June 27-July 1, 2016
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am -3:30 pm

This comprehensive course presents a chronological history of the Holocaust and will address the following topics:

  • Jewish Life Prior to the Great War
  • World War I and the Emergence of Nazism
  • World War II and the Final Solution
  • Victim Groups
  • Camps
  • Perpetrators, Accomplices, Bystanders
  • Rescue and Resistance
  • The Aftermath of the Holocaust
  • Using Testimonies in the Classroom
  • Practical applications in the classroom

This course will give participants the necessary tools to teach and address the complexities involved in teaching this subject matter.  Materials used to carry out this goal will include primary source documents, historiographical essays, memoirs, oral histories, and representations of the Holocaust such as film, art, and memorials.

Instructor: Joanna Sliwa

Joanna Sliwa is a doctoral candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Her dissertation explores daily life and inter-ethnic relations in Krakow, Poland during the Holocaust from the perspective of Jewish children's experiences. Joanna received a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, both from Kean University. She has held administrative positions at universities, nonprofits, and businesses. Sliwa has experience as an educator and university instructor. She also serves as a researcher, translator, and a foreign language consultant for projects ranging from academic texts, to websites, and films.



"The Rutgers MTI program offers educators an in-depth approach to studying historical content while emphasizing best practices in teaching history to students today.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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