Course Description

This workshop is being presented by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College.

In this full-day, interactive and inquiry-based workshop, teacher leaders from The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) offer the opportunity to reflect on best practices in Holocaust education; to explore the choices teachers need to make when approaching this difficult subject; and to consider how these may be taken into account when meeting state education requirements. In order to deepen our thinking about these questions, we will hear from Dr. Martin Rumscheidt, who will speak about his experiences as a child in wartime Germany.

Educators who successfully complete this workshop will be able to:

  • Practice using writing as a mode of inquiry.
  • Articulate present-day opportunities and challenges for teachers addressing difficult subjects, particularly the Holocaust, separate from and related to current state requirements.
  • Complete a close reading and analysis of selections of a relevant Holocaust text as a model for how to address complex issues related to individual choices during the Holocaust.
  • Learn about confronting the legacy of the Holocaust for the children of perpetrators and consider how that confrontation might call others to action.
  • Consider the implications and practical applications of the workshop’s content for their own classrooms.

Cost: $179 in person, $100 virtual (select price at checkout). Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Registration will close on March 2.

Attendees may choose to participate either in person (on the campus of Keene State College) or virtually (via Zoom). For those participating in person, a light breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30am and lunch will be provided halfway through the day. Those joining virtually can log into Zoom in time to begin at 9:00am.


  • Cara Crandall, EdD, Glenbrook Middle School, MA, and co-leader of TOLI’s seminar in Massachusetts, “Examining our Shared Humanity: Holocaust Education and Social Responsibility.”
  • Ashley Harbel, Timberlane Regional High School, NH, and Cohen Center Fellow
  • Dr. Martin Rumscheidt, ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The first 25 in-person attendees to register will receive a free copy of the book, Becoming a Holocaust Educator: Purposeful Pedagogy Through Inquiry. (Books will be distributed on the morning of the workshop.)

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