OHIO HOLOCAUST RESOURCE CENTERS & MUSEUMS:
Northeast Ohio Central Ohio Northwest Ohio / Southeast Michigan South and Southwest Ohio
City of Akron Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest
166 S. High St., Room 205
Akron, OH 44308
The City of Akron Holocaust Committee believes that lessons of the Holocaust are important because man's inhumanity to man continues to threaten world's freedom. We pledge to never forget the million of innocent victims who lost their lives and the thousands of others who aided survivors. Through education and an annual arts and writing contest we hope to enlighten today’s youth and help insure that history will never repeat itself. Our hope is to silence the echoes of the Holocaust that are reverberating through conflicts that continue to plague our world. For students from grades 6-12 living in Akron and Summit County. Site has lesson plans and resources for teachers and students. Theme changes annually.
Jewish Community Board of Akron
750 White Pond Dr.
Akron, OH 44329
For teachers and other interested adult learners. Seminar explores variety of Holocaust themes, corresponding to annual theme of the City of Akron Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest. Includes, keynote presentation, historical background, resources, survivor testimony. Held annually in the fall.
Holocaust Educator : Marilyn Feldman
Canton Jewish Community Federation
432-30th Street NW
Canton, Ohio 44709
330-445-2404 (Bonnie Manello, CEO)
ADL (Anti-Defamation League) - Ohio/Kentucky/Allegheny Region
50 Public Square
1904 Terminal Tower
Cleveland, OH 44113
The Ohio/Kentucky/Allegheny Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and covers Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and the western half of Pennsylvania. With a staff of two and a board of lay leaders, the office focuses on furthering the original mission of the ADL -fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, securing justice and fair treatment for all.
Locally, the Ohio/Kentucky/Allegheny Regional Office assists victims of discrimination, provides anti-bias education to educators, parents, students and law enforcement officials, impacts public policy as it relates to hate crimes, cyberbullying and immigration, promotes inter-faith and inter-group understanding, trains law enforcement on hate crimes and extremist groups, and promotes peace in the Middle East.
The ADL maintains a strong and committed presence in our four-state region and is widely viewed as an area leader in human rights advocacy.
Contact: Jill Rembrand, Associate Project Director<
50 Public Square, Suite 1702
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Teaching about the Holocaust using Echoes and Reflections helps students make connections with the past, gain relevant insight into human dilemmas and difficult social challenges, and determine their roles and responsibilities in the world around them.
Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives. Individual stories from survivors, liberators, and other witnesses of the Holocaust help students examine contemporary social issues related to fairness and justice.
Extensive primary and secondary source materials aligned with modular, interdisciplinary lessons help students understand what happened during the Holocaust, why it happened, and how it relates to difficult issues they face today. Plus every participant receives a free, comprehensive Teacher's Resource Guide.
Echoes and Reflections is a partnership between: Anti-Defamation League; USC Shoah Foundation - the Institute for Visual History and Education; and Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Congregation Shaarey Tikvah
26811 Fairmount Boulevard
Beachwood, OH 44122
216-765-8300, ext. 140
Face to Face is an original Holocaust educational fieldtrip program, for public and private school students in Northeast Ohio. It provides an opportunity for students to learn about the Holocaust and to apply its lessons to their own corner of the world. Students visit a synagogue and learn about Judaism; and come “face to face” with a Holocaust survivor, liberator or child of survivor. They explore consequences of prejudice, hate and apathy during the course of a 3-hour Face to Face morning.
Cleveland Office Heights Rockefeller Building
2495 Lee Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
What ignited Facing History and Ourselves in the beginning is still what guides us today. The educator's most important responsibility—our gift to society—is to shape a humane, well-educated citizenry that practices civility and preserves human rights. Facing History and Ourselves runs teacher workshop, programs for schools and districts; and on line learning opportunities for teachers and students. Facing History helps students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
At its inception, Facing History was one innovative course taught in two classrooms. In practical terms, it was a history class about the ideas and events that led to the Holocaust, but its beyond-the-textbook approach and methods made it about far more.
