Left to Right: Dessie Wakefield, Frederick Carrier, Dr. Harriet Sepinwall, Peppy Margolis and Irving Roth.
Morristown, N.J. (June 3, 2013) – The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., hosted 150 teachers and supervisors from New Jersey public, Catholic and Jewish schools for a professional development program entitled, After the Holocaust: the Courage to Rebuild – New Strategies and Resources for Meeting the New Jersey Mandate on Holocaust Education on May 29, 2013. The day-long program provided opportunities for teachers in elementary, middle and high schools to learn from the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and a liberator of the Buchenwald concentration camp, as well as from master teachers in Holocaust education.
Linda Sue Galate, teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Orange, N.J., described the program as "an exceptional workshop, one of stimulation and inspiration." Deborah Rokosni, teacher of genocide studies at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, N.J., was eager to apply the day's lessons to her classroom as she said, "With coming here and learning the truth, I can create lesson plans to teach students new skills and use new tools while sharing information about the Holocaust." Dr. Paul B. Winkler, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education described it as "a wonderful workshop with a high caliber of presenters. The program indeed helped the state to meet the 'Mandate.'"
Keynote speakers were Dr. Winkler and Stefanie Seltzer, child survivor of the Holocaust who shared her testimony and also her current role as president of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants.
Workshops included the March of the Living's new "Liberators Project" presented by Dr. David Machlis, international vice chairman; Frederick Carrier, U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Retired) Liberator of Buchenwald; Irving Roth survivor of Buchenwald, who is founder of the "Adopt a Survivor" program and director of the Holocaust Resource Center - Temple Judea of Manhasset. Additional workshop presenters included Christopher Zaar of the National Archives; Dr. Marlene W. Yahalom of the education department of the American Society for Yad Vashem; Peppy Margolis, director of the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College, and author of Caring Makes a Difference, NJ Commission on Holocaust Education Curriculum Guide for K-4, and Ryan Lilienthal, immigration attorney in Princeton, NJ, who shared his experiences in researching his own family using newly available documents.
The professional development program was collaboratively planned and sponsored by the College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center and the Education Department of the American Society for Yad Vashem. The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education was co-sponsor and the day was also supported, in part, by the Linda and Murray Laulicht Teacher Training Fund of the College of Saint Elizabeth.