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The Universalization and Contemporary Abuse of Holocaust History

The Universalization and Contemporary Abuse of Holocaust History

The lessons of the Holocaust have become public property, with an emphasis on universalization that often results in the erasing of the unique experience of Jews. Awareness about the Holocaust has begun to fade, diminished under the passage of time as well as the weight of Holocaust distortions, inappropriate comparisons, Holocaust “fatigue,” and, most recently, the return of traditional anti-Jewish tropes that disregard the significance of the Holocaust. Dr. Elana Heideman, Executive Director of The Israel Forever Foundation, explores the misappropriation of Holocaust history and imagery and discusses what we can do to change the current trends.

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Erasing the Jew from Holocaust Memory

Dr. Elana Heideman discusses the trend of reframing the Holocaust as a collective human experience with universal implications that, unfortunately, casts aside the identity and memory of the Jews for whom the machine of murder was created.

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Holocaust memory continues, but knowledge is fading

Holocaust memory continues, but knowledge is fading

The Holocaust is discussed and commemorated in memorial days and yet knowledge is fading. How do we pass on understanding of the Holocaust, its meaning and lessons after there are no more survivors left to teach us? Dr Elana Heideman provides questions that, if answered, will help each of us attain deeper knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust

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VOICE OF MEMORY: REFLECTION IN ART

VOICE OF MEMORY: REFLECTION IN ART

This Israel Forever art activity was designed to connect conscious awareness of the Holocaust with deeper emotions to evoke understanding and create a personal way of remembering

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Flame of Life: Text Based Art

Flame of Life: Text Based Art

Create your own Flame of Life as a symbol of how you will keep the memory of the Holocaust alive in your heart.

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From Kristallnacht to Today: Witnessing Jew Hatred rear its ugly head and what we can do about it

From Kristallnacht to Today: Witnessing Jew Hatred rear its ugly head and what we can do about it

Join Israel Forever’s Executive Director Dr. Elana Heideman for a special conversation on Antisemitism, Kristallnacht, the parallels with Jew-hatred today and what we can do about it.

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Denying The “Right” to Holocaust Denial Activity

Denying The “Right” to Holocaust Denial Activity

The issue of free speech vs censorship on both mainstream and social media is an ongoing topic of interest, and Holocaust denial quite often falls in a “grey area” - is it or is it not allowed? Where are the boundaries? This activity will help engage learners in an exploration of ideas and challenges posed by modern day forms of denying the Holocaust.

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Elie Wiesel Bearing Witness Reflection Activity

Elie Wiesel Bearing Witness Reflection Activity

Based on the words of Elie Wiesel, author, teacher, survivor of the Holocaust and voice for humanity, at his speech before the United Nations. This reflection activity encourages exploration of individual elements of the lessons of memory as passed down by one of the masters of Jewish history who witnessed firsthand the horrors and the hope of Jewish life in a modern world.

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Memory Leading Memory: Lessons I learned from Elie Wiesel

Memory Leading Memory: Lessons I learned from Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel is considered to be the proverbial “conscience of the world,” having gained fame through his determination to protect Holocaust memory and to fight for Jewish and human rights wherever and whenever necessary. Now it is our responsibility to take up the task of memory, as Elie taught us, to speak truth to power and to hold power accountable to truth.

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