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Inspiring Generations
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Views  From The Road
 THC Teaching Fellows gather together to share memories from the 2017 Summer European Trip in Nashville

Survivor John Koenigsberg poses with students after his presentation at Head Middle Magnet in Nashville

The United States Group presents a policy proposal at the Plenary Session during the Genocide Prevention Response Simulation at Vanderbilt University

Second-generation survivor and musician Sylvia Samis speaks to students at Bellevue Middle Prep in Bellevue

Members of the NGO group discuss policy during the Genocide Prevention Response Simulation at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Clark Blatteis speaks to students in Memphis at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School

Hidden Child Sonja DuBois speaks to 5th-8th grade students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga

Opportunities for Educators
USHMM Professional Development Opportunities

Apply now for two free professional development events to be held at the Museum in Washington, DC. They include the annual Belfer Conference, designed for educators with fewer than five years' experience teaching about the Holocaust, and the Museum Teacher Fellowship, intended for more experienced educators. Instructors of social studies, history, language arts, and related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Museum Teacher Fellowship Program
July 9-13, 2018

2018 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators
English Language Arts Session: July 23-25, 2018
Social Studies/History Session: July 26-28, 2018 

Scholarships are available.

Visit the Echoes & Reflections website to participate in one of the February webinars!  
International March of the Living Fellowship Program Seeking Nominations 

The International March of the Living is proud to announce the inauguration of its March of the Living Faculty Fellowship Program, in collaboration with the George Washington University School of Education and Human Development. 

The inaugural class of fellows is being recruited for the 2018-2019 cycle and will consist of five professors who teach at one of the over 1,800 institutes of higher learning that do not currently offer any Holocaust/genocide studies courses. Fellowships will be awarded to distinguished faculty members who, along with their institutions, commit to offering a Holocaust/genocide course within a year of their completion of the program. The fellowship itself will consist of a six-month curriculum designed by a committee of prestigious Holocaust scholars and leading educators, and includes educational trips to Washington, D.C. and Poland.

For more information, please  click here

Randolph Churchill to Speak in Nashville

Randolph Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill's great grandson and president of the International Churchill Society, will be the honored guest and speaker at the first conference hosted by the  Churchill Society of Tennessee. The conference is March 23-24, 2018, and will be held in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. 

Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 1 through 
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Living On Exhibit 
Nashville Ballet
3630 Redmon St.
Nashville, TN

Monday, February 12th, 2018
Hidden Child, Frances Cutler Hahn 
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Nashville, TN

Survivor, John Koenigsberg 
Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville, TN

Monday, February 19th, 2018
TN Survivor, Leonid Saharovici 
Cordova High School
Cordova, TN

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Vanderbilt University Jewish Studies Department Lecture Series:
7 PM
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Film- Violins of Hope
Conversation with Author James Grymes following the film 
Sarratt Cinema
7 PM
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Holocaust Lecture Series Sponsors
Genocide Prevention 
Response Simulation 
The European Union presents policy at the Plenary Session

Vanderbilt Law School professor, Dr. Michael Newton organized and invited experts from around the country for the Holocaust Lecture Series first annual Genocide Prevention Response Simulation. Eighty participants from several different universities representing a variety of academic disciplines came together as part of this interactive experience. The scenario was quite realistic and exposed groups to detailed information relevant to an evolving potential mass atrocity situation in Zimbabwe. Participants were divided into six groups designed to develop appropriate responses to an impending mass atrocity.   All participants were taught a structured decision-making process for generating better policy and legal judgements. Groups debated available options for dealing with a set of real-world challenges based on shifting and often incomplete information and then assembled together to problem solve in plenary sessions.  Participants walked away with a better understanding regarding the difficulties of making judgements about impending genocides.
Members of the African Union Group discuss policy proposals
Second Generation Author Rita Goldberg Speaks in Memphis and Nashville 
Author Rita Goldberg speaks with local Second-Generation member Rose Lundberg

Rita Goldberg, author of Motherland: Growing up with the Holocaust, spoke to groups in both Memphis and Nashville this month. Goldberg explored the story of her mother's heroic actions and survival during the war years, while also touching on current events and reminding us to always be vigilant of what is occurring around us. As a second-generation survivor,  Goldberg revealed a little-explored aspect of Holocaust survival: the family and interpersonal struggles of the children and grandchildren whose lives are haunted by the tragedy of the Holocaust. The events were each followed by a reception and a book signing. Goldberg, who lives in Boston and is a lecturer in Harvard University's Department of Comparative Literature, regularly shares her story across the United States and was sponsored by the Commission to speak in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis.

Hidden Child Frances Cutler Hahn listens as Dr. Goldberg shares her story in Nashville
Living On Display at the Nashville Ballet
living on

The Commission's  Living On exhibit,   a multi-faceted documentary project that includes photographic portraits and biographical sketches of Holocaust survivors and U.S. Army liberators living in Tennessee, is on display at the Nashville Ballet January 15 - February 28th. 

The individuals featured in the exhibit witnessed and survived one of the most catastrophic periods in human history. Through their stories, faces, and testimony, we gain a unique insight into how the unthinkable happened and how the consequences of these events still have relevance today.  This unique project stands as a powerful testament to human resilience, as we hear the voices and see the faces of those who survived a horrific violence inspired by fanatical hatred and designed to eliminate the very faces and voices captured by the project. 
Violins of Hope Exhibit -  Book A Private Tour Today!

The Commission is excited to announce the opportunity to book private tours of the "Violins of Hope" exhibit for interested school and community groups. "Violins of Hope" will be on tour in Nashville from  April 15th through May 25th, 2018.  The exhibit will be housed at The Nashville Public Library located at 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219. We are currently taking reservations from interested school and community groups.  

The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. The Commission will pair Tennessee Survivors alongside the violins in this exhibit to draw parallels between the violins themselves and the stories of the individuals that survived the Holocaust.

To reserve a guided tour for your class or organization, please contact Megan Tankersley at

Save The Date: 2018 Day of Remembrance

2018 Tennessee Day of Remembrance

DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: TN State Capitol - House Chamber

Please make plans to join us for the annual Tennessee Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at the State Capitol in the House Chamber at 10:30 a.m.

This year's theme,  Voices of Hope: Where Memory Leads,   will include the recitation of the traditional Jewish prayer of remembrance for those who died. We will also recognize the winners and finalists of the 2018 Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year Award.
Belz-Lipman Winners Announced
Since 1995, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission has sponsored the Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award. Established by Memphis community leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists Jack A. Belz and Ira Lipman, the award recognizes outstanding educators in the field of Holocaust education.

We are proud to announce the following outstanding educators as winners of the 2018 Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year Award:

West Tennessee Winners:
Karen Hernandez
 Waverly Junior High

Danisha Stewart
 Trezevant High School
Middle Tennessee Winners:
Andy Mizell 
Margaret Allen Middle Prep

Will Norton
Montgomery Bell Academy
East Tennessee Winners:
Deana Arwood
 Elementary School

Sandy Roberts and Taylor Kilgore
Whitwell Middle School
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