps Far Greater Than Realized Decade-Long Study by Holocaust Museum Scholars Could Alter Public Understanding

By Monica Hesse

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 4, 2009

A little more than a decade ago, researchers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum decided to create an encyclopedia of concentration camps. They assumed the finished work would be massive, featuring a staggering 5,000 to 7,000 camps and ghettos.

They underestimated by 15,000.

Their ultimate count of more than 20,000 camps — which they reached after a year of research — is far more than most scholars had known existed and might reshape public understanding of the scope of the Holocaust itself.

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