Master Teacher Institute in Holocaust Education

The Master Teacher Institute (MTI) in Holocaust Education is a dynamic advanced training program to develop expert teachers in Holocaust studies who will serve as resource providers in their schools, districts, and communities. The MTI engages teachers in a wide-ranging study of the history of the Holocaust and its remembrance and addresses the complex methodological issues involved in teaching about this subject.

The MTI is open to middle and high school educators teaching in New Jersey. Applicants must have a minimum of three years teaching experience and at least one year of involvement with Holocaust/genocide education.



One Day Workshop

The Holocaust in Poland and its Aftermath under Communism

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

This workshop will focus on life in the ghetto, Jewish life in Poland in the aftermath of World War II, the trauma of exile and issues of representation. Over 90% of the Jews in Poland were murdered during the Holocaust. In the immediate aftermath of the war, surviving Polish Jews grappled with returning to their homes. Those that did faced many challenges, including violence and living under a communist system dominated by Moscow. Filmmaker Marian Marzynski was smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto as a child and in 1968 was expelled from Poland in the wake of a government-sponsored "anti-Zionist" campaign. For almost 50 years he has been making documentary films, many times turning the camera on himself. In this presentation, he will talk about his life experience and show clips from his films.

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nancy sinkoff“The Holocaust in Poland and its Aftermath under Communism”
Nancy Sinkoff, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Academic Director, The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University


Marzynski“A Child Survivor with a Film Camera”
Marian Marzynski, a Polish Jewish documentary filmmaker, was smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 as a young child. He lived in Poland until the antisemitic campaign of 1968, when roughly 13,000 Polish Jews were expelled from the country. He fled to Denmark and eventually came to the United States in 1972. For almost 50 years he has been making documentary films, many times turning the camera on himself. In this presentation, he will talk about his life experience and show clips from his films.

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PARKING: All registered participants will be permitted to park in Lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck.
You must register your vehicle prior to April 30.

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Master Teacher Institute in Holocaust Education

History of the Holocaust

July 8-12, 2019

Open to 6-12 grade teachers.

The course includes the origins of the Holocaust, victim groups, bystanders and rescuers, Holocaust memory, understanding camps and ghettos, and using testimonies in the classroom and pedagogical strategies.

Educational Materials, Professional Development Credits and Lunch provided.

More details to come. An application is required to attend.

Please return the completed application for the summer program to: 
The Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax: 732-932-3052

There is no fee to participate in these MTI programs.

The MTI prepares teachers to:
  • Teach the Holocaust with primary documents
  • Teach Holocaust literature
  • Teach the Holocaust with film, photography, art, and other media
  • Prepare students for visits to Holocaust exhibits
  • Teach about the Holocaust within the broader framework of other genocides, prejudice, and intolerance

Participating teachers receive:
  • Resource materials for classroom use and professional enrichment
  • Access to leading scholars of the Holocaust
  • Assistance in curriculum development from experts in Holocaust pedagogy
  • Access to supportive teacher network
  • Access to Shoah Visual History Archive

For further information please call Sarah Portilla at 848-932-4165. For updates and announcements of related programs, please join our teacher email list.

Past presenters include:

James Young, University of Massachusettes, Amherst • Omer Bartov, Brown University • David Engel, New York University • Henry Greenspan, University of Michigan • Jan Gross, Princeton University • Atina Grossman, The New School • Marion Kaplan, New York University • Samuel Kassow, Trinity College • Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania • Hanna Yablonka, Yad Vashem  and Ben- Gurion University


"The Rutgers MTI program offers educators an in-depth approach to studying historical content while emphasizing best practices in teaching history to students today. Educators leave this program with a deeper understanding of the Holocaust through exposure to scholars who are actively engaged in research and they value offering their research to educators currently in the classroom. Finally, the Rutgers MTI enables participants to educate their students to be critical consumers of content." 
         - Colleen Tambuscio
            Educational Consultant
What participants say about the MTI:

“The teaching of tolerance must be made a priority if our learning community’s cultural diversity is to remain one of our strengths.”

- Zhanna Pikman Rilof

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