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"Holocaust education in the virtual COVID-19 world"
 
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme is hosting an online roundtable discussion to explore how institutions have harnessed the virtual world to further outreach about the Holocaust to diverse audiences, and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for these institutions. Entitled, “Holocaust education in the virtual COVID-19 world”, the discussion considers three case studies.
 
 
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT
Register here: https://bit.ly/34c0r1s

The event will be on Microsoft Teams live event, click here for instructions
 
 
 
 
Welcome remarks:
 
Ms. Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
 
H.E. Ms. Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations
 
Speakers:
 
Mr. Jonathan Brent, Director of YIVO, Institute for Jewish Research
 
Ms. Karolina Ziulkoski, Chief Curator of the YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum

Dr. Floriane Azoulay, Director of the Arolson Archives

Ms. Ariel Behrman, Director of Echoes & Reflections
 
The event will be moderated by Ms. Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.
  
 
"Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl", 
YIVO, Institute for Jewish Research  
 
 
The YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum was established in 2018. The first exhibition titled Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl is an interactive journey through Jewish history of Eastern Europe. It uses interactive storytelling to contextualize hundreds of artifacts from the YIVO archives, taking the user on a journey of discovery. It is based on the life of a young girl named Beba Epstein, born in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania), in 1922, whose autobiography was discovered in 2017. Users will discover that despite her exceptional fate, Beba is not so different from any other young teenager today. The exhibition is accompanied by teacher guides, providing activities and suggestions on how to best use the exhibition for teaching purposes in classrooms.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of East European Jewish life worldwide. The YIVO Archives contains more than 23 million original items, and YIVO's Library has over 400,000 volumes-the single largest resource for such study in the world.
 
"Every Name Counts", Arolsen Archives
 
 
The Every Name Counts was launched in early 2020, marking 75th annivresary of the liberatation of the concentration camps. Millions of people were persecuted and murdered by the National Socialists, and the project asks people to help to enter their names in the largest online archive on victims of Nazi persecution. It provides a simple way for anyone to take part in active remembrance without leaving the house. During the height of the first wave of COVID-19, the project received an unexpected boost in numbers of volunteers, especially young people to transcribe personal data from documents that come from concentration camps.

The Arolsen Archives are an international center on Nazi persecution with the world’s most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of National Socialism. The collection has information on about 17.5 million people and belongs to UNESCO’s Memory of the World. It contains documents on the various victim groups targeted by the Nazi regime and is an important source of knowledge for society today. 
 
Echoes & Reflections
 
 
The educational organization, Echoes & Reflections responded to the needs and concerns of teachers faced with suddenly having to teach the history of the Holocaust in a virtual classroom as schools closed in the wake of COVID-19, by developing and extending their pedagogy, teaching strategies and tools to support teaching about the Holocaust in the COVID-19 context. 
 
Echoes & Reflections was established in 2005, and draws on the expertise of three renowned Holocaust educational institutions: the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It is dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process, and navigate the world through the events of the Holocaust. Educating students about the significance of the Holocaust is a great responsibility. Echoes & Reflections partners with middle and high school educators to help them introduce students to the complex themes of the Holocaust and to understand its lasting effect on the world.
 
 
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