June 26-30, 2017
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. Kosher lunch is provided each day.

Instructor: Joanna Sliwa
Dr. Joanna Sliwa is a historian of the Holocaust and modern Jewish history. She taught in the History Department at Rutgers University, and in the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Kean University. She served as a faculty advisor to the Master Teacher Institute in Holocaust Education at the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, where she also taught summer mini courses on the Holocaust for teachers. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Sliwa serves as a translator and historical consultant for projects ranging from academic texts, to websites, and films. She is currently a historian at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference).

Pedagogical consultant: Colleen Tambuscio
Colleen Tambuscio is a long time special education and regular education teacher who has been involved in Holocaust and genocide education for the past twenty years and currently teaches at New Milford High School. She has an MA in Jewish-Christian Studies from Seton Hall University, and is an educational consultant to the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education.  In 1998, Colleen was named as a Mandel Fellow to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and continues to serve as a US Holocaust Memorial Regional Museum Educator.  Tambuscio is the founder and President of the Council of Holocaust Educators, a national professional development organization for educators interested in teaching the Holocaust and genocide.


"The Rutgers MTI program offers educators an in-depth approach to studying historical content while emphasizing best practices in teaching history to students today.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