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The world is currently experiencing what has been described as the worst refugee crisis since World War II. More than 65 million people have been forced from their homes and one in every 122 people is currently a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum ( ADL, 2016 ).  The following resources are offered to help teachers and students learn about the refugee experience both during the Holocaust and today. Join an upcoming webinar   to learn more.
On May 13, 1939 the MS St. Louis departed from Hamburg, Germany with more than 900 Jewish refugees on board. The passengers were systematically denied entry at every port they appealed to and were ultimately returned to Europe. Scott Miller, historian at USHMM, traces the story of the ill-fated St. Louis.

 Meet Sol Messinger - As a child passenger on the MS St Louis, Sol describes his memories of the journey from Germany to Cuba

Meet Liesl Loeb - Liesl describes the struggle she and her family faced when trying to immigrate to America.

Learn more about integrating art into your Holocaust education curriculum at this upcoming webinar, Teaching about the Holocaust Using Art on May 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST.
Lesson 9: Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Bystanders - Explore Felix Nussbaum's paintings,  The Refugee  and  Portrait of an Unidentified Man  and guide a discussion with students about the role of bystanders. Encourage students to consider what the artist is attempting to say through his works.
Discuss the current global refugee crisis with students using these resources from our Partners.

We Were Strangers Too - Help students  learn about the current refugee crisis as they view and analyze related artwork produced by artists from around the world, and participate in  a variety of activities to deepen their understanding  for what it means to be a "stranger."

Explore additional resources from the Anti-Defamation League.

Migrants and Refugees What does it mean to be a "migrant" or a "refugee"? In this activity, students will identify the contemporary meaning of these terms, demonstrate their differences and similarities, and reflect on the refugee experience through close reading of testimony.

Explore additional resources from IWitness.
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Echoes and Reflections webinars  provide historical content, resources, and strategies to extend and enhance Holocaust instruction. Join us.

Connecting the Past with Today: Jewish Refugees and the Holocaust -  Help students make connections and build understanding of this crisis through the study of the Holocaust. Register now:
June 21 at 4:00 PM EST (co-sponsored by ADL)
For more programs view Echoes and Reflections' full calendar here.
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