This workshop provides teachers with an overview about a new online workshop on antisemitism tailored to students of grades 10-12, recently developed by the VHEC as a direct response to the rise of antisemitism in Canada and around the world. The workshop features historical examples of antisemitism and propaganda from the VHEC Collections, exploring how the Holocaust represents a paradigmatic genocide and the most severe consequences of hate and racism left unchecked.
A focus of the workshop is on contemporary forms of the hatred of Jews including current events involving the far-right, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis, and how students can become allies against it and other forms of racism. By providing practical guidelines to students, this workshop demonstrates how they can enhance their media literacy skills to detect antisemitic tropes and how they can confront antisemitic comments, images and conspiracy theories such as QAnon and others when encountering these in person or online.
This workshop will be launched in the spring of the 2020/21 school year as a free-of-charge online resource. It supports educators in their teaching about racism, antisemitism and the Holocaust in a variety of settings, including home-based learning. It will be offered as an in-classroom workshop facilitated by VHEC volunteer docents when safe and feasible.
With the generous support of the David & Lil Shafran Endowment Fund of the VHEC.
Teachers and students of grades 10-12
Ilona Shulman Spaar, PhD, is the Education Director and Curator of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. She is in charge of the centre’s school programming, educational resources and professional development events for teachers. Ilona is the curator of the museum’s original exhibitions Treasured Belongings: The Hahn Family & the Search for a Stolen Legacy (2019), In Focus: The Holocaust Through the VHEC Collection (2018) and Faces of Survival: Photographs by Marissa Roth (2018).