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Council for Holocaust Education

 What is the Council for Holocaust Education?

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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

What is the Educators’ Committee?

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.

Council and Educators Committee Members


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.

Read more about The Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund

Donate To The Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund

 

What is the White Rose?whiterose02

The White Rose organization, including brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, whiterose03felt 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.

2016-17 White Rose Essay Winners

Middle School First Place: Julia A., Kiefer Junior High School –  “Rising Up Against Injustice”

High School First Place: Brooke M., Rejoice Christian –  “Chutzpah in the Face of Evil”

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The Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education’s Eleventh Annual White Rose Memorial Essay Contest

For Middle, Jr. High, and High School Students

Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2017-2018 ESSAY PROMPT:

It has been said, “To forget a Holocaust is to kill twice.” Organizations like Yahad in Unum, Yad Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other Holocaust organizations emphasize the importance of remembering individual victims in their work. They focus on retrieving individual identities of those who were murdered during the Holocaust, in an effort to ensure they are remembered as unique human beings rather than anonymous victims. In the same spirit of remembrance, research and write about the life (pre-war, during, and post-war) of one victim of the Nazi regime in order to preserve his or her memory. Next, explain why it is important that you, as a student 73 years after the Holocaust, continue to remember these stories and give identity and voice to the victims.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:

Length: 500-1000 words

Eligibility: Students in grades 6-8 at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year may participate. Students may win an award only once in each school category.

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:

Length: 750-1500 words

Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12 at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year may participate. Students may win an award only once in each school category.

ESSAY REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST:

  • Does the essay completely address this year’s essay contest topic?
  • Have you given your essay a descriptive title?
  • Is your essay the required length?
  • Is your essay typed, double-spaced, with left and right margins set at 1 inch, on one side of white 8.5 by 11 inch paper with Times New Roman font?
  • Have you made sure that your name, school, or city DOES NOT appear anywhere on the essay manuscript (only on the attached entry form)?
  • Did you include parenthetical citations of sources used?
  • Does your essay have a standardized Works Cited page?
  • Did you completely fill out the entry form provided by your teacher?

WHITE ROSE AWARDS: Ten students from grades 6-8 and also from grades 9-12 will be honored with a symbolic white rose. From these top essays, first, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

Grades 6-8                                                                        Grades 9-12

First prize            $ 250                                                          First prize            $ 250

Second prize       $ 150                                                           Second prize       $ 150

Third prize          $  50                                                           Third prize          $  50

 

All students selected for outstanding essays will be inducted in to the Friends of the White Rose – Tulsa Region at a special recognition ceremony. Winning essays will be posted on our website: jewishtulsa.org.

JUDGING CRITERIA: Each essay will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Depth of research
  • Quality of writing
  • Fulfillment of the prompt requirements
  • Accuracy of factual information
  • Responsible citation of sources consulted
  • Fulfillment of contest requirements concerning topic, eligibility, guidelines, and endorsement

Note: Any essay that does not address the ENTIRE prompt will be disqualified.

SUBMISSIONS: Sponsoring teachers may hand deliver, submit by US mail, or electronically submit their students’ essays. A completed entry form for each student’s submission must also be included. These must arrive no later than March 13, 2018. Essays should be delivered or mailed to

The White Rose Essay Contest
The Jewish Federation of Tulsa
2021 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74136

For entry forms or more information, contact dhe@jewishtulsa.org or 918-495-1100.

2018 Yom HaShoah Art Contest

The 2018 Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance ceremony will take place on Monday, April 9, 2018 at TCC VanTrease PACE at 7 pm. Winners of the Arts Competition will have their pieces displayed at the VanTrease PACE for the event, the others will be displayed at the Tulsa Jewish Federation. The reception for winners of the Arts Competition will be on Sunday, April 15th. Each year, students from the Tulsa area display art work created in response to their classroom learning at the Remembrance Day event.

Student art work can be submitted into either the middle school (grades 6-8) or high school (grades 9-12) category.

Criteria:

  • “Artwork” is understood to be visual art in any medium, but is not understood to refer to film, music, dance, or drama (the performing arts).
  • All artworks should be easily portable and either freestanding, or be able to sit on an easel or a tabletop.
  • Artworks may be submitted by individual students or by groups of students.
  • The artist/s name, school and teacher should appear on the artwork in a place that is not visible when displayed (such as the bottom or back of the artwork).
  • A short (1-3 sentence) artist/s’ statement should accompany each artwork.
  • Artworks that require batteries or electricity may not be displayed, for logistical reasons.
  • Artworks that include blood, body parts, or ashes will not be displayed.
  • Artwork will be judged based on originality, attention to detail and evidence of historical research. Judges will include representatives from the Council for Holocaust Education, The Sherwin Miller Museum, and former teachers.

Prizes:

Ten finalists will be selected in the middle school category and ten in the high school category.  From these 20, the following prizes will be awarded in each category:

First Place: $250                  Second place: $150                         Third place: $50

For more information or to reserve exhibit, email dhe@jewishtulsa.org.

To download Identity Plate and Artist’s Statement (which are required for each piece,) you can download here.

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