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Teacher Cadre

Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC)

Teacher Cadre

October 2015

Ken Wiggins, Ranburne High School, leads discussion on "The War in the East."

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.


Upcoming Sessions


2017-2018 School Year


During the 2017-18 school year we will be studying Peter Hayes's book Why? Explaining the Holocaust. For all teachers committing to all four sessions, the BHEC will provide a hard copy of the book. Participants are encouraged to read the associated chapters before the session.


Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00 pm, BHEC

Chapter 1: Ann Mollengarden, BHEC, facilitator

Chapter 2: Dr. Andre Millard, UAB, facilitator


Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:00 pm, BHEC

Chapter 3: Ann Mollengarden, BHEC, facilitator

Chapter 4: Mike Gadilhe, John Carroll Catholic High School, facilitator


Tuesday, January 3, 2018, 5:00 pm, BHEC

Chapter 5: Dr. Clark Hultquist, University of Montevallo, facilitator

Chapter 6: Amy McDonald, Shades Valley High School, facilitator


Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5:00 pm, BHEC

Chapter 7: Dr. Janke Wasserman, UA, facilitator

Chapter 8: Dr. Dominique Linchet, formerly with Alabama School of Fine Arts, facilitator


Two (2) hours of CEU credits will be available.
Please let us know if you will be attending.


2016-2017 School Year


Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 5:00 pm

"The Hitler Youth and Education in the Third Reich"

Facilitator:  Dr. Thomas (Thom) Thibeault, Samford University

For Hitler, the nazification of youth programs and education was a top priority to ensure that future generations would carry the torch of the Thousand Year Reich. Join us as we learn from Dr. Thibeault and he shares sources not readily available to the American public.


PowerPoint: The HJ and Education in the Third Reich

by Dr. Thomas Thibeault




Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 5:00 pm

"France, the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, and the Holocaust"

Facilitator: Dr. Clark Hultquist, University of Montevallo

This presentation will discuss the infamous 1942 Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in Paris that resulted in the deportation of over 13,000 French Jews to Auschwitz.  We will place this event in the larger context of the Holocaust and the German occupation of France in the Second World War.


PowerPoint:  France, the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, and the Holocaust

by Dr. Clark Hultquist




Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5:00 pm

"America and the Holocaust"

Facilitator:  Ann Mollengarden, BHEC Education Coordinator

We will examine in detail, the American position during the Holocaust.




Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00 pm
"Using Personal Diaries to Teach the Holocaust"

Facilitator:  Amy McDonald, BHEC Teacher Cadre

Discover a unique lesson on the Holocaust through close reading of Salvaged Pages, an anthology of journals by Jewish teens in hiding, ghettos, at Auschwitz, and at other concentration camps.


PowerPoint: Young Voices During the Holocaust - Their Legacies Continue


Diarists Featured (with time clips from I'm Still Here)

Introduction (0-3:26)

Eva Ginzova (27:00-32:45)

Anonymous Girl (33:40-38:14)

Elsa Binder  (42:26-45:04)

Miriam Korber  (38:15-42:25)


I'm Still Here, Facing History (will need to register with FH first)

Study Guide, I'm Still Here

Rumkowski's Speech to Lodz Ghetto Residents





Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator so we know to expect you.



2015-2016 School Year


Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:00 pm

"The War in the East"

Facilitator: Ken Wiggins, Ranburne High School


Intro Video (2:28):  Paul Shapiro on the Historical Contributions of Father Patrick Desbois


We will explore what happened during the War in the East and its impact on the Final Solution.

Included in our discussion:

  • When did the Holocaust actually begin
  • The role of the Einsatzgruppen in the Final Solution
  • Functionalist vs. Intentionalist debate


Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator so we know to expect you.




Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:00 pm

"The Massacres in Bialystok"

Facilitator: Ann Mollengarden


We will explore the fate of the community of Bialystok, Poland after the Nazi invasion.


Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator so we know to expect you.




Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:00 pm

"What We Knew and When"

Facilitator:  Mike Gadilhe, John Carroll Catholic High School


Mike will focus on what the Allies (particularly the British and the U.S.) knew and when they knew it.  He will examine secret intelligence gathered by the British starting in 1941, and will also present German Order Police decodes and other documents including Polish Bund reports and the Riegner Telegram.


Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator so we know to expect you.




Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:00 pm

"The Vilna Ghetto"

Facilitator: Ann Mollengarden, BHEC Education Coordinator


In addition to exploring the basics of the Vilna Ghetto, we will discuss the Partisans who played an important role there, referencing the story of Gabriel Sedlis, father of Birmingham's Dr. James Sedlis.


Please RSVP to the BHEC Education Coordinator so we know to expect you.









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