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MMC Professor Awarded Holocaust Fellowship


Published Date3\23\2012
Associate Professor of English at Mount Marty College, Dr. Janis Hausmann, has been awarded a fellowship to participate in an educational tour of historical sites in Poland and Israel. She, along with other educators from across the United States, belongs to the Holocaust Educators Network, a program sponsored by the Memorial Library in New York City. The trip will take place from March 24 - April 4, 2012.

The Holocaust Educators Network, a group of more than 100 middle school, high school, and college faculty who have participated in summer seminars offered by the Memorial Library, began in 2006. Dr. Hausmann and the group of seventeen will spend ten days visiting historical sites related to the Holocaust and other sites that are important to contemporary Jewish life. They will then bring their firsthand experience of these places back to their classrooms and communities.

Dr. Hausmann is excited about her upcoming trip, "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to experience these places. I will be able to take this trip and incorporate it into my teaching and give my students a fresh perspective; a personal one." While on the trip, Dr. Hausmann plans to blog with current students so they stay connected with what she is doing and learning.

"Originally I was planning to teach my course, 'Literature of the Holocaust and Other Genocides', to support the MMC Trip to Europe this summer," continued Dr. Hausmann. "They'll be touring many of these same places, but at that time in planning I didn’t know about my fellowship. It's just a great addition to be able to add this experience for the students."

The group will visit notable sites including the Warsaw Ghetto, Oskar Schindler's factory, and the concentration camps including Majdanek and Auschwitz. In Israel, the teachers will travel to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where they will be able to tour both sacred and secular sites including Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, and visit Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of critical importance to Jewish history. In both Poland and Israel, the teachers will travel with a Holocaust survivor and a historian, and they will meet local educators to exchange ideas about the rewards and challenges of teaching about the Holocaust.

Dr. Hausmann has been helping to lead a Holocaust Institute in South Dakota since 2009 that also builds connections between teaching about the Holocaust and American Indian history.

To learn more about the Memorial Library, the Holocaust Educators Network, the Summer Seminar and the Satellite Seminar programs, please visit www.thememoriallibrary.org.