From a single innovative course, we’ve grown to become a worldwide organization that enables transformative dialogue, fosters empathy and reflection, and improves students’ academic performance. Through rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust and other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to choose knowledge over misinformation, compassion over prejudice or bullying, and participation over indifference or resignation. It’s active - rather than passive - learning.
Kol Israel Foundation
3681 Green Rd., Suite 306
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 21146, Cleveland, OH 44121
Executive Director- Mark Davidson
Program Assistant – Hallie Duchon
Kol Israel Foundation is an organization of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, their families, and supporters committed to educate future generations by preserving the memories of the past, carrying forward the message into the future and keeping the voices alive.
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is a lively community space that attracts students, adults, and groups from the community and around the country. Devoted to diversity and tolerance, it opened in 2005 with a simple mission: to build bridges of tolerance and understanding by sharing Jewish heritage through the lens of the American experience. The stories of individuals and families - past and present - come to life through state-of-the-art exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs, and artifacts. Maltz Museum permanent collection includes exhibits on Hate and on the Holocaust; and features annual Stop the Hate essay contest for middle – high school students in N.E. Ohio [see website for details]. The Museum includes The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery – an internationally-recognized collection of Judaica - and a special exhibition gallery featuring important exhibitions of national and international acclaim.
Clara Fritzsche Library - Notre Dame College
4545 College Road
South Euclid, Ohio 44121
Phone: 216-373-5267 or Toll Free: 1-877-632-6446
Initiated as the Tolerance Resource Center in 1994 by former faculty member and alumna Margaret Kocevar ’90 (1969-1996), what is now known as The Abrahamic Center is designed to provide students, faculty, scholars and members of the greater community with the opportunity to understand and appreciate issues of racial, cultural and religious diversity in the world around them. The Tolerance Resource Collection is where the research material of The Abrahamic Center is housed.
Ms. Kocevar, with the assistance of Sister Mary Louise Trivison, SND, professor of theology, envisioned a center that would become a local and regional headquarters for research, outreach and education on the Holocaust, anti-bias issues and diversity. In addition, researchers, authors, historians and interested individuals can obtain information through the use of technology, including a computer with access to the Internet and various online services, and videos, visual arts and documentaries. A videocassette recorder and monitor are also available for viewing purposes.
The collection houses a variety of books, educational curriculum guides, periodicals, multimedia resources, maps, posters and photographs. The Kocevar family has been generous in contributing Ms. Kocevar’s collection of material and research related to the Holocaust.
The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
DeBartolo Hall - room 524, Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University is the product of the efforts of both university and Youngstown community members. The program is housed in the Department of History at Youngstown State University. The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies office is located in Room 524 of DeBartolo Hall on the Youngstown State University campus. The Center houses a collection of Judaic and Holocaust Studies resource material and is open to students and the community.
Youngstown Jewish Federation
505 Gypsy Lane
Youngstown, OH 44504
Contact: Jesse McClain - Holocaust Educational Specialist for the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.
The Holocaust Education Specialist provides talks, displays and classes in area classrooms and services groups or institutions pertaining to the Holocaust. Holocaust Specialist also partners on projects, speakers and activities with Youngstown State University to bring relevant and timely speakers and presentations to the community.
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Holocaust Education Council
The Columbus Jewish Federation
1175 College Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209
The Holocaust Education Committee (HEC) offers a variety of resources to assist in educating about the Holocaust. We can provide lesson plans, maps from the Holocaust and accounts from survivors.
The Speakers Bureau consists of volunteers who are willing to tell their personal stories about the horrors of the Holocaust and the results of intolerance. Most of our speakers are Holocaust survivors and children of survivors. For more information please contact us.
Our Junior High School and High School Holocaust Trunks are also available for classroom use. Curricula and resource materials are provided, along with suggestions for student activities, videotapes for use in the classroom, and visual aids with explanatory notes. Age appropriate reading materials, simulated uniforms from a concentration camp, pictures that show family and school life before the Holocaust, and maps and time lines help educate students about the Holocaust. The items in the trunk are designed to offer your students an empathizing experience.
