As fewer Holocaust survivors and witnesses are alive to share their stories, how can recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses inform our understanding and our students’ understanding of this history? How can these stories educate us about our responsibilities in the world today to share and preserve memory? In preparation for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for a conversation with Eric Marcus, co-producer of the Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust podcast, and Stephen Naron, Director of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, from which the podcast draws its recorded interviews.
During the webinar, we will:
- Explore the significance of listening to testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust in a podcast format
- Hear excerpts from interviews with survivors of and witnesses to the Holocaust from Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
- Share resources on how to prepare students to interact with recorded survivor testimony
- Discuss strategies for teaching about the Holocaust in remote, hybrid, and in-person classrooms
- Discover ways to help students more deeply appreciate and empathize with the human and inhuman dimensions of important moments in history
You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.
About the Presenters
Eric Marcus is co-producer of Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust podcast and is the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews—conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil rights movement—to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. His other books include Is It A Choice?, Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. Eric is also the founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization that brings together 240 nonprofit institutions and organizations committed to producing programming, exhibitions, and educational materials related to LGBTQ history and culture.
Stephen Naron is the Director of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. He has worked as an archivist/librarian since 2003, when he received his MSIS from the University of Texas, Austin. He pursued a Magister in Jewish studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and history at the Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung, TU. He has a BA in History from the University of Kansas. As the director of the Fortunoff Archive, Stephen works within the wider research community to share access to the collection through the access site program and online consortia programs, as well as presenting at conferences, symposiums and sessions of Yale University classes. Stephen is also responsible for spearheading initiatives such as digital preservation of the collection and a modern access system for the archive’s materials.
Mary Hendra is the Program Director for Los Angeles and Organizational Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves where she leads the southern California program team. In addition to designing and facilitating workshops and seminars, coaching teachers, and leading in-depth school work, Mary guides state-wide work in California for Facing History and Ourselves, sustaining authentic partnerships and collaboration to meet the needs of educators and schools throughout the state.