Our core seminar uses our resource book Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior to examine how history is shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial as well as by caring, compassion, and responsibility. It begins with an investigation of individual and group identity. We then concentrate on the decades that preceded the Holocaust, when the Nazis shattered the fragility of democracy. As we explore the choices that ultimately led to the murder of millions of Jews and other targeted groups, we discover that history is not inevitable. The seminar moves, as all Facing History professional development offerings do, to questions of judgment and memory. We then consider how we as individuals and as members of groups can make a difference in the world today.
Following this seminar, participants will receive complete access to Facing History’s educator resources, including downloadable unit plans, lessons, and online conversations. In addition, participants are invited to borrow videos, DVDs, and books from Facing History’s lending library. Each participant is assigned a Facing History Program Associate, who is available to provide ongoing support services.