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Teacher Cadre

Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC)

Teacher Cadre

Teacher Cadre guest Ingrid Roskin with Ruth Siegler, Ann Mollengarden and Ilse Nathan.

September 2010

Teacher Cadre guest, Ingrid Roskin, with Ruth Siegler, Ann Mollengarden,
and Ilse Nathan.

The goal of the Teacher Cadre is to enhance teachers' knowledge of the Holocaust and its pedagogy as well as to provide a network for peer exchange.  Study/Learning Sessions are scheduled on a regular basis during the school year.


Join Here (online application)

All interested teachers are invited to join the Teacher Cadre.  Membership affords the opportunity to receive the latest information about Holocaust Education via e-mail as well as notification of Study/Learning Sessions.


Teacher Cadre Resources (page arriving soon)



Upcoming Sessions

(Open to All Teachers.  We ask only that you let us know that you are coming.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:00 pm


Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:00 pm


Thursday, January 28, 2016, 5:00 pm


Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:00 pm





Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

A Study of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe

We will examine the story of Clara Kramer and her life in Nazi-occupied Poland, where she and several other Polish Jews spent 20 months hiding in a bunker beneath a house in the town of Zolkiew.  Zolkiew was first occupied by Russian forces, during which time Clara witnesses several friends and family being killed or deported by the Soviets.  Then the Germans invade and the town is quickly occupied by the Nazis.  The Jews are stripped of their assets and ordered to relocate to the ghetto, but having heard stories of the treatment Jews had been receiving at the hands of the Nazis, Clara's family makes the decision to go into hiding.

We will use 2 sources for this examination:

1.  Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival by Clara Kramer
    (available on Amazon, $8.97 paperback)

2.  In Hiding During the German Occupation: The Zloczow Diaries of Klara Szwarcow Kramer
    (PDF linked here)

Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

An Examination of All But My Life by Gerda Weissman Klein

The unforgettable story of Gerda Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty.  From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops - including the man who was to become her husband - in Volary, Czechoslovakia in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey.

This text is appropriate for middle and high school students, as is the accompanying video, "One Survivor Remembers."

All But My Life by Gerda Weissman Klein

(available on Amazon, $12.04 paperback)

Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator.


Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:00 pm

Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust

Amy McDonald, a teacher at Shades Valley High School and BHEC Teacher Cadre member, received training this past summer with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Teacher Fellowship Program. As part of the year-long training, small groups of teachers are participating in creating Lesson Plans based on the exhibit "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust," currently the featured special exhibition at the Museum.  There is also an online exhibition "Some Were Neighbors." 

Amy will present the lesson plan constructed by her group, which examines the events of the Holocaust through the theme of collaboration and complicity.  This lesson is designed for both Social Studies and Language arts. All materials will be provided.


Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator.



1.  "Some Were Neighbors" Lesson Study Outline

2.  Pre-Survey (contains pre- and post-survey questions)

3.  Exhibit Introduction / Orientation Video Segment (5 min.)

4.  PowerPoint

5.  Leonard Katz video segment (1min.)

6.  Photo and Transcript Activity

7.  "Some Were Neighbors" Video Transcripts

8.  Photos:

        France 1

        Germany 1

        Germany 3 

        Germany 5

        Germany 6

        Greece 1

        Hungary 1

        Kovno, Lithuania 1

        Kovno, Lithuania 2

        Latvia 1

        Netherlands 1

        Poland 1

        Poland 3

        Poland 4

        Poland 6


9.  Group Photo Assignments with Photo Descriptions

10. Esther Bern Video Segment (3 min.)



Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:00pm

Liberation of the Camps
In this 70th year since the liberation of the camps, we will examine truths and myths about the events that unfolded and explore creative ways of presenting this in the classroom.


For more information or to let us know that you are coming, contact the BHEC Education Coordinator.






Page last updated:  July 10, 2015