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Finding Esther Within: Purim in the Wake of Genocides

March
9

By THGC Admin
Rabbi Brian Strauss of Houston describes the Jewish annual festival of Purim, which occurs later this month (March 23-24). Centered on the biblical Book of Esther, Purim recounts a story of one villain's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to orchestrate a genocide against ancient Persia's Jews. Purim is especially joyful in its remembrance of the intended victims' salvation. By contrast, however, the memory of millions murdered in recent genocides has prompted many people to question traditional assumptions about how we can best understand historical atrocities.

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March 1: Ambassador Siv, From the Killing Fields to the White House

March
1

By Jasmine Bisheh, Education Intern
Our Education Intern profiles Ambassador Sichan Siv, one of our commissioners. Siv is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge's genocidal terror in Cambodia, and now makes his home in Texas.

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February 16th: Commissioner Philipson, Collecting Pieces of History

February
16

By Jasmine Bisheh, Education Intern
Commissioner Gregg Philipson is an Austin resident whose collections and speaking engagements are much in demand. Learn about his impressive contributions to Holocaust education in the state of Texas.

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To Warn or Not to Warn, That is the Question

February
12

By THGC Admin
Trigger warnings began on the Internet as a method to alert viewers of possibly distressing materials. Since then, students’ demand for the use of trigger warnings inside the classroom has sparked numerous debates. One side argues for the need of protecting students with PTSD, while others claim the use of trigger warnings can inhibit students’ intellectual growth.

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7 February: The Death of “The Angel of Death” and Best Classroom Practices

February
7

By J.E. Wolfson
Dr. Josef Mengele has been dead for decades, but still looms large in the popular imagination as a terrifying if enigmatic figure. This entry aims to help classroom teachers break through his mystique so that students can see more clearly what came under assault in the Holocaust.

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