Council for Holocaust Education
What is the Council for Holocaust Education?
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.
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.
What is the White Rose?
The White Rose organization, including brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, felt compelled to protest the frightening environment in which they lived and studied. Their protests took the form of essays published in leaflets that were distributed anonymously in Munich, and then later mailed to persons selected from the phone book. These essays challenged citizens to resist the Nazi policies and encouraged non-violent political dissent. The White Rose members knew that to be silent in the face of evil was to surrender to it, encourage it, and enable it to grow stronger. Thus, their movement united others to resist Nazi tyranny by striving to eradicate the “face of evil” before it destroyed more innocent lives. According to an exhibit on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., “Of all the groups in Germany that opposed Hitler’s dictatorship, only one, code-named ‘White Rose’, openly protested the Nazi genocide against the Jews.”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.
2019 Kristallnacht and 2020 Yom HaShoah Art Competitions