‘Echoes and Reflections’ helps educators connect students to history Feb. 2

LAS VEGASThe Las Vegas chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will host “Echoes and Reflections,” an award-winning curriculum designed to inform educators and help them connect their students with the personal stories of Holocaust survivors.

The workshop, conducted by Deborah Batiste, ADL’s national “Echoes and Reflections” project director, will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Adelson School Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road in Summerlin. Although the cost for the workshop is free, educators who wish to attend should e-mail or phone in their reservation by Monday, Jan. 31.

The program is best suited for middle- and high school-level social studies and English teachers, counselors, and those promoting diversity. It will cover topics such as how to study the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, Jewish resistance, survivors, liberators and much more.

“This is the premier opportunity for educators to hone their skills and to gain access to award-winning curriculum aligned with national and state standards,” said Georgia Neu, director of the regional branch of No Place for Hate, an ADL initiative. “The program uses visual history testimony to help teachers connect their students to the survivors and to appreciate the heroism of the rescuers and liberators as well. Best of all, the training will bridge the passage of time to stress appreciation of cultural diversity and understanding of the dangers of intolerance in a modern context. It is especially relevant in light of recent and ongoing events throughout the United States and the world.”

Three internationally known organizations came together to create this program. The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute has archived nearly 52,000 videotaped interviews from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, located in Jerusalem, is dedicated to remembrance, documentation, research and education.

The program is funded by Dana and Yossie Hollander and the Braun Holocaust Institute-Glick Center for Holocaust Studies. To make a reservation, call 702-862-8600 or send e-mail to Georgia Neu, No Place for Hate program director, at gneu@adl.org. Additional information on No Place for Hate, Echoes and Reflections, and the Anti-Defamation League can be found online at www.adl.org.