With a dwindling population of Holocaust survivors, how can we prevent the Holocaust from becoming a distant memory and actively help the next generation relate and connect to the Holocaust on a personal, emotional level?
Creating Memory is an arts-based program for Holocaust education, based on the successful Hebrew program יוצרים זיכרון. Through the creative arts and exploration of relatable themes, students can connect to the Holocaust in new ways. This online mini-course will offer practical ideas and implementation techniques for Jewish day school and informal Jewish educators. Each mini-course is a two-part series, geared towards middle and high school educators across the globe. Every participant will receive a free copy of the ‘Creating Memory’ booklet.
Sign up for a free 2-part training session on these dates:
– Nov 15th & 22nd at 9:00-10:30am EST/6:00-7:30am PST
CREATING MEMORY: educator Trainings
“Via the creative process I was able to find the words, to express the pain and to mourn and thus to process the traumatic memory that is the Holocaust. Silence without connection to memory is not commemoration. It is only when the silence can be wedded to real emotion that the silence have any commemorative weight. We have given the coming generation the historical facts to the Holocaust but are failing to connect them to the Holocaust emotionally.
‘Creating Memory’ is an initiative to help the next generation connect to Holocaust remembrance and thus insure the continued memory of this tragic event for generations.
The program is a two stage process the first is making the Holocaust more accessible by reading of poetry containing affective themes from the Holocaust such as family and belonging, memory and silence, place and displacement, faith and hope. These themes are relevant also to current generations and allows them to understand and access the emotional impact of the Holocaust and not only its historical manifestations.
The second stage of the process is to guide the student to channel these emotions into a creative outlet that allows them to feel part of the Holocaust narrative. It is now a narrative in which they can feel part of via their creativity. The active participation of the coming generations in voicing their own form of Holocaust remembrance is vital in ensuring that Holocaust remembrance stays vibrant and relevant with the passage of the years.”
Martin is a Second Generation to Holocaust survivors. His poetry deals with his attempt to find a narrative from the silence and a way to process the traumatic memory of the Holocaust that was transmitted to him. For more information or any questions about his project Creating Memory, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz
Elyssa is one of the co-founders and the Executive Director of Kol HaOt — Illuminating Jewish Life through Art. She is an experienced facilitator who has trained hundreds of classroom teachers and informal educators in the integration of creativity and the arts in their programming.