Perspectives on Teaching the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

By Marietta D’Alessandro, a recently retired Catholic School social studies teacher who taught the Holocaust to 8th graders for seventeen years. A note from Julia Gaetano, Intern at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh: These lovely images are from my middle school years, circa 2012. They were taken by my mother to capture history projects that… Continue reading Perspectives on Teaching the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

From Berlin, Germany to Murrysville, Pennsylvania—With a Little Help from our Friends (The Bench Project)

by Patty Weisser Preparation began back in November of 2018 for the study of Lois Lowry’s novel Number the Stars in my 6th Grade Literature class. This was the students’ first experience in learning about the Holocaust, so prior to the reading of the novel, we spent about two weeks learning USHMM’s definition, a brief… Continue reading From Berlin, Germany to Murrysville, Pennsylvania—With a Little Help from our Friends (The Bench Project)

Remembering the Children: A Reflection by Noah Levitt

Formerly known as "Twinning," the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh's Remembering the Children B'nei Mitzvah Project provides an opportunity for students to honor and share their bar or bat mitzvah ceremony with a child who experienced the Holocaust and did not get to have their own ceremony. As part of this process, students complete a reflection… Continue reading Remembering the Children: A Reflection by Noah Levitt

Comprehending Hateful Violence…

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh received a reflective response from Ava, a high school senior at Woodland Hills High School, following the shooting at Tree of Life, Or l'Simcha Synagogue last weekend. In her writing, Ava expresses her reaction to this tragic event, and we hope that her words will help others to ask themselves difficult questions and process unfathomable acts… Continue reading Comprehending Hateful Violence…