The Genocide Trunk is a new opportunity for central Ohio educators. Originally designed to be used as a resource for high school English composition classes, the trunk is also a valuable resource tool for social studies and history classes. Included in the trunk are materials that use the Holocaust to help understand other modern genocides. The material will help teachers and students examine the Holocaust along with other current conflicts.
Holocaust Education Video Project is a website with videotaped oral histories of Holocaust survivors providing first-hand testimonials designed to support learning in and out of the classroom. The site offers a searchable database in order to find the survivor testimonial that will provide direct correlation to the areas students are studying and educators are teaching. It can be found at www.HolocaustEducationVideo.com.
Jewish Family Service
1070 College Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43209
For information: email@example.com
The Columbus Holocaust Survivors Testimonial collection tells the story of an extended family of Holocaust survivors through DVDs and artifacts. It is open to the public during the hours of operation of the Jewish Family Service where it is located: 8:30-5:00 Monday through Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday.
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Northwest Ohio / Southeast Michigan
Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center of Greater Toledo
6465 Sylvania Avenue
Sylvania, OH 43560
Contact: Hindea Markowicz (Director)
The Greater Toledo Area Holocaust Resource Center was established in 1980. It changed its name in 1997 to the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center of Greater Toledo. The purpose of the Center is to provide support and materials to teachers, students, and the general public regarding the Holocaust. The center has a collection of books, video, curricular materials, periodicals, oral history videos of survivors, a speakers' roster and artifacts.
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus *
28123 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 25 years through exhibits, programs and tours with Holocaust survivors. Its mission is to remember those who perished and survived the Holocaust and, in a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, to set forth the lessons of the Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making.
*Though located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, this center is easily accessible from many parts of Ohio.
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South and Southwest Ohio
American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220-2488
Contact: Mr. Kevin Proffitt, Director of Research Programs
The American Jewish Archives (AJA) was founded in 1947, and is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural personal social and family life of American Jewry. Located at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, the AJA contains nearly 8,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, print materials, photographs, audio and video tapes, microfilm and genealogical materials.
8401 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education educates about the Holocaust, remembers its victims and acts on its lessons. Through innovative programs and partnerships, CHHE challenges injustice, inhumanity and prejudice, and fosters understanding, inclusion and engaged citizenship. Resources include traveling and permanent exhibits, teacher trainings, and innovative programs.
Dayton Holocaust Resource Center
305 Sugar Camp Circle
Dayton, OH 45409
The Dayton Holocaust Resource Center is responsible for storing, maintaining, purchasing, and disseminating Holocaust educational materials for teachers and researchers in the greater Dayton area. The Center houses videotapes, curriculum materials, research and reference sources, periodicals, books, and objects of historical interest. It also maintains a web site for the use of teachers and students. Since the focus of this Center is education, priority is given to acquiring videotapes and curriculum materials for teachers to use free of charge in order to facilitate and promote Holocaust education in the classroom. The Holocaust Education Committee also promotes study of the Holocaust by sponsoring conferences, teacher workshops, and speakers, and by publishing (on paper and on the Internet) resource guides, bibliographies and databases on the Holocaust.
Wright State University
116 Allyn Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center (ERC) is an academic support unit of the College of Education and Human Services. Its mission is to provide intellectual and physical access to current state-of-the-art materials, equipment and services. The Instructional Materials Center and the Media Production Lab are both parts of the Educational Resource Center.
The Dayton Holocaust Resource Center collections are housed within the Charles & Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center (ERC). This nationally recognized collection of materials about the Holocaust, modern genocides, and bullies/bullying includes books for the scholarly student and the K-12 classroom; curriculum guides; and non-print items such as films, audio books, and kits. It is one of the most extensive collections of its kind in the Midwest. For more information, please call 937-775-2878.
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