Council for Holocaust Education
Resolution – January 29, 2017
The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education joins our fellow citizens across the nation in condemning any policy on immigration or emergency refuge that discriminates on the basis of religious status. The Executive Order ironically released on Friday, January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, clearly targets the Muslim community, putting innocent children, women, and men at risk. We affirm the oldest commitments of our country to welcome the tired, the poor, and those yearning to be free and reject any compromise of this essential value. Potential immigrants are already screened in ways that honor our need for security and stability, and they should not be forced into a holding pattern which endangers their lives and fundamental well-being. Many Americans are immigrants and the children and grandchildren of refugees, and we call on our government to extend the blessings of our country with openness, generosity, and a commitment to alleviate the suffering of others. This anniversary season, commemorating the 72nd liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, calls on all of us to rise toward the dignity and worth of all human beings.
What is the Council for Holocaust Education?
The Council for Holocaust Education, a partner body of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, exists to coordinate the education efforts of teachers and students in Holocaust education in the greater Tulsa area.
The Council is a committee of volunteers from across the community with administrative and financial support provided by the Community Relations Committee ( CRC ) of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa (JFT ). The Council focuses on commemoration of the Holocaust and provides education about the Holocaust to the Tulsa community through several venues. Among those are:
- Coordinating education efforts and curriculum development with teachers and students in Holocaust education in the greater Tulsa area;
- Hosting the annual Interfaith Yom Hashoah Commemoration event;
- Maintaining a speakers bureau;
- Partnering with other community organizations to support events associated with Holocaust remembrance and education (such as the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition, Tulsa City County Library (TCCL) and Circle Cinema (Circle);
- Identifying WWII veterans and providing focus on their service;
- Maintaining and continuing to build relationships with interfaith and community groups to promote tolerance and acceptance
The Educators’ Committee consists of experienced teachers in both secondary and higher education from the Greater Tulsa Area. These educators advise the Council on the pedagogical aspects of our Holocaust programming.
The Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund
In Memory of Dawid Sierakowiak
This endowment fund of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa honors Eva Unterman, who as a child survived the ghetto and camps, and has gone on to lead our community in meaningful and poignant Holocaust interfaith programs.
What is the White Rose?
The White Rose was formed by a handful of students, among them brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, who felt compelled to raise their voices in protest of the frightening environment in which they lived and studied.
They met secretly to express their fears and concerns about the society evolving around them, eventually writing essays they published in leaflets that they distributed anonymously, first in Munich, where most of them were studying medicine, and later traveling to other cities to mail them anonymously to persons they had selected from the phone book.
Their essays challenged their fellow students and others to resist the propaganda they were being handed by the government and to resist the policies of the Nazi regime by distributing their pamphlets and promoting other forms of political dissent.
According to the exhibit on display at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., “Of the groups in Germany that opposed Hitler’s dictatorship, only one, code named “White Rose”, openly protested the Nazi genocide against the Jews
2015-16 White Rose Essay Winners
Middle School First Place: “The Theory of Justice” By Maleah C., Bixby Middle School
High School First Place: “Justice For All” By Alyssa W., Jenks High School