Alicja Pacewicz from CEO at the conference opening

Alicja Pacewicz from CEO at the conference opening

On Friday, we had a great conference with around 120 Polish teachers of the Holocaust as well as others who work in the field of Holocaust education.  For the second consecutive year, teachers received Polish-language versions of a poster set on rescue — specifically, non-Jews who risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust — called “Traits that Transcend.”  The poster set is a project of Ms. Stanlee Stahl from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in New York, who came to Poland to speak at the conference and help train educators on using the poster set.

Since many of our guests had attended last year’s conference, the organizers — the U.S. Embassy and the Center for Citizenship Education — decided to expand the workshops to include Polish-language trainings by teachers who have been using the posters in the classroom and to invite Elizabeth Edelstein of New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage for a special workshop on using objects to tell stories — life histories from before, during, and after the Holocaust.

We were very pleased to receive the patronage of both Ambassador Victor Ashe, who spoke at the opening, and Poland’s Minister of Education, Katarzyna Hall.  The Center for Social Innovation and Training and its director Arkadiusz Walczak provided great support.  Iga Kazimierczyk from CEO, who handled much of the conference organization herself, did a fabulous job.  But we think the greatest credit goes to all the teachers who came out for the conference and who are constantly working to find better ways to teach the Holocaust to their students.  We hope you will find all these materials valuable and that you will stay in touch.

If you are interested in receiving any of the materials mentioned in the context of this conference, please get in touch with us at culture_warsaw – at – state – dot – gov.