The NWCHGEE was chosen as one of 20 organizations nationally to receive a humanities focus grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $25,000 grant was used to fund a series of Holocaust-Genocide Studies workshops for elementary, middle and high school teachers in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.
While urban areas such as Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., offer resource and education centers to examine and address Holocaust-related issues, Washington's more rural regions do not. The ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of Whatcom and Skagit counties is changing and schoolteachers are witnessing an increased incidence of intolerance and prejudice in their classrooms. These workshops provided educators in the above-mentioned counties with improved knowledge and interdisciplinary strategies for presenting Holocaust and genocide-related topics in their language, English and social studies classes.
The purpose of the Holocaust-Genocide Workshop was to provide teachers with approaches to integrating Holocaust and genocide-related topics into their curriculum. Over the course of one year, participants and staff met with scholars to study the following topics:
- The cases for and against drawing parallels between the Holocaust and other episodes of genocide;
- The strengths and limitations of using fiction, non-fiction and artwork in the study of the Holocaust and other genocide;
- The courage/reasoning of those who risked their lives to save the oppressed and the role of non-Nazi perpetrators in the Holocaust.
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