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The rise of the Nazi Party focus of Holocaust Center Teacher's Institute


Teachers from across Central Florida attended the annual Teacher's Institute.

From June 4-9th, educators from around the state gathered at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland for their annual Teacher's Institute on Holocaust education. The Center was thrilled to see so many teachers dedicated to expanding their knowledge for themselves and for their students.  

Bailey Clark, the Center's Education Coordinator, said, "This year's focus was on the Nazi Party's rise to power, so teachers discussed parallels between events in Germany in the 1920s and things that are happening in our society today." 

In addition to comprehensive history lessons from the Center's resource teacher, Mitch Bloomer, guest speakers encouraged open dialogue about what we could learn from the past. Guest speakers included Eric Ross from the Anti-Defamation League and Holocaust survivor Gene Klein, among others. The guest speakers, in addition to Bloomer's teaching, created a dynamic and poignant program that will give the educators ample material for discussion in their own classrooms. As stated by one attendee, "I am thrilled to have deeper knowledge of the origins of the anti-Semitic feelings in Germany. As a teacher, I was asked about this often and I can now provide more meaningful answers."

For more information about the Holocaust Center and its programs, visit holocaustedu.org.


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