Upcoming Programs and Events

For more information about programs and events, call 248.553.2400.

 

Thursday, May 31 / 6:30 pm
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators

Documentary Film

Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. Since the first publication in 1941, the beloved book series has sold over 75 million copies in over 25 languages. George has become a cultural icon, jumping off the pages of the books as an international TV and movie star. The story of his creators, Hans and Margret Rey, however, is still largely unknown. The Reys were a husband and wife team, German Jews, global refugees, and immigrants to America. On makeshift bicycles carrying the original Curious George manuscript, they rode across Nazi occupied Europe in search of free.

Using animation, archival materials, and interviews, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators explores the extraordinary lives of the Reys, who were as curious and adventures as George himself.

  • $10 tickets non-members, free to members
  • RSVP requested to 248.553.2400, ext. 112 or rsvp@holocaustcenter.org
  • Runtime: 82 Minutes
 
 
 

Sunday, June 3 / 3:15 pm
Shores Beyond Shores

Book Talk featuring Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter

As Irene Butter’s Pappi fights to save his family during the Holocaust, Irene’s childhood is lost. Play is restricted. Family and friends disappear. Finally, with the Dutch police at their door comes the reality that Irene’s father has not moved his family far enough from Hitler’s Germany.

By January 1945, the family is struggling to survive a death camp. Irene tends her ailing parents, cares for starving kids, and even helps bring clothes to her Amsterdam neighbor Anne Frank, before her family is offered a singular chance for freedom…providing the Nazi doctor says they are healthy enough. After two weeks of heart-lifting miracles and heart-breaking tragedies, Irene arrives in the Algerian desert to journey into redemption and womanhood, without her parents or brother.

Irene Butter’s memoir, Shores Beyond Shores, is an account of how the heart keeps its common humanity in the most inhumane and turbulent of times. Irene’s hard-earned lessons are a timeless inspiration.

  • Free with membership or included with museum admission
  • Book signing to follow
 
 
 

Sunday, June 10 / 10:30 am
Why? Explaining the Holocaust

Featuring Award-Winning Professor of History and Holocaust Lecturer, Peter Hayes

Why did the Holocaust happen? Why the persecution of the Jews and not another ethnic group? Why the Germans? Why such a swift and sweeping extermination? Why didn't the Jews receive more help?

Eminent historian Peter Hayes, Ph.D. offers eye-opening, accessible answers to these seemingly incomprehensible questions. Recently retired from Northwestern University and still active as a consultant and board member of many scholarly and public societies, Professor Hayes has published numerous articles and books on the Third Reich, World War II and the Holocaust. In his new book Why? Explaining the Holocaust, he describes the factors that led to the Holocaust, while challenging many time-honored explanations for its causes and effects.

Thank you to Event Sponsors: Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies, Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit Jewish News, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, and Hillel of Metro Detroit.

 
 
 

Monday, July 9 through Saturday, July 14 / All Day
Michigan Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education:
An Interdiscplinary Inquiry on Teaching the Holocaust
Holocaust Education Seminar

Studying, Learning & Teaching: Critical Lessons in Holocaust Education
The Michigan Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education will ask teachers to assume the dual role of student and teacher during the week-long seminar. Participants will deepen Holocaust and genocide content knowledge, while also exploring and sharing teaching strategies that meet the 2016 Michigan mandate on genocide and Holocaust education and have long-lasting impacton students.

The program offers the following areas of focus and experience:

- Testimony from Holocaust survivors
- Presentations by content specialists on a comprehensive range of topics
- Work with primary documents and teaching resource materials
- Immersion into the pedagogy of genocide, antisemitism, and social justice
- Use of media and literacy tools and skills in presenting historical fact, context, and relevance
- Sessions held at a world-class Holocaust museum
- Professional collaboration with colleagues from across Michigan
- Opportunity for inquiry, instructional design, connection, and reflection

  • Held at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills
  • Lodging provided at the new Hampton Inn West Bloomfield/Southfield
  • $125 per participant includes lodging, breakfast, lunches, and SCECHs
  • All participants will become members of the statewide network of Holocaust educators for ongoing collaboration and sharing of teaching and learning resources and strategies.
  • View the seminar flyer here
  • Apply Today at https://www.toli.us/satellite-program/michigan/
 
 
 

Monday, August 13 / 8:30 am-4:00pm
Teaching the Holocaust: Empowering Students

Holocaust Education Seminar

Echoes and Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust education materials and dynamic content. The curriculum empowers teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future.

Echoes and Reflections engages students to reflect and think critically about how the Holocaust influences the social issues unfolding in the world today. The content is:

Standards-based: Compliant with state and national educational standards.
Interdisciplinary: Connects to topics related to history, social studies, language arts, and the humanities.
Personalized: Contains carefully aligned audiovisual testimonies and personal stories from survivors, liberators, and other witnesses.
Multimedia: Integrated with primary and secondary sources like documents, visual history testimony, artwork, and poetry.
Adaptable: Customizable to be used individually or as part of a larger course of study.

 
 
 

Tuesday, August 14 / 8:30 am-4:00pm
Teaching the Holocaust: Empowering Students

Holocaust Education Seminar

Echoes and Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust education materials and dynamic content. The curriculum empowers teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future.

Echoes and Reflections engages students to reflect and think critically about how the Holocaust influences the social issues unfolding in the world today. The content is:

Standards-based: Compliant with state and national educational standards.
Interdisciplinary: Connects to topics related to history, social studies, language arts, and the humanities.
Personalized: Contains carefully aligned audiovisual testimonies and personal stories from survivors, liberators, and other witnesses.
Multimedia: Integrated with primary and secondary sources like documents, visual history testimony, artwork, and poetry.
Adaptable: Customizable to be used individually or as part of a larger course of study.

 
 
 

Wednesday, August 15 / 8:30 am-4:00pm
Teaching the Holocaust: Empowering Students

Holocaust Education Seminar

Echoes and Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust education materials and dynamic content. The curriculum empowers teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future.

Echoes and Reflections engages students to reflect and think critically about how the Holocaust influences the social issues unfolding in the world today. The content is:

Standards-based: Compliant with state and national educational standards.
Interdisciplinary: Connects to topics related to history, social studies, language arts, and the humanities.
Personalized: Contains carefully aligned audiovisual testimonies and personal stories from survivors, liberators, and other witnesses.
Multimedia: Integrated with primary and secondary sources like documents, visual history testimony, artwork, and poetry.
Adaptable: Customizable to be used individually or as part of a larger course of study.

 
 
 

Thursday, August 16 / 8:30 am-4:00pm
Teaching the Holocaust: Empowering Students

Holocaust Education Seminar

Echoes and Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust education materials and dynamic content. The curriculum empowers teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future.

Echoes and Reflections engages students to reflect and think critically about how the Holocaust influences the social issues unfolding in the world today. The content is:

Standards-based: Compliant with state and national educational standards.
Interdisciplinary: Connects to topics related to history, social studies, language arts, and the humanities.
Personalized: Contains carefully aligned audiovisual testimonies and personal stories from survivors, liberators, and other witnesses.
Multimedia: Integrated with primary and secondary sources like documents, visual history testimony, artwork, and poetry.
Adaptable: Customizable to be used individually or as part of a larger course of study.