Paris, July 1942, and the Vel d’Hiv Roundup

Ryan Woodward, Library & Education Associate July 16-17 marks the 80th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, an important piece of French Holocaust history. Vel d'Hiv is an abbreviated name of the Vélodrome d'Hiver (Winter Cycling Stadium) where Jews in Paris were held after a mass arrest by French police on July 16 and 17,… Continue reading Paris, July 1942, and the Vel d’Hiv Roundup

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

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