Council for Holocaust Education

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

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

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whiterose02What 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 whiterose03lived 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

The 2016-17 White Rose Memorial Essay Contest Prompt & Deadline



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



  • Summer Institute for Holocaust Education – 2016

    The Council for Holocaust Education announces the return of the Summer Institute for educators, now named the Eva K. Unterman Summer Institute for Holocaust Education,  which will take place on July 31, August 1, and August 2.  The 2015 Summer Institute drew 50 educators from across the state of Oklahoma, as well as Arkansas. Council Continue Reading

  • 2016 Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration to present “Close to Evil,” featuring Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental

      In 1944, 9-year-old Tomi Reichental was deported from his native Slovakia to the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After the war, he eventually settled in Ireland, where he married, had a family and never spoke of his ordeal. Since breaking his silence, Reichental has come close to evil in the form of one of his Continue Reading

  • Financing the Future of Holocaust Education

    By Suzie Bogle, Director of Holocaust Education For the past 18 years, survivor Eva Unterman has devoted her time to Holocaust education and commemoration in Tulsa. The first annual Yom HaShoah was held in what is now the Lecture Hall of the CSJCC in 1998. Gerda Seifer was the speaker and the mostly Jewish audience Continue Reading

  • Book Discussion: I Was a Boy in Belsen

      I Was a Boy In Belsen is Tomi Reichental’s account of his childhood experience during the Holocaust, including his internment in the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A native of Slovakia, Tomi has lived in Dublin, Ireland since 1959. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to Holocaust education in Ireland, and two feature-length Continue Reading

  • Propaganda and Persecution: A Personal Perspective

    Peter Feigl was a German schoolboy living in Vienna when the Nazis annexed Austria. Although Peter was baptized Catholic, the Nazis considered him racially Jewish. Peter’s parents sent him to a Catholic summer camp for safekeeping, and through an extended network of rescuers, he survived the war. His wartime diary was recovered and published in Continue Reading

  • Making Connections

    by Suzie Bogle, Director of Holocaust Education For three days at the end of July, 31 middle and high school teachers, seven Sherwin Miller Museum docents and one Holocaust Council member participated in our second annual Summer Institute for Holocaust Educators. They began by touring the Holocaust & Judaica exhibits at the museum, followed by Continue Reading

  • Book Discussion: The Drowned and the Saved

      Published months after Italian writer Primo Levi’s suicide in 1987, The Drowned and the Saved is a small but powerful look at Auschwitz, the hell where Levi was imprisoned during World War II. The book was Levi’s third on the subject, following Survival in Auschwitz (1947) and The Reawakening (1963). Removed from the experience Continue Reading

  • Summer Institute Returns

    The Council for Holocaust Education announces the return of their Summer Institute for educators, which will take place on July 29, 30 & 31 of this year. Last summer, 50 teachers from across the state attended a two-day Summer Institute, and this year a third day of enhanced training for returning teachers will be offered. Continue Reading

  • Remembering VE Day

    by Suzie Bogle, Director of Holocaust Education On Friday, May 8, the Jewish Federation of Tulsa commemorated the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe – or VE Day – by bringing together World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors for a luncheon. Twenty veterans were in attendance, including Jewish veterans Howard Alexander, Joe Degen, Harriet Continue Reading

  • Pieces of the Puzzle

    By Suzie Bogle, Director of Holocaust Education On Thursday, April 16, Eva Unterman will address the Tulsa Community as the featured speaker at our 18th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration at Congregation B’nai Emunah. As the event’s organizer for the past 17 years, Eva has presented programs on numerous important topics with the input of survivors Continue Reading

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